Dieticians with The Cancer Project (an organization focused on cancer prevention and survival) reviewed the nutrition information for value menu items at Burger King, Jack in the Box, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s.
The following items were determined to be the unhealthiest:
Jack in the Box junior bacon cheeseburger ($1.00)
Total Fat: 23 grams (8 g saturated, 1 g trans)
Sodium: 800 milligrams
Taco Bell cheesy double beef burrito ($0.89)
Total Fat: 20 grams (7 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat)
Sodium: 1,620 milligrams
Burger King breakfast sausage biscuit ($1.00)
Total Fat: 27 grams (15 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat)
Sodium: 1,090 milligrams
McDonald’s McDouble burger ($1.00)
Total Fat: 19 grams (8 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat)
Sodium: 920 milligrams
Wendy’s junior bacon cheeseburger ($1.53)
Calories: 310 Calories,
Total Fat: 16 grams (6 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat)
Sodium: 670 milligrams
Source: Cheap Eats for Hard Times: The Five Most Unhealthful Fast Food “Value Menu” Items. A Report from The Cancer Project, Winter 2008.
Items from fast food “value menus” can be tempting, especially when they usually cost around $1.00. However, these items are not of value to your health and weight, especially when you order more than one.
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