The Fast Food Items To Avoid in the US

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1 Chipotle

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You may or may not be familiar with this information, but the fact remains that between 2015 and 2018, Chipotle Mexican Grill made more than 1,100 of its customers across the United States sick by food poisoning.

It would appear that the employees of this popular restaurant were having difficulty complying with the restaurant’s food safety protocols, transmitting the norovirus to many customers. That’s reason enough to stop visiting Chipotle restaurants!

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2 Pizza Hut

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Pizza Hut is a must for many when it comes to pizza, and indeed, it is far from being the worst pizza place there is. However, if you suffer from certain health problems, you may want to avoid their extremely salty pizza.

Also, the cheese used at Pizza Hut is far from being the best, being often rubbery and tasteless, which is a shame since it is one of the most important ingredients on a pizza!

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3 Triple Whopper with Cheese – Burger King

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Burger King has been a fast food favorite since it opened its doors in 1954. While you can find some yummy options on their menu, there is one item in particular that you should steer clear of if you’re trying to make healthy eating decisions. 

The Triple Whopper with Cheese is just as fattening as it sounds. This burger comes with three ¼ lb flame-grilled beef patties topped with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun. With 1216 calories and 82 grams of fat per serving, this cheeseburger is a triple bypass heart surgery waiting to happen. 

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4 Big Breakfast – McDonald’s

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McDonald’s is most known for their Big Mac and tasty french fries, but they also have an extensive breakfast menu. While they have a few healthy options, most of their breakfast items only offer empty calories. The Big Breakfast is their worst offender. 

Just as the name implies, you get a huge serving of food. The meal includes two hotcakes, a biscuit, a sausage patty, scrambled eggs, and an order of hash browns. This breakfast packs on 1340 calories and 64 grams of fat. While it may sound delicious, you’d be better off ordering McDonald’s Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait, which has 210 calories. 

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5 Subway

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The freshness of Subway salads and the quality of its meats have come in for a great deal of criticism in recent years.

Moreover, as people start to appreciate the importance of a healthy diet, Subway’s popularity has dipped and 1,000 outlets were closed in 2018. It seems that their claims of health and freshness might not be too well-founded after all.

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6 Domino’s

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Similar to McDonald’s, Domino’s international success has not prevented it from finding itself on a list of America’s worst fast-food restaurants.

Rating poorly across the board, including for value, food quality, service speed and cleanliness, the 12-inch version of the corporation’s unhealthiest pizza, the Pepperoni Handmade Pan Pizza, will ensure you pile on the pounds as it contains 130 gm of fat and 2,420 calories. If you do find yourself in a Domino’s, opt for the 140-calorie garden salad.

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7 Dairy Queen

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When the weather is nice and warm, there’s nothing better than a good ice cream to cool down! For many people, ice cream means Dairy Queen. Well, you might want to rethink your habits.

You know the ad that says your blizzard must stay in the cup when turned upside down or they’ll make you another? Of course, the blizzard never falls from the cup, but that just shows that Dairy Queen’s ice cream is way too greasy for your own good!

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8 Little Caesars

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Take-away-only pizza chain Little Caesars markets itself on having high-quality ingredients but customers disagree. In addition to low scores for freshness and quality, a slice of Little Caesars’ unhealthiest offering, the Stuffed Crust Deep!

Pepperoni Pie, contains an astonishing 20 g of fat, 45 mg of cholesterol, 840 mg of sodium, 10 gm of saturated fat and 420 calories.

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9 Arby’s

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It may be one of the most popular chains in America but two Arby’s sandwiches have ranked extremely low in a recent nutrition study and a third of all menu items were found to contain trans fats.

This includes the chain’s famous roast-beef sandwich. Sides are just as bad. You’ll find 2,530 mg of salt in a serve of mozzarella sticks. You’d better invest in a healthy future and skip Arby’s.

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10 Jack in the Box

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Reading the many bad comments on Google about Jack in the Box restaurants makes you wonder how they manage to stay open.

