Special Report

The Unhealthiest Item in Every Fast-Food Chain in the US

Source: Courtesy of Starbucks

Starbucks: Chocolate Chip Cookie
> Serving size: 120 g
> Calories: 570
> Total amount of sugar: 46 g
> Total amount of fat: 29 g
> Total amount sodium: 360 mg

The chocolate chip cookie may please your taste buds, but the rest of your body will pay a price. More than a third of the delicious dessert is sugar and a quarter is fat. There is also 1 grams of trans fats. “You absolutely want to avoid trans fats because they can increase your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, lower your ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, and increase your chance of heart disease,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area.

Source: Courtesy of McDonald's

McDonald’s: Big Breakfast with Hotcakes
> Serving size: 1 breakfast
> Calories: 1,350
> Total amount of sugar: 48 g
> Total amount of fat: 65 g
> Total amount sodium: 2,100 mg

About half of the calories in this breakfast platter come from fat. There are 25 grams of saturated fat, which is 126% of the recommended daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. The platter also contains 510 mg of cholesterol, which is 169% of the recommended daily value.

The Grand Big Mac is not much better. “The sandwich has 860 calories, 52 grams of fat, 18 grams of saturated fat, and 2 grams of trans fats,” according to Gorin. “This is way too many calories for a meal, and that’s assuming you’re not pairing it with fries, a soft drink, or anything else.”

Source: Courtesy of Wendy's

Wendy’s: Dave’s Triple
> Serving size: 1 burger
> Calories: 1,090
> Total amount of sugar: 9 g
> Total amount of fat: 72 g
> Total amount sodium: 1,650 mg

This burger weighs three pounds before it is cooked. It contains eggs, soy, wheat, and milk. More than half of the calories, 648, come from fat, and it contains 4 grams of trans fats. The 72 grams of total fat you get from eating this burger are the entire recommended daily intake.

Source: Courtesy of Taco Bell

Taco Bell: XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito – Beef
> Serving size: 1 burrito
> Calories: 870
> Total amount of sugar: 6 g
> Total amount of fat: 40 g
> Total amount sodium: 2,140 mg

This burrito contains so much sodium — 89% of the recommended daily value — that you probably shouldn’t eat much else with salt in it all day. About 370 of the calories comes from fat.

The Fiesta Taco Salad Beef is not a healthy choice either, even though it has “salad” in its name. “This salad is one of the few [Taco Bell] items that contains trans fats,” Gorin said. The salad has 760 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat, and 1 grams of trans fats. It also contains 1,330 mg of sodium, which is a lot. She recommends you order it without the fried taco shell.

Source: Courtesy of Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box: Chick-N-Tater Melt Munchie Meal
> Serving size: 1 meal
> Calories: 2,010
> Total amount of sugar: 76 g
> Total amount of fat: 109 g
> Total amount sodium: 3,470 mg

This meal is enough to provide your total recommended daily intake of calories, but it also provides a lot more salt, fat, and sugar than you should have a day — more than double the ideal limit of daily salt consumption (1,500 mg) and double the recommended sugar intake for men (38 g).