For some, breakfast is the favorite meal of the day. It’s no wonder; going without food for 12+ hours can leave a person feeling a bit famished. But waking up to an incessant grumbling stomach and zero time to prepare a meal before work, many of us are tempted to opt for fast food to satisfy that morning appetite.
Fast food restaurants earned their reputation for serving unhealthy fare years ago, but that doesn’t stop people from rolling up to the drive-thru and ordering that processed, grease-ridden burger with fries. And breakfast items are no better.
Various breakfast items well exceed the daily recommended value of fat, sodium, and sugar, and some foods can have as much as two-thirds of a day’s worth of calories, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
To identify the least healthy fast food breakfast items, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the calorie, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar contents of all breakfast items at 22 fast food restaurants with the highest sales in America.
The least healthy breakfast items at fast food restaurants come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. For example, seven of the top 50 unhealthiest breakfast items are platters, which can include sausage or bacon, tater tots, and pancakes — all foods that hike up the calorie, fat, sodium, and sugar contents. Other breakfast items that made the top of the list were burritos, egg sandwiches, muffins, and wraps, just to name a few.