Customers say that the food is tasteless and often served cold, and that customer service is absolutely poor. According to Customer Reports, only 33% of customers who have visited a Jack in the Box say they will return.

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11 Coffee Cake Muffin – Dunkin’ Donuts

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Dunkin’ Donuts serves up some delicious coffee and donuts. You may think that a healthy choice would be to opt for one of their muffins, but the truth is, most of their muffins contain more fat and sugar than many of their donuts. 

The most unhealthy pastry item at Dunkin’ Donuts might surprise you. The Coffee Cake Muffin boasts 590 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 370 mg of sodium. Dunkin’ Donuts also has a few specialty coffee drinks you should avoid. The Caramel Swirl with Cream has a shocking 900 calories per serving!

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12 Chicken Bacon Ranch – Subway

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Subway may seem like a healthy fast food option, and while many of their menu items are smart options, they offer several sandwiches that aren’t the best for you. The Chicken Bacon Ranch is the highest calorie Subway sandwich. 

This sub offers chicken breast strips, bacon slices, ranch sauce, and Monterey cheese blend on Italian bread. That may sound tasty, but the 6-inch sub has a whopping 610 calories! Not to mention that it has 32 g fat and 1,340 mg sodium. Don’t let Subway fool you into thinking you’re making a wise decision with this sub.

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13 New England Clam Chowder – Panera Bread

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Customers flock to Panera Bread for a variety of sandwich and soup options. While you can find several fresh menu items, you still have to be choosy if you’re on a health kick. One of the worst choices you can make is the New England Clam Chowder served in a bread bowl. 

This one comes in at 1040 calories, 840 mg sodium, and 157 grams of carbs. You’d be smart to skip the bread bowl and opt for a serving of Panera’s Low-Fat Chicken Noodle Soup instead, which is only 160 calories and contains 5 grams of fat. 

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14 Church’s Chicken

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America is covered in chicken restaurants but Church’s Chicken is a relatively lesser-known chain.

As with the other chains on this list, meals at Church’s Chicken are high in calories and fat but this fast food restaurant has, even more strikes against it. The chicken is dry, the shrimp are soggy and the biscuits are hard. So when it comes to Church’s Chicken, keep your money in the bank.

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15 Checkers

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Checkers restaurants have been running since 1986. It could be a guarantee of quality, you might say, but it’s absolutely not the case.

Not to mention the poor service you’ll find there, you’ll certainly be disappointed with the quality of your food, whether it’s the soggy salad in your hamburger or the lack of taste in general.

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16 Quiznos

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Who doesn’t feel like a good sandwich once in a while? Unfortunately, at Quiznos, that’s not really what you’ll get. Not only will you eat a sandwich that’s not that tasty, but you’ll have paid way too much for it.

Let’s just say that the quality/price ratio is not at its best at Quiznos. It’s not for nothing that several of their restaurants have closed in the last few years.

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17 A&W

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The A&W restaurant chain, known mainly for its root beer, has been in business since 1919. Probably there was a time when their food was worth the detour, but this is no longer the case.

In addition to getting poor service in restaurants with questionable cleanliness, you’ll eat a quickly assembled hamburger and odd-tasting greasy fries.

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18 Taco Bell

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Grabbing a taco when you’re on the move may sound like a great idea. However, see what else you can find other than a Taco Bell if you want to purchase and feast on better-for-your-health-and-your-taste buds Tex Mex food.

This chain has the dubious honor of being America’s worst fast-food Mexican restaurant, scoring especially low on food freshness and quality. Chipotle anyone?

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19 El Pollo Loco

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Every Mexican food lover has visited an El Pollo Loco. However, it is quite possible that they have only been there once because of the poor quality of these restaurants.

The food could taste worse, although it is usually dry, but at the price it is sold for, you would expect much better.

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20 Five Guys

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Five Guys is not the place for the health-conscious consumer, or simply anyone who doesn’t want to consume 1,500 calories in a single meal. No one goes in there to invest in their health and sip on a glass of spring water.

