As much as we might rave about the importance of taste, the fact of the matter is that we’re also very visual creatures—the better a meal or a food product looks, the more likely we are to try it. On the flip side, if something looks unappetizing like it was cooked in an iron pot in the ninth circle of hell by a gastronomic demon, we’re likely to say, “Are you friggin’ kiddin’ me? Do I look like a troll with no standards?”

Oh, and believe me, there’s plenty of horrendous-looking food out there. You’ll find it in restaurants, hospitals, and even supermarkets. You know, places that really ought to know better! And the best part is that there’s a whole Instagram account that’s dedicated exclusively to the bad, the ugly, and the most disgusting food items.

We’ve collected some of the best of the worst food photos for you to enjoy from the IG blog, so go on and upvote the ones that you’d never ever want to see on your table or in your fridge.

I had a friendly chat with the food blog's founder and they said that the inspiration for their Instagram account was a mix of different internet pages. "Before I created this account, I was following many food pages on Instagram as well as subreddits on Reddit. Occasionally, there were posts that really looked disgusting and I thought to myself, 'Why not make a whole page about disgusting-looking food,'" they shared with Bored Panda.

#1

Rolled Ice Cream With Chocolate Fudge Topping

Rolled Ice Cream With Chocolate Fudge Topping

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Optimus Primal
Community Member
12 months ago

I hope thats fudge...

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#2

Imagine Being Killed, Ground Up And Then Being Shaped Into Your Original Body. Beautiful

Imagine Being Killed, Ground Up And Then Being Shaped Into Your Original Body. Beautiful

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Nice cuppa tea
Community Member
12 months ago

Demonic tomato eyes

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#3

Coffee From The Coffee Machine At My Uni

Coffee From The Coffee Machine At My Uni

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Jihan Kim
Community Member
12 months ago

coffee with protein flakes

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The founder told Bored Panda that the community that's grown around their IG page keeps them passionate about continuing the project. "Many followers are sending me submissions about bad food, so that’s what makes me keep going," they said.

What's more, I was curious to get their take on the importance of how food looks and where the line between good and bad dishes lies. "It’s a mix of how it looks, tastes, and costs," the founder explained that we tend to focus on several things. But if you're taking photos of meals for social media, then it's the first of the three that you need to give extra attention to for obvious reasons.

"For Instagram, how it looks is the most important one obviously. A dish could be the most delicious dish you’ve ever eaten, but if it looks bad it ruins everything, in my opinion. I think most people think this way too."

#4

$15 "Grilled" Veggie Sub

$15 "Grilled" Veggie Sub

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Jihan Kim
Community Member
12 months ago

what was grilled?

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#5

Ordered Cheese Fries

Ordered Cheese Fries

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
12 months ago

First, I thought this is a yellow bat..

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#6

This Pizza At My University

This Pizza At My University

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
12 months ago

this deserves pizza jail

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The Instagram page that celebrates the ugly beauty of bad food has over 15.7k followers and we see that number increasing in the future. After all, in a perfectly curated Instagram feed that’s full of beauty and aesthetics, ugliness stands out even better.

One of the draws of the account is that it’s very candid and open with its content. It doesn’t try to sugarcoat anything. You can even see that in the account’s name—the humor is so blunt, we can’t even write the full name because the social media censors would bleep everything. Alas!

Keep in mind that first impressions mean everything in the world of food. The look, the smell, the first bite—it all comes together to either make or (in this case) break the meal. And though trends might change (just have a look at some of these vintage foods), there’s a general gut feeling that we have about whether or not something is a timeless classic or complete slop.

#7

I Ordered A Banana And Water And They Put The Banana In The Water!

I Ordered A Banana And Water And They Put The Banana In The Water!

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
12 months ago

Apparently that's a thing now.

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#8

"Exotic Salad"

"Exotic Salad"

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Robert T
Community Member
12 months ago

It's not "meat" either (sticker top-left).

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#9

(Very) Poisonous Fugu Fish, Now Free With Your Dried Anchovies!

(Very) Poisonous Fugu Fish, Now Free With Your Dried Anchovies!

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RB K
Community Member
12 months ago

Poison....poison.... tasty fish!

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During an earlier interview with Professor Nathalie Cooke from McGill University, I learned that even if meals might look very peculiar decade to decade (and completely weird from where we’re currently standing in 2021), we should still be familiar with most of the flavor profiles.

“The taste combinations—savory and sweet (tuna waffles, ham and bananas) or sweet and sour (mayo with lime) are surely very familiar,” Professor Cooke told Bored Panda.

