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 Tempo analyzed the calorie, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar contents of 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, several of the 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.
In the age of COVID-19, comfort foods are rising in favor, and fast foods are also becoming many consumers’ foods of choice. Here are 45 fast food single items with more than 1,000 calories.