The extraordinarily calorific Five Guys should only be visited as a treat or, ideally, never at all.

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21 KFC

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KFC chicken isn’t just chock full of herbs and spices; it is also overflowing with fats and chemicals.

To their credit, chicken strips may be a good source of protein, but they are also carb-heavy and this can compromise your health.

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22 Cici’s Pizza

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When the employees of a restaurant won’t eat the food it produces, you know something’s wrong. However, while the staff stays away from the menu due to its poor quality and the chain’s restaurants receive low scores for cleanliness, surveys show that you will be served politely and quickly at a Cici’s Pizza.

However, great service is not a reason to purchase and consume a bad meal that even employees won’t buy.

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23 White Castle

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A favorite of comedy duo Harold and Kumar, you may struggle to see what all the fuss is all about.

Why trade other places’ big and juicy burgers for their small and dry buns and bland meat. A White Castle meal is simply not worth the calories.

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24 Smashburger

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Smashburger often tries to play the healthier-than-others card by adding avocados or truffles to their hamburger, for example, but don’t be fooled.

With the high-fat ranch dressing or the old mushy lettuce they add to their burger, to name a few, Smashburger is wasting all their efforts on a delicious and healthier dish.

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25 Raising Cane’s

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If you like breaded chicken fillets, Raising Cane’s would certainly be the place to go since they only sell this and the taste is generally good. The big problem with Raising Cane’s, however, is consistency.

You can visit these restaurants several times, but rarely will your chicken strips taste the same. Sometimes they will be okay, but other times they will be overcooked, or soggy.

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26 Wienerschnitzel

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Wienerschnitzel restaurants may seem very attractive because of their very low prices, but here’s all you’ll find attractive there, be sure of it.

Their low prices come at the cost of overcooked meat that tastes burnt and is served in quantities far too small for the bread that contains it, and French fries of questionable texture.

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27 Sbarro

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The specialists in New York-style pizza have found themselves at the bottom of fast food outlet ranking lists this year, dragged down by the low quality and freshness of their food.

It may be unsurprising then that early in 2019, Sbarro started its second bankruptcy proceedings in around three years.

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28 Starbucks

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Starbucks may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of fast-food restaurants but perhaps you should think again.

Purchase a mocha or a hot chocolate and you’ll consume a huge amount of calories and 300% of your maximum recommended daily sugar intake.

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29 Wendy’s

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Choose just one of the items on a Wendy’s menu and there’s a good chance you will be getting a whole day’s recommended intake of salt, sugar, saturated fat and calories. Nothing good for your arteries, especially if you are in recovery for any cardiac disease.

If you don’t find that off-putting enough, cast your mind back to the 2018 video that went viral showing an employee at Wendy’s discovering a mouse amongst a batch of buns.

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30 Sonic

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Apparently eager to challenge Hardee’s for the title of ‘Maker of America’s Unhealthiest Burger,’ Sonic gives customers the option of doubling up their bacon cheeseburger with mayo to create a meal that will clog your arteries as soon as you look at it.

In total, this double burger contains 1,880 mg of sodium, 23 gm of saturated fat, 12 gm of sugar and 1,030 calories. We also recommend making sure that your health insurance is still in effect if you really must try it.

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31 In-N-Out Burger

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In-N-Out Burger is a popular fast-food chain in the Western United States and is a favorite among the rich and famous. Of course, they serve up juicy hamburgers and crispy french fries but think twice before placing your order because they have plenty of not-so-great options for you. 

They even have a secret menu that features their most unhealthy item, the IN-N-OUT 4×4 Burger. This monstrosity has four hamburger patties and four slices of cheese. At 1,050 calories and 70 grams of fat, your arteries will not be happy if you hunker down on this bad boy. 

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32 Del Taco

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Mexican food enthusiasts flock to Del Taco for their authentic menu items. This fast-food chain offers everything from street tacos to nachos. Plus, they have delicious french fries on the menu, and who doesn’t love eating a taco with french fries? 