According to Professor Cooke, some meal trends were driven by “corporate marketing departments” and this led to some truly weird combinations like main course dishes having marshmallows in them.

#10

Chocolate Gnocchi From Trader Joe’s. Thought The Whipped Cream Would Help But Now It Just Looks Like A Poop Sundae

Chocolate Gnocchi From Trader Joe’s. Thought The Whipped Cream Would Help But Now It Just Looks Like A Poop Sundae

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Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
12 months ago

Seriously, if you went to the dog park, picked up a couple of turds and put cream on them... IT WOULD LOOK EXACTLY LIKE THIS!!!

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#11

Aight Imma Head Out

Aight Imma Head Out

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Otter
Community Member
12 months ago

PLEASE tell me the picture was taken in 2019...

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#12

I Love When Fast Food Chicken Has A Nice, Seared Crust And A Juicy, Rare Center

I Love When Fast Food Chicken Has A Nice, Seared Crust And A Juicy, Rare Center

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
12 months ago

You got free salmonella with your meal, congrats.

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As for the future, the professor had some ideas about what it might hold for the world of gastronomy: “Perhaps that we try to ‘eat’ food without any taste at all—in the form of vitamin pills? Or drink it—in the form of smoothies? That we replicate the animal kingdom and encourage children to consume it—as gummy bears, cracker fishes, dinosaur eggs in oatmeal? That we continue to be mystified by the miracle of bread and milk?”

One thing’s for sure, though—as long as we have amazing-looking meals, we’ll have unappetizing ones, too, lurking in the shadows.

#13

Chinese Place Surprised Me With This Nice Dessert

Chinese Place Surprised Me With This Nice Dessert

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BookCrazyTeen
Community Member
12 months ago

911 there’s been a murder

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#14

Okay

Okay

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Giaan Beeltje
Community Member
12 months ago

Okay seriously what the hell is that, coochie rolls?

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#15

Subway Pizza In Brazil

Subway Pizza In Brazil

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Ember
Community Member
12 months ago

It looks like someone threw up on a pizza base

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#16

This Baked Potato I Got At Work

This Baked Potato I Got At Work

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80 Van
Community Member
12 months ago

It’s wearing a cheddar fez.

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#17

I Want To Thank Taco Bell For Saving The Best Part Of The Tomatoes For My Taco Specifically

I Want To Thank Taco Bell For Saving The Best Part Of The Tomatoes For My Taco Specifically

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Karen Grace
Community Member
12 months ago

My son worked for TB for several years, part as an assistant manager. Whoever did prep that day would have been asked to go home and not return.

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#18

Found This At My Local Pharmacy

Found This At My Local Pharmacy

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BookCrazyTeen
Community Member
12 months ago

Taste the rainbow?

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#19

A Chicken Sandwich

A Chicken Sandwich

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
12 months ago

Looks like a Salmonella Burger.

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#20

Kiwi Pizza From A Danish Pizzeria, An Unholy Abomination

Kiwi Pizza From A Danish Pizzeria, An Unholy Abomination

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Carmen Sandiego
Community Member
12 months ago

Ok, I'm fine with pineapple pizza but THIS?!

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#21

Why

Why

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
12 months ago

Gladys, you're bringing the antipasto tray for tonight's black Sabbath, OK?

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#22

Chocolate Orange + Lettuce Baguette (No Butter)

Chocolate Orange + Lettuce Baguette (No Butter)

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Kat
Community Member
12 months ago

That is just so weird. Why did someone come to that idea?

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#23

Can Of Beef Stock - Can't Wait To Mistake This For Beer

Can Of Beef Stock - Can't Wait To Mistake This For Beer

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
12 months ago

Odd package choice.

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#24

This Was $20

This Was $20

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
12 months ago

Did they pay $20 or did they get $20 to eat this?

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#25

Why? Just Why?

Why? Just Why?

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N G
Community Member
12 months ago

What's your job? I violate pickles with hot dogs

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#26

Y'all Like Plain Sushi?

Y'all Like Plain Sushi?

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elStiJneriNO
Community Member
12 months ago (edited)

i always eat at least one of my nigiri's, fish and rice separate. At my local sushi place their rice is delicious. I never get that vinegar taste quite right myself.

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#27

Banana Water

Banana Water

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
12 months ago

Why

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#28

I Actually Paid For This “Avocado Toast” At A Cafe By My Apartment

I Actually Paid For This “Avocado Toast” At A Cafe By My Apartment

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
12 months ago

this looks very sad

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#29

Apparently These Are Pistachio Pancakes

Apparently These Are Pistachio Pancakes

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Kira Okah
Community Member
12 months ago

Hello, Ghostbusters?

