After watching a dozen or so commercials for the Perfect Bacon Bowl this past weekend, I began to yearn for bacon – and that craving inspired me to compile my annual list of the 10 Worst Fast Food menu items of 2013.
So while I head to the phone and order my very own Perfect Bacon Bowl, tuck in your bib and get ready to join me for a greasy walk down memory lane.
NOTE: Picking the worst fast food items is like shooting battered and deep-fried fish in a barrel. We’re basing these picks on the higher-calorie items on the online menus of the nation’s 10 most-popular fast food eateries.
McDonald’s: Big Breakfast with Hotcakes (Large Size Biscuit)
When you think of the golden arches, you can’t help think of burgers. But McDonald’s has a full breakfast menu, too. And that’s where we found our first fast food menu item deserving of mention on this list – the Big Breakfast with Hotcakes (and the large biscuit).
The fat, cholesterol and sodium are as much or more than you should eat in a single DAY not meal.
Nasty nutritional numbers: 1,150 calories, 60g fat (20g saturated), 575mg cholesterol, 2,260mg sodium, 116g carbs.
Burger King: Double Whopper Sandwich with Cheese
To be fair, the BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter (1,400 calories) deserves top honors at Burger King. But we’re moving to the sandwich selections to mix it up a bit.
This meaty monstrosity may not be so bad if they held back on the “special sauce” which is little more than a big blob of mayo!
Nasty nutritional numbers: 1,070 calories, 70g fat (28g saturated), 155mg cholesterol, 1,780mg sodium, 52 carbs.
Subway: 12” Big Hot Pastrami
Subway likes to play up its “6 grams of fat or less” line of 6” sandwiches. And, for the past 15 years, the chain has frequently trotted out weight loss poster boy Jared Fogle, a guy who claims to have dropped more than 200 pounds by eating at Subway.
But not all subs are created healthy. Once you start adding on cheese, fatty deli meats and high-cal dressings, your sub could submarine your weight.
Take our featured Big Hot Pastrami, for example.
Nasty nutritional numbers: 1,160 calories, 62g fat (22g saturated), 170mg cholesterol, 2,940mg sodium, 94g carbs.
Starbucks: Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème (20oz. Venti)
Black coffee can be a great drink for dieters. It has few, if any, calories and it can provide a burst of energy.
But things get dicey when you got to a coffee shop like Starbucks and start ordering non-coffee or fancy-named drinks that look and taste more like desserts.
Case in point is the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème.
Nasty nutritional numbers: 520 calories, 23g fat (15g saturated), 60g cholesterol, 76g carbs.
Pizza Hut: 3 Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza (Meat Lover’s, 2 slices)
No matter how you slice it, pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. We eat roughly 350 slices of pizza EACH SECOND!
Pizza Hut has been delivering the goods for the past 55 years. Over that stretch, their recipes have morphed from the traditional crust, sauce and cheese concoction to a number of ooey, gooey topping-heavy deep dish and crust-stuffed pies.
One of the latest “culinary breakthroughs” is the 3 Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza line that includes Meat Lover’s.
Nasty nutritional numbers: 840 calories, 46g fat (22g saturated), 130mg cholesterol, 2,320mg sodium, 68g carbs.
Wendy’s: Dave's Hot 'N Juicy 3/4 lb. Triple
I must confess I live a stone’s throw from a Wendy’s and I once ordered this much-more-than-a-mouthful monstrosity. It may have been singularly good for my taste buds, but as the numbers below show it proved triply bad for my belly.
With a diet on the near horizon, I can promise I won’t make this mistake again – at least not anytime soon!
Nasty nutritional numbers: 1,090 calories, 66g fat (29g saturated), 255mg cholesterol, 1,990mg sodium, 43g carbs.
Taco Bell: Cantina Double Steak Quesadilla
Taco Bell is extremely adept at using the same basic ingredients to churn out “new” menu items on a regular basis. My son and I will make the occasional run for the border, however my wife and daughter wouldn’t be caught dead there.
To each his own, I guess.
And while Taco Bell does offer lighter fare as part of its “Fresco” line, most of the products are fairly high in fat and sodium – and that includes the Cantina Double Steak Quesadilla.
Nasty nutritional numbers: 950 calories, 44g fat (18g saturated), 115mg cholesterol, 2,060mg sodium, 95g carbs.
Dairy Queen: Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard Treat (large)
I scream. You scream. We’ll all scream after seeing the nutritional numbers for this ice cream!
Dairy Queen has milked the concept of mixing soft serve ice cream with all sorts of goodies. A large Blizzard will bury you under an avalanche of calories, fat and cholesterol.
The numbers for the Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard Treat chilled us to the bone.
Nasty nutritional numbers: 1,130 calories, 51g fat (29g saturated), 180mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 143g carbs.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Frozen Mocha Bliss (large)
America may run on Dunkin’, but a better advertising slogan just might be “Americans should run from Dunkin’” – especially those Americans who opt for a Frozen Mocha Bliss drink.
Who would have thought that one drink could pack more badness than a regular coffee and two donuts. But that’s what a quick look at the nutritional numbers show.
Nasty nutritional numbers: 1,050 calories, 52g fat (32g saturated), 45mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 184g carbs.
Domino’s Pizza: ExtravaganZZa Feast (2 slices, large)
Domino’s has spent much of the past few years trying to improve its image as well as the food it offers. It was a risky, but profitable campaign.
However, the pizza dough isn’t the only thing rising at Domino’s.
If you’re feeling extravagant and you don’t mind feasting on a whole lot of extra calories and fat, then by all means order a large hand-tossed ExtravaganZZa Feast pizza and its “loads of pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, beef, fresh onions, fresh green peppers, fresh mushrooms and black olives topped with extra cheese…”
Nasty nutritional numbers: 1,020 calories, 49g fat (22g saturated), 120mg cholesterol, 2,740mg sodium, 96g carbs.
Hopefully Mr. Bad Food opened your eyes and curbed your cravings for fast food.
If you’re ready to indulge in food that’s both good-tasting and good for you, then give eDiets a spin. And tell ‘em, Mr. Bad Food sent you.
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