For their worst item, in terms of calories and fat, you should not opt for the Epic Steak and Potato Burrito. It contains layers of carne asada, crinkle-cut fries, chipotle sauce, bacon, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. The sodium count alone is 2,280 mg! Your heart rate probably went up just reading about this burrito!

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33 Burger King’s Extreme Super One Pound Beef Burger

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As everyone knows, the menus of the various fast food restaurants can vary from country to country. This specific item is only available in Japanese Burger King’s restaurants, but it still deserves its place in this list because it is absolutely incredible.

The Extreme Super One Pound Beef Burger is considered ‘A heart attack to go’ according to a Twitter user. It contains no bread, but it has more than a pound of meat, about 4 times more than a Whopper, giving it a weight of 1.12 pounds. The rest of the ingredients are quite similar to a normal hamburger. Still, it costs 1400 yen, or $13.50.

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34 Popeye’s

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Popeye’s Chicken is another fast-food chain for chicken-lovers. They serve traditional fried chicken and all the yummy sides. They caused quite a stir with their Spicy Chicken sandwich. It may be worth all the hype, but it is not the best option if you’re hoping to eat healthily. 

This gut-busting sandwich features a chicken breast marinated in Louisiana seasonings, buttermilk breading, barrel cured pickles, spice mayonnaise, all in a brioche bun. It may sound yummy, but it has 700 calories and 70 grams of fat. Yikes! You’d be better off ordering their loaded chicken wrap. 

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35 Papa John’s Pizza

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Papa John’s Pizza is a beloved pizza chain that offers everything from specialty pizzas to chicken wings. It’s the best place to go to fulfill those pizza cravings, but not so good if you’re on a health kick. They offer a Garden Salad for the health-conscious diner, but their other menu items are not great options.

For example, Papa John’s large Meat-Lover’s pizza is loaded with calories. This pie features pepperoni, sausage, beef bacon, Canadian bacon, and is smothered with mozzarella cheese. One slice alone is a whopping 410 calories and contains 1130 mg of sodium. Avoid this pizza at all costs!

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36 Zaxby’s

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If you like chicken, then chances are, you love Zaxby’s. This southern fast-food chain offers everything from traditional chicken wings to their famous Chicken Fingerz. This is tailgating food at it’s finest, but don’t eat here if you’re watching your waistline. Although they offer salads on the menu, there are items you should avoid. 

The 6 Piece Chicken Plate is their least healthy option. The meal includes 6 chicken fingers, crinkle-cut french fries, coleslaw, and a slice of Texas toast. It may sound mouth-watering, but this meal comes in at 1,920 calories! No, thank you!

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37 Hardee’s

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Hardee’s is home to America’s unhealthiest burger. One for which health insurance should be a requirement. A hugely familiar brand across the country, Hardee’s (or Carl’s Jr. in some areas) is responsible for a burger that includes three cheese slices, four bacon strips and close to a pound of beef.

Eat one of these monstrosities and you’ll be consuming 35 gm of saturated fat, 1,690 mg of sodium and 1,240 calories. Yikes.

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38 Panda Express

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With brown rice available as a healthier option, you will even find vegetables in a Panda Express meal, although vegetarians have just one choice when it comes to entrees.

Nonetheless, salt levels are elevated and the corporation has been criticized for its high prices given the quality of its food.

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39 McDonald’s

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Being an international food chain doesn’t guarantee excellence. The burgers at McDonald’s received the lowest ranking in terms of the quality and freshness of their ingredients in a recent survey.

While low on quality, they are immensely high in calories and there is now little doubt that the obesity epidemic in the US is due in part to the omnipresence of McDonald’s restaurants. Yes, the classic of classics on the fast-food market is actually bottom-of-the-scale stuff.

