Fast food has a place in the hearts of human everywhere, but should it have a place in their bellies? It’s not always easy to know exactly how unhealthy a menu item is, and with the constant barrage of advertising and inviting smells wafting through car windows, avoiding fast food isn’t just impossible – it’s unreasonable.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t fast food fare that should be avoided at all costs.
David Zinczenko, author of the bestselling “Eat This, Not That!” book series created a list of the “Worst Fast-Food Meals in America,” which calls out the worst caloric offenders at major fast-food chains across the U.S.
To determine the worst-of-the-worst list, Zinczenko evaluated calorie counts but also considered other nutritional values such as fat, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar.
Topping the 2010 list is the Quizno’s Tuna Melt with Cheetos meal, which contains a whopping 1,900 calories. According to Zinczenko, that is the equivalent of nearly eight McDonald’s hamburgers.
Domino’s Chicken Carbonara Breadbowl Pasta (1,480 calories)
McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Large Biscuit, Hotcakes, margarine and syrup (1,370 calories, 46 g sugar)
KFC Half Spicy Crispy Chicken Meal with Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Wedges and Biscuit (1,660 calories, 5,050 mg sodium)
Burger King Large Triple Whopper with Cheese Value Meal with Fries(1,790 calories)
Quizno’s Tuna Melt (Large) with Cheetos (1,900 calories, 145 g fat)
Wendy’s Triple Baconator Combo Meal with small fries and small coke(1,850 calories)
Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket (6-piece w/Country Gravy) (1,640 calories)
Hardee’s Loaded Biscuit and Gravy with Large Hash Rounds (1,530 calories)
Long John Silver’s Fish Combo Basket (750 calories, 12 g saturated fat)
Carl’s Jr. Double Guacamole Bacon Burger with Large Fries (1,590 calories)
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