20 Unhealthiest Fast Foods On the Planet

The fast food industry offers convenience and flavor, but many menu items pack a hefty nutritional punch in terms of calories, saturated fats, sodium, and added sugars.

Here are 20 unhealthiest fast food items from various popular global chains, known for their high caloric content and poor nutritional profiles.

  1. Triple Whopper with Cheese (Burger King): This colossal burger includes three beef patties: cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles on a sesame seed bun. It’s notorious for its high-calorie count, often exceeding 1,200 calories, alongside a hefty dose of saturated fat and sodium, which can exceed half of the daily recommended intake for an average adult.
  2. Large Fries (McDonald’s): A fast food staple, these fries are beloved for their taste but have nutritional drawbacks. A large serving contains around 500 calories, significant amounts of fat, and over 300 mg of sodium. Regular consumption can contribute to increased risks of obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases.
  3. Pepperoni Pizza (Domino’s): A large slice of this famous pizza can pack around 300 calories, with the whole pizza delivering high levels of saturated fat and sodium. The combination of processed meat, cheese, and refined flour base contributes to its unhealthy profile.
  4. Fried Chicken Bucket (KFC): A bucket typically contains over a dozen chicken pieces, making it a high-calorie choice, especially when shared among a small group. The frying process adds trans fats, and the skin contributes additional saturated fats, making it a challenge for heart health.
  5. Nachos Bell Grande (Taco Bell): This dish layers tortilla chips with beef, cheese sauce, sour cream, beans, and tomatoes, leading to a high count of around 750 calories per serving, along with significant amounts of saturated fat and sodium, often surpassing 1,000 mg.
  6. Baconator (Wendy’s): The Baconator includes two quarter-pound beef patties, six pieces of bacon, cheese, ketchup, and mayo on a bun. It’s a caloric powerhouse with around 950 calories, high levels of saturated fat that can exceed 20 grams, and a sodium content that often tops 1,600 mg.
  7. Cinnamon Roll (Cinnabon): Known for its rich, sweet taste, a single cinnamon roll from Cinnabon can contain over 880 calories, with the icing contributing a large amount of added sugars. The saturated fat content can also be high, making it a less-than-ideal choice for a healthy diet.
  8. Milkshake (Chick-fil-A): These creamy treats, particularly in flavors like cookies and cream, can contain up to 600 calories and over 80 grams of sugar in a large size. The high-fat content, incredibly saturated fat due to the ice cream, adds to its indulgent but unhealthy profile.
  9. Cheese-Crusted Pizza: Specialty pizzas with cheese-stuffed or cheese-crusted bases significantly increase calories, saturated fat, and sodium. A single slice can easily contain more calories and fat than a standard pizza, making it a heavy addition to any meal.
  10. XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito (Taco Bell): This massive burrito is filled with beef, rice, cheese, sour cream, and beans, wrapped in a large flour tortilla. It’s an overload of calories, fats, and sodium, with one burrito often containing over 800 calories and large amounts of saturated fat and sodium, sometimes exceeding half of the daily recommended limits.
  11. Monster Thickburger (Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr.): With two 1/3-pound beef patties, several slices of bacon, cheese, mayonnaise, and a buttered bun, this burger can contain around 1,300 calories, over 90 grams of fat (including saturated fat), and more than 2,000 mg of sodium.
  12. Frappe Mocha (McDonald’s): This sweet beverage blends coffee with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and a drizzle of more syrup. A large size can have over 600 calories and vast amounts of sugars, contributing to an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes with regular consumption.
  13. Deep Dish Pizza (Little Caesars): A single slice of this thick-crust pizza loaded with cheese and pepperoni can deliver around 350 calories with high saturated fat and sodium levels, making it a dense and heavy option.
  14. Giant Beef Taco Salad (Taco John’s): While ‘salad’ might suggest a healthier option, this dish is anything but, with its fried taco shell, ground beef, cheese, sour cream, and dressing contributing over 960 calories, a high-fat content, including saturated fat, and excessive sodium levels.
  15. Outlaw Ribeye (LongHorn Steakhouse): This 18-oz steak is rich in flavor but high in calories and saturated fat. When paired with sides, it can constitute a meal exceeding 1,500 calories, making it a challenging choice for those monitoring their caloric intake.
  16. Ultimate Breakfast Platter (Jack in the Box): Featuring scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and pancakes, this breakfast option is a caloric bomb, with high levels of saturated fat and sodium, easily surpassing 1,000 calories.
  17. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard (Dairy Queen): A large size of this popular dessert can contain over 1,000 calories and a shocking amount of sugar and fats, making it more of an occasional treat rather than a regular indulgence.
  18. Big Mac (McDonald’s): Though not the highest in calories on this list, the Big Mac still packs a punch with its two beef patties, special sauce, cheese, lettuce, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun, amounting to over 500 calories, high levels of saturated fat, and sodium.
  19. Venti Caramel Frappuccino (Starbucks): This popular coffee drink, made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream, can contain over 500 calories and significant amounts of fat and sugars, contributing to its unhealthy profile.
  20. Supreme Croissan’wich (Burger King): A breakfast sandwich with sausage, ham, bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant, it’s a hefty start to the day with over 700 calories, high saturated fat, and excessive sodium levels.

These items exemplify the importance of moderation and the need to make informed choices when dining out, especially for those with specific health goals or dietary restrictions.