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40 Chick-fil-A

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When you start craving a chicken sandwich, rule Chick-fil-A out! With high-fat, high-calorie and bad-tasting fries and salty, fatty sandwiches, go elsewhere to satisfy that craving.

Grilled nuggets are a slightly healthier choice at Chick-fil-A, as long as you don’t buy fries as a side and trade them with something else, which, good luck.

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41 Burger King

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Breakfast items are the worst offenders when it comes to the calorific offerings on a Burger King menu. With as much as 1,420 calories in a breakfast option, trade the latter for grilled chicken with a garden salad without dressing.

However, if you care about your cardiovascular system, it’s probably best to stay away from this high-fat, high-salt and high-cholesterol fast-food chain altogether.

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42 Moe’s Southwest Grill

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Welcome to Moe’s, where you can get the Homewrecker Burrito. This should be called the Gutbuster because the Homewrecker Burrito with chicken contains a whopping 1,019 calories per serving. With 43 g of fat and 2,180 mg of sodium, this is one item that should be avoided.

According to the Moe’s website, this menu item consists of guacamole, seasoned rice, beans, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and a choice of carnitas, steak, chicken, ground beef, or organic tofu, wrapped up in a 12-inch tortilla. With 121 net carbs, this is the least healthy option at Moe’s.

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43 Boston Market

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It may seem like you’re making a healthy choice by eating at Boston Market, and while they do offer healthier menu items, there’s one meal that stands out from the rest when it comes to calorie and fat content.

If you order 1/2 Order Baby Back Ribs with Fresh Steamed Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Zesty BBQ sauce, and Cornbread, you’ll be taking in 1,550 calories and 78 g of fat. It may be tempting to hunker down on some ribs, but the Quarter Skinless Rotisserie Chicken with Zesty BBQ Sauce can give you the same flavor and is so much better for you.

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44 Carl’s Jr.

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If you’re craving a cheeseburger but don’t want to eat a day and a half’s worth of calories in one sitting, you should stay clear of the Triple Western Bacon Cheeseburger. This monster of a burger comes with three charbroiled all-beef patties, two strips of bacon, melted American cheese, crispy onion rings, and BBQ Sauce in a sesame seed bun.

Coming in at 1,380 calories and 81 g of fat, this menu option would not be the best choice if you’re watching your waistline. With 2,750 mg of sodium, your heart and arteries would be at risk too. This cheeseburger is trouble, for sure.

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45 Whataburger

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They say that everything is bigger in Texas and that is the case with the next item on the list. Whataburger, a Texas fast-food burger chain, boasts the Triple Meat Whataburger. If you add an order of french fries and a drink to your order, this meal contains 1,400 calories.

Looking at the fat content, you’d be taking in 46 g of fat in one sitting. The sodium content is just as shocking at 1,590 mg. Any way you look at it, this meal is off the charts and not the healthiest choice for your body.

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46 Jimmy John’s

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Jimmy John’s offers a sandwich aptly named The J.J. Gargantuan. This monster comes with salami, sliced smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey, and provolone combo. Don’t think that you can cut back on calories by ordering this one on wheat bread.

At 1,100 calories and 55 grams of fat, the Gargantuan sandwich is not the best option on the menu. Jimmy John’s says it’s “huge enough to feed the hungriest of all humans!” and they weren’t kidding with that assessment. With 3,550 mg of sodium and 69 grams of carbs, you might not feel your best after eating this one.

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47 Long John Silver’s

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You won’t believe what people have said about the food at Long John Silver’s. Their Big Catch meal was named the “Worst Restaurant Meal in America” by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. You can’t get much worse than that, can you?

They totally earned that title as this meal comes in at a staggering 1,320 calories. The meal comes with fried fish, hush puppies, and a side of onion rings. With 19 grams of saturated fat and almost 3,700 milligrams of sodium, it’s no wonder this meal has gained such a terrible reputation. Be sure to skip this one. 

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48 Bojangles

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Who knew that a bowl menu item could land a fast-food establishment on this list? That’s the case with the Bojangles Chicken Rice Bowl, which comes with roasted chicken, dirty rice, Cajun pinto beans, and cheddar cheese.