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#30

Chicken Sandwich A Friend Of Mine Ordered

Chicken Sandwich A Friend Of Mine Ordered

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80 Van
Community Member
12 months ago

At least it’s cooked…?

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#31

2 Michelin Star Restaurant Had This On Their Page.⁠how Does This Look?⁠

2 Michelin Star Restaurant Had This On Their Page.⁠how Does This Look?⁠

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
12 months ago

Mummified d*ck and kitchen sponge with scourer?

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#32

Ordered Ceased Salad For $15 From One Of The Local Restaurants

Ordered Ceased Salad For $15 From One Of The Local Restaurants

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BookCrazyTeen
Community Member
12 months ago

This salad ceased to exist

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#33

She Got Her Favorite At Popeyes. Deep Fried Wrapper!

She Got Her Favorite At Popeyes. Deep Fried Wrapper!

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
12 months ago

Looks a bit dry tbh.

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#34

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

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Karen Grace
Community Member
12 months ago

How do you get it out?

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#35

Another One From The Hospital

Another One From The Hospital

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Danieletc
Community Member
12 months ago

Eggs lay eggs. Who knew?

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#36

I’m Sorry

I’m Sorry

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minmon
Community Member
12 months ago

This is the pineapple pizza people should be disgusted about-

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#37

Sushi Roll Wrapped In American Cheese

Sushi Roll Wrapped In American Cheese

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Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
Community Member
12 months ago

What's with the cheese and mayo in sushi anyway? Gross.

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#38

They Forgot To Take The Plastic Off The Cheese Slice

They Forgot To Take The Plastic Off The Cheese Slice

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
12 months ago

Happens way too often.

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#39

Why

Why

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A Cat Named Dragon
Community Member
12 months ago

That actually looks relatively good...

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#40

Restaurant Serves This $5.99 Macaroni And Cheese

Restaurant Serves This $5.99 Macaroni And Cheese

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A Cat Named Dragon
Community Member
12 months ago

For picky children

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#41

40oz Tomahawk Steak With Melted American Cheese

40oz Tomahawk Steak With Melted American Cheese

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Dave P
Community Member
12 months ago

Why would you ruin a good steak with cheap processed cheese...or any topping really

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#42

This Burger I Paid $10 For At A Football Game

This Burger I Paid $10 For At A Football Game

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
12 months ago

What ya gonna do? Get up, get in line again, miss half of the game? They know they get away with this crap.

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#43

Ordered Ramen. Got This... What Would You Do?

Ordered Ramen. Got This... What Would You Do?

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
12 months ago

Cry.

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#44

Ordered Carbonara From A '5 Star Uber Restaurant'. Guess How Much $?

Ordered Carbonara From A '5 Star Uber Restaurant'. Guess How Much $?

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Kira Okah
Community Member
12 months ago (edited)

This is a "carbonara"? Makes every Italian grandma roll in their graves.

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#45

Of Course That's Rice Crispy

Of Course That's Rice Crispy

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Jihan Kim
Community Member
12 months ago

i thought ground meat

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#46

"Deconstructed Caesar Salad"

"Deconstructed Caesar Salad"

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
12 months ago

For this reason you should carry around a piece of cotton and green ink so you can pay with deconstructed money.

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#47

Co-Worker Ordered This Monstrosity For Our Pizza Lunch

Co-Worker Ordered This Monstrosity For Our Pizza Lunch

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Lady Vader
Community Member
12 months ago

None pizza left beef

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#48

Mac And Cheese Stuffed Hot Cheeto Smothered In Queso⁠

Mac And Cheese Stuffed Hot Cheeto Smothered In Queso⁠

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80 Van
Community Member
12 months ago

To be fair, it looks exactly like described, and the presentation is actually pretty well-done. That’s on you for not determining from the description how horrendous a food that would be to eat.

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#49

Five Guys Grilled Cheese. It’s About 5 Slices Of American Cheese With Hamburger Bun Bread. $6

Five Guys Grilled Cheese. It’s About 5 Slices Of American Cheese With Hamburger Bun Bread. $6

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Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
12 months ago

Why order a grilled cheese at 5Guys?!

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#50

$0.99 Burrito, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Sriracha And Flaming Hot Cheetos

$0.99 Burrito, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Sriracha And Flaming Hot Cheetos

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
12 months ago

I would eat that with out hesitation

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