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The 10 Worst Fast Food Meals

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Fast food is an American institution. Love it or hate it, it’s a facet of life that we’re not shaking any time soon. I personally don’t eat fast food, except an occational meal at Subway.  The challenge is avoiding the kind of foods that wreak havoc on your waistline, your heart and your health.  Chain restaurants will try to convince you that a bacon-gravy-sausage sandwich is a slight indulgence, when in truth it’s a severely dangerous way to spend a lunch break.  You’d be wise to avoid them at all costs, even the alternatives which are still high in fat, calories and sodium. 

These menu items or science experiments as I like to call them, came from a book that I purchased a few years ago called “Eat This, Not That!” by David Zinczenko.  These books vary from cooking, to kids, to a supermarket survival guide.  Even if you don’t eat these particular foods, just take a look at whats in them.  Yikes!!!  Its enough to make anybody sick at there stomach and goes along way to explain the weight and health crisis facing our country.

Domino’s Chicken Carbonara Breadbowl Pasta

 1480 calories

56 g fat (24 g saturated)
2220 mg sodium

Basically, what we have here is a big wad of pizza dough hollowed out and stuffed with noodles, cream, and cheese. That’s why half of these calories come from refined carbohydrates and another third come from fat. This leaves little room for healthy nutrients such as protein and fiber.  Three slices of pizza with chicken, peppers, and parmesan cheese will give you the same basic flavor profile while saving you more than 900 calories. 

Eat This Instead!

Domino’s Medium Hand Tossed Pizza with Grilled Chicken,
Green Peppers, and Shredded Parmesan (in place of regular cheese blend) (3
slices)

544 calories

15 g fat (5.5 g saturated)
1190 mg sodium

McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Large Biscuit, Hotcakes, Margarine, and Syrup

 1370 calories
64.5 g fat (21.5 g saturated)

2335 mg sodium

49 g sugar

First off, this meal has more than two-thirds of the calories you should eat in a day. Secondly, it has more than a day’s worth of saturated fat and, with the pancake syrup, more sugar than two packages of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Really, there’s only one decent item on this plate, and that’s the eggs. Everything else—the pancakes, biscuit, sausage, and hash brown—is the sort of food that gives you a body more like Grimace than Ronald.

Eat This Instead!

Egg McMuffin with Hash Browns

450 calories

21 g fat (6.5 g saturated)

1130 mg sodium

KFC Half Spicy Crispy Chicken Meal with Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Wedges, and Biscuit

1660 calories
104 g fat (27.5 g saturated)
5050 mg sodium

Half a deep-fried chicken is bad news, especially considering the half KFC gives you: the bottom half. That means 2 drumsticks and 2 thighs–all dark meat. Not only are these the cheapest cuts, but they’re also the fattiest. All told
this meal has close to 85 percent of your day’s calories and more fat and sodium than you should eat in an entire day.

Eat This Instead!

2 Honey BBQ Snackers with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

540 calories
10 g fat (3 g saturated)
1470 mg sodium

Burger King Large Triple Whopper with Cheese Value Meal with Fries

 1790 calories
111 g fat (38 g saturated, 3.5 g trans)
2430 mg sodium

Never eat foods that are named for their oversized dimensions. Take the Triple Whopper with Cheese: You know it’s big, but you still probably don’t realize that it’s packing 1200 calories and 80 grams of fat. A side of fries
adds almost 600 more calories, and if you opt for a Coke, you’re at nearly 2200 calories! Eat one of these meals a week for one year and you’ll put on more than 30 pounds.

Eat This Instead!

Whopper Jr. no mayo and a 6-piece Chicken Fries

510 calories
26 g fat (6.5 g saturated)

1280 mg sodium

Quiznos Tuna Melt (Large) with Cheetos

 1900 calories
145 g fat (29 g saturated, 2 g trans)
2230 mg sodium

This tuna got taken from one sea and stuck into another: A sea of mayonnaise.  Eating this sandwich is the caloric equivalent to eating one whole  bag of Chewy Chips Ahoy! Cookies, which makes it one of the absolute worst sandwiches in the country. Even if you order it without chips, you’re looking at 1740 calories and 27 grams of saturated fat. No thanks.

