10 of the most fattening foods from around the world
Let’s start with our home and native land. One of Canada’s top fatty foods hail from la belle province: poutine. French fries on their own are not healthy for you, but top it with high-fat cheese curds and then douse it all in a salty gravy? That takes this pile of fries to new levels of fattiness.
There’s so much butter in French cuisine, and a bowl of aligot is no exception. It’s a savoury whipped concoction that includes mashed potatoes, butter, cream, garlic and cheese—essentially all of the fatty, savoury food you crave.
You can find churros nowadays in most cities—these fried lengths of dough originate from Spain. Not only are these doughnuts fried, but then they’re dipped in sugar and cinnamon and then it’s customary to dip them in chocolate. Plus, they’re often eaten for breakfast in Spain. How’s that for a decadent sweet start to your day?
Deep-Fried Mars Bar
A candy bar in itself is not a healthy snack. Make it even more fattening by encasing a Mars Bar in dough and deep frying it as they do often in Scotland. Inside, the candy bar becomes deliciously melted and gooey.
Ramen joints are popping up in most cities and as comforting as this bowl of noodles is on a rainy day, know that even if there’s veggies and some protein alongside the noodles, the oily broth is typically a salty, fatty concoction.
Take black-eyed peas, roll them into a ball, and deep fry them in palm oil. Then stuff those fried balls with pastes made of shrimp, spices, ground nuts. That’ll give you acarajes, a food from Brazil that’s high in saturated fat thanks to the palm oil these snacks are fried in.
Many people shun bread when they’re trying to lose weight, and they’ll definitely want to steer clear of khachapuri This oblong-shaped bread from Georgia is filled with melted cheese, topped with an egg and a big pat of butter. It’s a carb and fat feast!
In 2012, Nutella was slammed with a class-action lawsuit that resulted in them paying out millions to parents for suggesting the spread was a healthy choice. But this chocolate-hazelnut spread is high in fat (in two tablespoons, you’ll get 110 calories from fat alone!). Make it even fattier as they do in France by putting it in between a crepe that’s been fried in butter.
You may have noticed a key cooking method amongst many of these fatty foods on this list: deep frying. In India, one of their fattiest foods is jalebi—deep fried dough that’s then given a sweet bath in syrup. Your dentist will not approve.
Chicken Fried Steak
The U.S. and in particular the South is not known for its healthy cuisine. One of the dishes its known for boasts an enormous amount of fat: chicken-fried steak. It includes a steak that’s been pounded thin, dipped in batter and fried and then topped with a creamy, salty gravy. You might want a defibrillator on hand just in case when eating this.