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The Worst Sandwiches in America

These waistline-expanding stackers are the absolute worst concoctions you can find between two pieces of bread

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The Worst Sandwiches in America // fatty sub sandwich © Thinkstock

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In comic books, it’s easy to tell which masked marauder is the hero (Spiderman, Batman, Aquaman, most everyone else whose name ends in “man”) and which one’s the villain (Green Goblin, The Joker, The Riddler, and most everyone else who wears green). But sometimes, the hero is the villain. Like when you walk into a restaurant, and order one of the hero sandwiches we’ve listed below.

A sandwich is just about the easiest meal in the world to make: You take two pieces of bread, and put something delicious in the middle. Done. With a smart mix of high fiber carbs (like whole-wheat bread), lean protein (like roast beef or turkey), produce (lettuce, tomatoes, or whatever floats your boat), and healthy topping (mustard, relish, or even a modest schmear of mayo), a sandwich is a complete meal you can eat with one hand while dueling Two-Face with the other. Yet America’s chain restaurants seem determined to create a Bizzaro world, where everything good is bad, and a simple, nutritious hero becomes a duplicitous dietary demon.

Fortunately, the world is changing. When we began the Eat This, Not That! movement four years ago, nutritional information was almost impossible to come by. Today, thanks to the book series, most chains post their info for customers to see. Still, it helps to be forewarned and forearmed. Steer clear of the breaded beasts below, and you’ll be eating healthy faster than you can say “Mister Mxyzptlk!”

Bonus Tip: Liquid calories add up fast, and they’re the hardest to burn off! Make sure you’re not sabotaging your diet by drinking any of the caloric offenders that made this list: The 20 Worst Drinks in America.