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Unhealthiest Fast Food Items

Updated on July 8, 2013

We have all done it; we have all picked up some “fast food” on our way home to tired to cook for the masses that await us there. Most of us do not put a lot of thought into how many calories may be in that bucket or behind that wrapper, we just want it now and we do not want to have to cook it. For many the fast food chains are considered a comfort food as unfortunately since women are most prevalent in the work force then they once were more and more children grow up thinking that McDonald’s or KFC is a “home-cooked” meal.

The big name fast food chains like McDonalds, Burger King and KFC have all been around since the 50’s with chains like Wendy’s and Taco Bell coming along in the 60’s, it is no wonder so many of us think of these places as our comfort foods. This is not to say that these places do not have much healthier menu offerings as most of them do, especially when it comes to kids meals, as our kids are the ones suffering as the obesity rate among children has tripled since the 80’s. Remember the recommended daily intake for most people is going to be 2,000 calories.

These are not in any particular order, except mine, I like alphabetical:

Burger King’s Triple Whopper with Cheese packs an incredible 1,180 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat and that is just the burger with all the condiments, let’s get the value meal and the calorie total when you add a small fry and a small coke jumps to 1,670 calories. Even some of the healthier options can add to calorie intake as the Tender Grill chicken sandwich meal still pulls in 1,000 calories when all condiments are added and that small drink and fry. Looking for something lighter that will not wreck your calories for the day you can go for one of the many salads offered as most are on or near 500 calories, no fries though, sorry!

We all know who Colonel Sanders is and we love him and his down home cooking and his big ol’bucket of chicken. The problem would be that just a single chicken breast extra crispy is 510 calories with 33 grams of fat, now I don’t know about you but I have never just eaten one piece of chicken with nary a side dish, so for mashed potato and gravy lovers, look away, the small individual container is 120 calories, add a biscuit, because seriously, who doesn’t and that is another 180 calories. So let’s get this straight, one extra crispy chicken breast, with a side of mashed with gravy and a biscuit is going to be 810 calories and 45 grams of fat total. You want under 500 calories go for the salads sans dressing, or on the side.

McDonalds has been a staple in far too many of our lives, but what are we doing to ourselves when we indulge? I dread to say it, but that double quarter pounder with cheese is going to bowl you over at 750 calories with 42 grams of fat, add the fries and the drink both small and you add another 380 calories and 11 more grams of fat. A much healthier alternative is going to be the salads as you can get one for under 500 calories and for most that is with dressing.

Taco Bell, oh how I love you! Just to do the easy stuff, a crunchy taco is 170 calories and 3.5 grams of fat; a soft beef taco is 200 calories and 4 grams of fat. Next onto our friend the burrito, the 7-layer burrito contains 510 calories and 7 grams of fat while the XXL burrito with beef is 880 calories and 14 grams of fat. A chalupa supreme with beef bowls us over at 370 calories and 5 grams of fat; the cheesy gordita comes in at 490 and 10 grams of fat. The nachos bell grande breaks my heart at a whopping 760 calories with 6 grams of fat and the black beans and rice are at 200 calories. Makes you want to weep as I am sure I am not the only one who cannot just have one taco when I go to Taco Bell. Unfortunately even the taco salads are loaded with the biggest calorie intake being the fiesta taco salad with beef. But never-the-less Taco Bell is a must once in awhile, so choose wisely and stick with it.

Many of my friends worked at Wendy’s when we were in high school and I am so glad I did not know how many calories were in stuff back then. We start out with the show stopper, the Triple burger weighs in at an astounding 1,060 calories with 67 grams of total fat, add in your fries and drink and you are now at 1,540 calories and 83 grams of fat. But Wendy’s has some healthier choices such as a Caesar side salad with dressing for 170 calories, a baked potato with sour cream and chives for 320, a small chili for 210 calories and even a 5 piece chicken nugget for 220 calories. You can get all of the healthier things I listed and still only be at 920 calories!

Unfortunately we cannot change that we are a fast food nation, but maybe we can all start making better choices when we do indulge. Enjoy!

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      JesadaB 5 years ago from Home!

      your welcome dappledesigns, I know we do not eat out a lot here either, but it is almost scary how many calories some things have! Thanks for stopping by!

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      dappledesigns 5 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      wow, what an eye opener. We rarely eat fast food in our household, and when we do I feel so guilty. That just justified my guilt! Thanks for the info.