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The Worst Items On Fast Food Menus

Updated on July 13, 2012
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The Worst Item on Four Fast Food Menus

There is no denying that certain items on the menu at fast food restaurants should be avoided. Too many calories, too much fat, sodium, or even sugar can contribute to an increasing waistline and other possible health issues. While living entirely off fast food is never a good idea just ask Morgan Spurlock, even in moderation fast food can do extreme damage to your health. Here are four of the most popular fast food restaurants and the worst item for your health on their menu.

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McDonald's Big Breakfast

While it has been found that eating a large breakfast is beneficial for your overall health, McDonalds’ Big Breakfast is not what should be in mind. With 1,370 calories, 65 grams of fat contributing to that total, 22 grams of which are saturated fats, a whopping 2,335 mg of sodium, and 49 g sugars, you really shouldn’t consider eating too much else the rest of the day. That is roughly two thirds the calories a grown person should take in a day, along with a day’s worth of saturated fats and sodium. To make matters worse, in place of butter McDonalds often uses margarine in their food. This wouldn’t be so bad if margarine didn’t contain Trans fats, the stuff our body can’t process and has been found to cause health problems like diabetes and increased risk for heart attack and stroke.



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Burger King's Tripple Whopper With Cheese Meal

Burger King is also guilty of carrying extremely unhealthy menu items. Their worst offender is the Triple Whopper with cheese meal. The burger alone packs 1200 calories. Tossed in with fries and a Coke drives the total to 2100 calories. Of the 1200 calories that this beast packs, you might be surprised to find out that 720 come from the 80 grams of fat. Ever had one? It’s loaded with mayo which is a big reason this makes the list. Still, have one of these meals just once a week for lunch, and after a year, you’ll need a new wardrobe to fit the extra 30 pounds that have been packed on.

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Taco Bell's Fiesta Taco Salad

The Fiesta Taco Salad at Taco Bell has been a constant on lists like this one for years now. The reason being is that while other fast food chains have moved away from trans fats because they are very bad for your health, the fried shell this salad is served in is still cooked up in unhealthy liquid grease. The end result is 3 grams of artery clogging Trans fats in every one. And this is before the day’s 2540 mg worth of sodium, 1700 calories, and 60 grams of fat hit the gut. While salads are generally thought of as health food, this fast food option is a different animal altogether.

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Wendy's Dave's Hot and Juicy meal

Finally the Wendy’s Dave’s Hot and Juicy ¾ Pound Triple with Bacon meal. Now, three patties, three slices of cheese, and nine strips of bacon sounds like Heaven on a bun. But that indulgence comes with a steep price to health and waistline. With 4 grams of Trans fats, this is the worst offender on this list. Remember, Trans fats has been shown to be worse for health than saturated fats. In addition to the trans fat the meal also contains 33 grams of Saturated fats. The 2370 mg of sodium is an entire day’s worth, and 1540 calories is just too much for one burger to have.

Final Notes

While all fast food should be avoided if possible, you should steer clear of the items on this list at all costs. Between the huge amounts of fats, calories, and sodium these fast food items will cause a sharp decline in your overall health and an increase in your waistline. Always remember to avoid Trans fats in not only fast food but everything. They have been proven to be harmful to your health and no amount is safe.

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    • kopp020 profile imageAUTHOR

      kopp020 

      6 years ago from United States, Ohio

      I don't think there is anything wrong with your choice to enjoy them in moderation. Generalized rules like don't eat this food ever won't help or apply everybody. In any case, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

    • Dale Hyde profile image

      Dale Hyde 

      6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      I admit that I indulge in all that is listed here, and enjoy doing so. I will continue to enjoy doing so, even after reading this hub.

      Now, that being said, all that you write about is most true. No argument there. It is all factual.

      What I have come to learn over the decades is that if one uses moderation, the harm these types of foods may cause will become rather nil. Say I enjoy McDonald's once a month. Do I worry about that one meal? No way. My body and system will handle that splurge with no problem. It is only when fast foods become a way of life and nutrition on a regular basis do these flags raise red in color and very high.

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

    • kopp020 profile imageAUTHOR

      kopp020 

      6 years ago from United States, Ohio

      Yeah Its probably a common misconception. No problem.

    • Daddy Paul profile image

      Daddy Paul 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I bet a lot of people think the salad at Taco Bell is healthy. Thanks!

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