America’s unhealthiest fast-food items

Quick: which fast-food sandwich do you think has more fat and calories, a McDonald’s Big Mac or Wendy’s Asiago Ranch Chicken Club? If you guessed the Big Mac, you’d be wrong by nearly 10 grams of fat and almost 200 calories.

The Big Mac is still the standard-bearer of fattening fast-food sandwiches, but in reality, these days it doesn’t hold a candle to some of the other offerings out there. As the American palate demands larger and larger portions of food, packed with as many toppings as possible, fast-food chains have been more than happy to rise to the occasion. In the 1960s the concept of a burger with 93 grams of fat and 1,300 calories was unheard of (original McDonald’s hamburgers only contain 9 grams of fat and 250 calories), but that’s exactly what’s on offer at Hardee’s, by way of their Monster Thickburger. And if you had told someone 30 years ago that a salad could contain more than 40 grams of fat they’d have laughed at you, but that was long before Taco Bell introduced their Fiesta Taco Salad with beef.

And while burgers tend to get most of the attention when it comes to calorie overload, there are plenty of super-unhealthy items rounding out menus at the fast-food chain near you, especially breakfast items. McDonald’s breakfast items, for example, generally pack in as much fat and calories as Big Macs, and while Hardee’s Breakfast Bowl might be advertised as "low carb," it still manages a whopping 61 grams of fat.

While it might not be super-easy to discern which fast-food items are better for you than others, there are a few common-sense giveaways. First of all, whenever something has more than one type of meat (especially if advertised as "Meat Lover’s" or the like), that’s a sure sign of calorie overload. Also, the more ingredients piled in, the more calories, so maybe next time you’re at Chipotle you should forego the sour cream and cheese. And one beef patty will generally suffice.

We took a look at the menus of the major chains, and have assembled a roundup of the least healthy fast-food items out there. Maybe next time you’ll think twice before ordering that Baconator!


One Extra Crispy Breast
Fat: 33 grams
Calories: 510
Sodium: 1,010 milligrams

Popcorn Chicken- Large
Fat: 37 grams
Calories: 560
Sodium: 1,480 milligrams

Chicken Pot Pie
Fat: 45 grams
Calories: 790
Sodium: 1,970 milligrams


Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese
Fat: 43 grams
Calories: 750
Sodium: 1,280 milligrams

Big Mac (left)
Fat: 29 grams
Calories: 550
Sodium: 970 milligrams

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese McGriddle
Fat: 31 grams
Calories: 550
Sodium: 1,320 milligrams

Big Breakfast with Hotcakes
Fat: 56 grams
Calories: 1,090
Sodium: 2,150 milligrams

Burger King

Double Whopper with Cheese (left)
Fat: 65 grams
Calories: 990
Sodium: 1,480 milligrams

Triple Whopper with Cheese
Fat: 82 grams
Calories: 1,230
Sodium: 1,550 milligrams

TENDERCRISP Chicken Sandwich
Fat: 45 grams
Calories: 750
Sodium: 1,560 milligrams


Fat: 63 grams
Calories: 970
Sodium: 2,020 milligrams

? lb. Triple
Fat: 67 grams
Calories: 1,060
Sodium: 2,020 milligrams

Asiago Ranch Club w/ Homestyle Chicken (left)
Fat: 38 grams
Calories: 730
Sodium: 1,780 milligrams


Low Carb Breakfast Bowl
Fat: 58 grams
Calories: 690
Sodium: 1,670 milligrams

1/3 lb Original Thickburger
Fat: 52 grams
Calories: 810
Sodium: 1,720 milligrams

And the most fattening fast food sandwich in America:

The Monster Thickburger
Fat: 93 grams
Calories: 1,300
Sodium: 2,860 milligrams

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