Top 5 worst choices from fast food value menus

Top 5 worst choices from fast food value menus

Dieticians chose the following five fast food items:

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:

#1 worst choice

Jack in the Box junior bacon cheeseburger ($1.00)

Calories: 400
Total Fat: 23 grams (8 g saturated, 1 g trans)
Sodium: 800 milligrams

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#2 worst choice

Taco Bell cheesy double beef burrito ($0.89)

Calories: 460
Total Fat: 20 grams (7 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat)
Sodium: 1,620 milligrams

#3 worst choice

Burger King breakfast sausage biscuit ($1.00)

Calories: 420
Total Fat: 27 grams (15 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat)
Sodium: 1,090 milligrams

#4 worst choice

McDonald’s McDouble burger ($1.00)

Calories: 390
Total Fat: 19 grams (8 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat)
Sodium: 920 milligrams

#5 worst choice

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

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.

Source: Cheap Eats for Hard Times: The Five Most Unhealthful Fast Food “Value Menu” Items. A Report from The Cancer Project, Winter 2008.

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