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20 Outrageously Unhealthy Fast Food Items to Avoid

Fast food may be a quick grab for lunch or dinner, but the effects could linger longer than a fast meal.

20 Outrageously Unhealthy Fast Food Items to Avoid

Watch out for these calorie bombs hiding within your favorite fast food menus. Included are items from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Subway and Sonic. We’re highlighting entrees, breakfast items, and a salads that all register as a true landmines of calories, fat, and sodium. Yes, you read that right - even many fast food salads are gut-bombs in disguise.

This is our list of 20 outrageously unhealthy fast food times you will definitely want to avoid from those easily recognizable fast food chain restaurants. Check out which fast food item won the award for the absolute unhealthiest item, too.

3 Outrageously Unhealthy Fast Food Breakfasts

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then these entrees are worthy of shameful abuse of breakfast.

McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Hotcakes
1090 calories
2150mg sodium
56g fat

Burger King’s BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter
1420 calories
3020mg sodium
79g fat

Taco Bell Grande Scrambler Burrito – Sausage
730 calories
1440mg sodium
42g fat

4 Outrageously Unhealthy Fast Food Salads

Don’t be fooled by the lettuce and greens. These fast food salads provide some of the most outrageously high amounts of sodium and total fat – for a salad.  For some of these restaurants, we couldn’t even tell if dressing was included in the tallied total calories or not. And c’mon – who eats a salad without the dressing?

McDonald’s Premium Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken (without dressing)
480 calories
910mg sodium
24g fat

Burger King Chicken Apple and Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad with Crispy Chicken 
680 calories
1010mg sodium
42g fat

Subway Big Philly cheesesteak Salad with Ranch Dressing
650 calories
1640mg sodium
51g total fat

Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad Full Size with croutons and lemon garlic Caesar dressing:
680 calories
1470 mg sodium
42g fat 

12 Outrageously Unhealthy Fast Food Entrees

These numbers don’t include the sides or a drink, making them enough of a caloric bomb all by themselves to make it on our list of Outrageously Unhealthy fast food entrees.  If you think ordering chicken is a healthier choice, you’ll think again after you’ve viewed this list. Even 6” sandwiches that are often touted as ‘healthy’ contain entirely too many calories be counted as part of a healthy meal – and heaven forbid we look at what the full 12” sub would tally! And most of these contain half, if not all, of your daily recommended sodium intake. Scary. You’ll definitely want to steer clear of these fast food menu items.

McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese 
740 calories
1300mg sodium
42g of fat

McDonald’s Premium Crispy Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich 
750 calories
1720mg sodium  
38g fat

Wendy’s ¾ lb Triple Hamburger with Cheese
1090 calories
1990mg sodium
66g fat

Subway’s 6”  Big Hot Pastrami – remember, this is just 6 inches!!
580 calories
1470 sodium
31 g fat

Taco Bell’s XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito – beef
870 calories
2200mg sodium
41g fat

Burger King Triple Whopper Sandwich – with mayo 
1160 calories 
75g fat

Wendy’s Baconator 
940 calories
1850mg sodium
57g fat

Taco Bell’s Smothered burrito – beef
700 calories
2260mg sodium
35g fat

Sonic SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger with Mayo
1240 calories
1690mg sodium
87g fat (with 3.5g harmful trans fat)

(Alarmingly, any of the SONIC double bacon cheeseburgers are going to put your over 1100 calories per burger, no matter which one you choose.)

Subway 6” Chicken & Bacon Ranch melt 
1050mg sodium
28g fat

Sonic Super Crunch Chicken Strip Dinner 5 pieces
1190 calories
2610mg sodium
57g total fat

Sonic FRITOS® CHILI PIE – Large 
990 calories
1440mg sodium
67g fat

All of these bring us to our number one most outrageously unhealthy fast food menu item winner. It’s not something you eat, rather it’s something you drink. With over 2,000 calories, this is a true A-bomb when it comes to the most outrageously unhealthy fast food items. With 225g of sugar, the winner is:

Sonic Pineapple Upside Down Master Blast – Large 
2020 calories
2090mg sodium
61g fat

That’s it for our list of Outrageously Unhealthy Fast Food Items to Avoid.