Eat This Instead!

2 Roadhouse Steak Sammies and Baked Lays

620 calories

14 g fat (8 g saturated)
2140 mg sodium

Wendy’s Triple Baconator Combo Meal with Small Fries and Small Coke

 1,850 calories
106 g fat (43 g saturated, 4 g trans)
2,780 mg sodium

Three slices of cheese, 3 hamburger patties, and 3 strips of bacon? It doesn’t take a nutritionist to see the problem here. It’s a shame too, because the Baconator is a serious blemish on Wendy’s otherwise decent menu. Not only is
it loaded with sodium and saturated fat, but it’s also one of the tran-fattiest burgers on any big-chain fast food menu in the country.

Eat This Instead!

Wendy’s Jr. Hamburger, Small Chili, and Medium Iced Tea

450 calories
15 g fat (6 g saturated, 1 g trans)
1,350 mg sodium

Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket (6-piece w/Country Gravy)

 1,640 calories
74 g fat (12 g saturated, 1 g trans)
3,690 mg sodium

This basket embodies everything wrong with America’s eating habits. Dairy Queen has taken an already unhealthy meal of deep-fried chicken strips and french fries and made it worse by adding Texas Toast and a side of gravy.
Nevermind that this meal takes up almost 80% of your daily calories or that it far surpasses your day’s sodium. Heck, you could eat two large Butterfinger Blizzards and still not consume the fat load of this meal.

Eat This Instead!

Dairy Queen Classic Grillburger and Side Salad with Fat
Free Italian Dressing

490 calories
19 g fat (7 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
1,220 mg sodium

Hardee’s Loaded Biscuit and Gravy with Large Hash
Rounds

 1,530 calories
110 g fat (26 g saturated)
3,020 mg sodium

Breakfast at fast food restaurants can be dangerous. Fried sides, gravy, fatty meats, and empty carbohydrates can account for half your day’s calories in just one meal—especially when that meal contains all of the above. The 32 grams
of protein in these biscuits don’t make up for the fact that nearly 1,000 of these calories come from fat. Switch to the Sunrise Croissant and you’ll cut
your caloric intake by two-thirds and still earn 21 grams of protein. The choice should be easy.

Eat This Instead!

Hardee’s Ham Sunrise Croissant and Grits

510 calories
28 g fat (11 g saturated)
1,550 mg sodium

Long John Silver’s Fish Combo Basket

 750 calories
42 g fat (10.5 g saturated, 12 g trans)
1,930 mg sodium

Notice the staggering amount ot trans fat in this meal? That’s a testament to Long John Silver’s unflagging commitment to keeping partially hydrogenated oils in its fryer. While other fast-food chains are working to phase out the
dangerous fats, Long John Silvers is quietly stuffing America’s bellies with cheap, artery-clogging grease. If you can’t pass on the fried foods, you better find a better seafood shack.

Eat This Instead!

Long John Silver’s Grilled Pacific Salmon (2 filets) and
Corn Cobbette no butter oil

240 calories
8 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
440 mg sodium

Carl’s Jr. Double Guacamole Bacon Burger with Large Fries

1,590 calories
98 g fat (32 g saturated fat)
3,060 mg sodium

Guacamole is a healthy condiment, but it’s still high in calories. That means you probably shouldn’t be eating it in a “double” portion, and you certainly shouldn’t eat it off a latticework of bacon. Only one burger at Carl’s Jr. falls below the 500 calorie mark, and at 460 calories, even that one doesn’t leave much room for a side. Go with the chicken sandwich instead of this monstrosity and you’ll swap out 10 grams of fat for 10 grams of protein. Not a bad exchange by any measure.

Eat This Instead!

Carls Jr. Charbroiled BBQ Sandwich and a Garden Side Salad
with Raspberry Vinaigrette

590 calories
21 g fat (4 g saturated fat)
1,235 mg sodium

 

 

 

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