Coming in with a whopping 780 calories and 27 g of fat, this menu item is a far cry from being the best option. With 3,550 mg of sodium, there’s no shortage of salt in the Chicken Rice Bowl. If healthy eating is your goal, avoid this one at all costs. Your body will thank you for it. 

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49 Johnny Rockets

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Johnny Rockets says they are “Home to Burgers, Shakes, Fries & Fun!” They’re also home to the Route 66 Double Burger, which is how they ended up on this list of what not to order at a fast-food chain.

This sandwich is stacked with two beef patties, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, and onions. It has 1,060 calories, 70 grams of fat, and a shocking 1,870 mg of sodium. You would get a day’s worth of sodium in one sitting, which is not a healthy life choice. We’d think twice before biting into this enormous burger, if you ask us. 

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50 Steak ‘N Shake

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Steak ‘N Shake is mostly known for their milkshakes and steakburgers, but they have several items on their menu that should be avoided. The Country Skillet may sound delish as it comes with shredded hash browns, sausage patty, sausage gravy, cheddar ‘n jack cheese, and a buttermilk biscuit topped with two fried eggs.

Don’t pull out your knife and fork just yet, though, because the Country Skillet at Steak ‘N Shake is totally not good for you. Need more proof? This menu item contains 1,320 calories and 2,340 mg of sodium. You’d be wise to not order this breakfast skillet.

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51 Shake Shack

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Shake Shack has taken the world by storm. The Austin-based burger joint is home to the Lockhart Link Burger, which is a cheeseburger topped with a griddled jalapeño sausage link. It may sound delectable, but it could be a nightmare for the scale.

Coming in at 1,330 calories and 96 g of fat, this mouthwatering menu item just isn’t worth the price you’ll pay in pounds. Not to mention that the Lockhart Link Burger contains 4,110 mg of sodium. We feel like we had a slight heart attack just from typing those words. Be kind to your body and avoid this ordering one. 

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52 Wingstop

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Wing Stop claims to carry “Chicken wings from wing experts”. While this may be true, it’s actually one of their side items that has us questioning their credentials. Their Louisiana Voodoo Fries could pass as a full meal on its own. These fresh-cut fries come topped with Cajun seasoning, ranch, and cheddar cheese.

At 910 calories and 49 grams of fat, you won’t have any room for wings if you order this beast of a side dish. We’re sweating just thinking about eating those fries! You’d do better to just stick to ordering what they’re known for. 

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53 Firehouse Subs

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Tuna seems like a healthy option, but the folks over at Firehouse Subs managed to make it an unhealthy choice in their menu. The large Tuna Sub looks innocent enough, but it spells nothing but trouble for your waistline. With 1,540 calories and 103 grams of carbs, its nutritional content is off the charts.

Taking a look at the sodium, the large tuna sub has 3,030 mg of sodium. That’s way over the recommended daily amount of 2000 mg. You would exceed healthy sodium levels in just one meal. This is another menu item you should definitely pass on.

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54 Schlotzsky’s

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Schlotzsky’s may have “fresh items that everyone loves,” but not every menu item is a healthy choice. While the Original Style Turkey Sandwich does contain naturally lean turkey meat, which sounds like a great choice for a sandwich, it’s actually filled with high calories, fat, and sodium.

Coming in at 831 calories, 35 grams of fat, 81 g of carbs, and 2,529 mg of sodium, Schlotzsky’s filled this menu item with salami and three kinds of cheeses, making it an unhealthy option in disguise. The fact of the matter is, this sandwich will do you zero favors.

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Cold Stone Creamery

55 Cold Stone Creamery

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Who would think that a milkshake could contain 2010 calories? That’s the case with The Cold Stone PB&C milkshake. Men’s Health added this one to their list of the 20 worst drinks in America. “In terms of saturated fat, drinking this Cold Stone catastrophe is like slurping up 68 strips of bacon,” the mag said.

