The foot-long cheeseburger from Carl's Jr. was probably the grossest item on the latest edition of "Thought for Food" from Stephen Colbert and the "Colbert Report."
Unlike the Grilled Cheese Burger Melt, the foot-long cheeseburger wasn't news or all that shocking. The burger doesn't look that appetizing, especially with the lame hoagie bun that hosts all that food.
Colbert pointed out that the sandwich has 20 grams of saturated fat, 850 calories for "only $4.50, plus whatever your deductible is." His "solution" was a 25-foot burger to fill every inch of your intestines.
The segment also profiled a robot that eats; Colbert's transitional joke included the disturbing image of "shotgun a can of Hot Ranch Pringles." As disgusting as that sounds, Colbert left out that the chips are "Extreme Smokin' Hot Ranch Chips."
"Food should not be eaten by some pile of junk made in a lab. Food should be a pile of junk made in a lab."
The funniest image was the culmination of an increased focus on the regulation of what sugary cereals can be marketed to children. There is a push to enact strict nutritional definitions, particularly banning cereals from advertising on Saturday morning cartoons that have more than 8 grams of sugar per serving.
Of course, serving sizes can "shrink" to get under that concern as Colbert dramatically illustrates a serving size of Lucky Charms: one piece complete with milk in a bowl.
It's truly sad when a comedy show can share the truth about our obsession with horribly manufactured and processed food.