18 Unhealthiest Fast Food Items You Should Avoid

We all indulge in fast food from time to time, but some items are so unhealthy that it’s hard to justify eating them, even as a rare treat. So, if you’re looking to preserve your health, avoid ordering these 18 unhealthiest fast food items!

Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger

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The Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger could be considered an unhealthy fast food burger as it contains almost half of the recommended daily calorie intake for adults and 57% of the recommended daily sodium. Hopefully, you’ll feel full enough after eating this burger to put you off ordering it regularly.

McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Hotcakes

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Starting with a crowdpleaser, this popular McDonald’s breakfast meal includes a biscuit, scrambled eggs, hot sausage, and buttered hotcakes, and it’s as unhealthy as it sounds. Hone Health warns that it contains a whopping 1,340 calories, along with high saturated fat and sodium levels. Ouch!

Taco Bell Steak Quesadilla

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This tasty Taco Bell treat is far from nutritious, thanks to its massive sodium content. It contains an absurd 1,270 milligrams of sodium, making the Steak Quesadilla terrible for blood pressure. A single quesadilla also contains 520 calories, so eating a few makes up most of your recommended daily calorie intake.

Dunkin’ Donuts Large Caramel Swirl Frozen Coffee

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Dunkin’ Donuts specializes in delicious drinks, but not even the great taste of the Large Caramel Swirl Frozen Coffee is enough to justify its 1,120 calories and 40 grams of fat. While those numbers are lower for smaller sizes, this drink is incredibly unhealthy and also packed with sugar.

KFC Chicken Pot Pie

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KFC’s Chicken Pot Pie is warm and tempting, but don’t let that distract you from how unhealthy it is. Mashed reports that it contains 25 grams of saturated fat, which is 125% of the daily recommended amount. It’s also pretty unhealthy in other ways, but the saturated fat content alone is a red flag!

Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pizza

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Pizza Hut makes some of the tastiest fast food, but you might want to avoid some items. The Meat Lovers Pizza, for example, contains processed meat, which is full of cholesterol and saturated fat. It’s no wonder one slice is a whopping 210 calories, making a whole pizza very bad for your health.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

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Fall is pumpkin spice season, but you may want to swerve that delicious Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino from Starbucks this year, as a grande contains over 400 calories and 73 grams of sugar! While it’s okay to enjoy as an occasional treat, making Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos a regular thing encourages an unhealthy sugar intake.

McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese

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The Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese is one of McDonald’s unhealthiest burgers. It literally doubles everything that’s bad for you in the regular Quarter Pounder. In addition to containing a ton of calories, it also fills you up with more saturated fat and sodium than you should regularly consume.

Burger King Double Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

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This is another breakfast item that gives you an unhealthy start to the day. It contains 910 calories, meaning that, based on Burger King’s CalorieKing calorie counter, you’d need to walk for 253 minutes at a brisk pace just to burn it off! At least they’re honest.

Taco Bell Beef NachoBell Grande

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The Beef NachoBell Grande is one of Taco Bell’s unhealthiest menu items, thanks to its high calories, sodium, and fat. Taco Bell has far more nutritious options, so why not explore these and avoid the NachoBell Grande next time you’re craving Mexican food?

Wendy’s Maple Bacon Chicken Croissant

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While a croissant isn’t the unhealthiest breakfast option, the Maple Bacon Chicken Croissant from Wendy’s is very bad for you. It’s a reasonably small sandwich, yet it contains half your daily recommended sodium and fat consumption. Bacon is also high in cholesterol, and eating too much of it will raise your blood pressure.

KFC Family Potato Salad

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Despite having ‘salad’ in its name, the Family Potato Salad is actually the highest-calorie side available at KFC. It contains mayonnaise, pickle relish, and plenty of carbs. As a result, it’s a very fattening salad, even if you do as the name suggests and share it with the whole family.

Subway Meatball Marinara With Cheese

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The Meatball Marinara is a Subway classic, but it’s not good for you. Eat This, Not That lists it as Subway’s unhealthiest item because it contains so much saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. Trans fat is particularly concerning, as this lowers ‘good’ cholesterol, raising your risk of heart disease.

Domino’s Cinnamon Bread Twists

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Domino’s deserts, such as the Cinnamon Bread Twists, are just as unhealthy as their pizzas. Not only do they contain lots of sugar, but they’re also deep-fried. Consuming heavily fried sweet treats like these on a regular basis would be terrible for your heart and kidneys!

Krispy Kreme Peanut Butter Kreme Filled Donut

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Krispy Kreme is one of the gods of donuts, but it should only be enjoyed occasionally. The brand’s trademark peanut butter cream is packed full of sugar, just as the M&M candies piled on top are. When you also consider the sweeteners and artificial colorings, this donut should be reserved for special occasions only.

Burger King Ultimate Breakfast Platter

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so avoid starting yours with the Burger King Ultimate Breakfast Platter, as it’s 1,450 calories worth of hash browns, scrambled eggs, biscuit, sausage, and maple syrup pancakes. According to Fooducate, this totals over 50% of your daily saturated fat and sodium consumption, yikes!

Dairy Queen OREO Brookie Blizzard Treat

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Dairy Queen is famous for its Blizzards, but they aren’t great for your health. The OREO Brookie is among the worst offenders due to its sugar-filled OREO pieces and brownie-cookie chunks. This one small treat clocks in at almost 500 calories, not to mention high fat and sodium levels.

Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

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Finally, it’s Chick-fil-A’s beloved Mac and Cheese. Fast food mac and cheese is never nutritious, but this version is particularly bad. It contains almost 100% of the recommended sodium consumption and around 150% of the recommended saturated fat maximum. Eating one portion would leave you no food allowance for the remainder of your day!

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