That’s a crazy thought, if you ask us. The PB&C milkshake combines peanut butter, chocolate ice cream, and milk. It contains 68 grams of saturated fat and 153 grams of sugar. The sugar count alone is downright scary. 

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Red Robin

56 Red Robin

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Red Robin is famous for their gourmet burgers, but that’s not what landed them on this list. The Clucks & Fries Buffalo Style comes with french fries, chicken tenders, and a blue cheese dipping sauce. They even throw in some celery to make it appear healthy, but don’t be fooled.

Coming in at 1,620 calories and 113 g of fat, this entrée item would not be good for your weight loss goals. The sodium content is 4,120 mg, which has us worried because that’s almost twice the amount of daily recommended intake. Whatever you do, don’t order this dish at Red Robin!

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Entabe

57 Cinnabon

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Everyone deserves a treat now and again and Cinnabon is there to cater to your sweet tooth at just about any mall food court in America. We’re here to warn you about one particular item on their menu that you should avoid, the Cinnabon Caramel Pecanbon.

This monster cinnamon bun has 1,080 calories and 51 g grams of fat. That’s more than half of your daily allotment of calories and nearly an entire day’s worth of fat! It’s teaming with sugar at 75 grams. It’s yummy, but not that yummy! Don’t waste the empty calories on this treat. 

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Einstein Bros.

58 Einstein Bros.

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Einstein Brothers pride themself on being your “neighborhood bagel shop,” but they also have breakfast sandwich items on their menu. The Chorizo Sunrise 2-Egg Signature Sandwich may seem healthy because it’s packed with protein, but it’s not as good as it seems.

At 920 calories and 57 grams of fat, that’s not the healthiest way to start your day. Plus, with 1,600 mg of sodium and 62 grams of carbs, it’s just high across the board. You’d be smarter to opt for the Santa Fe Egg White, which comes in at 420 calories. That’s still pretty high in calories, but it would be better for you.

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Fast Food Nutrition

59 Culver’s

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We love bacon just as much as the next person, but it can tip the scales when added to a cheeseburger. That’s the case with Culver’s Bacon Deluxe, Triple. This burger comes with two beef patties and a heaping serving of bacon. While it may sound delish, it’s filled with high calories and tons of fat.

Need proof? The Culver’s Bacon Deluxe, Triple comes in at 1,090 calories and 76 grams of fat. We can feel our blood pressure rising at just the thought of eating this burger. Go instead for a ButterBurger ‘The Original,’ Single without cheese if you’re craving a Culver’s burger.

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Jamba Juice

60 Jamba Juice

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Jamba Juice has fast become a fan favorite for smoothies. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ve made a healthy choice if you order Jamba Juice’s Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie, though. This is the most calorie-dense option on their smoothie menu, coming in at 910 calories for a large serving.

Calories aren’t the only problem with this option, either. With 28 grams of fat and 144 grams of carbohydrate, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. You should go for the Strawberry Surf Rider instead, which only has 250 calories. You won’t skimp on flavor and your body will feel so much better.

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Ea This, Not That

61 Fazoli’s

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Fazoli’s is a fast-food chain that offers fresh Italian meals. Their Ultimate Fettuccine meal is by far the worst item on the menu, not for the taste, but for the calorie and fat content. With 980 calories and 35 grams of fat, there is no way this dish is good for you.

The sodium content alone should make you pause at 3,180 mg of sodium per serving. That’s pretty absurd. If you just can’t resist the lure of the Ultimate Fettuccine, then at least split it with a friend. Do yourself a favor, and order the Baked Lasagna instead. It has 630 calories, which isn’t great, but not nearly as unhealthy as the fettucini.

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Jasmine Gilmore

Jasmine is passionate about yoga and wellness. She likes to take care of herself, but also to help others to do the same. With a bachelor's degree in professional writing, she shares her tips and tricks to feel good about herself between two yoga retreats.

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