Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Daily Meal Reveals the 10 Most Fattening Fast Food Dishes

A recent Gallup and Healthways poll found that nearly 62 percent of Americans are still overweight or obese. Among other factors, the calorie counts of the country’s ever popular fast food fare isn’t helping the matter., the site that houses all things food and drink, found the 10 Most Fattening Fast Food Dishes that make a 610-calorie KFC Double Down look like the healthier option. Here’s a bite of five devastating calorie bombs, some of which aren’t the usual suspects:

· KFC Variety Big Box Meal (1,680 Calories)—If you can’t pick just one KFC favorite, the fast-food chain is now giving you the chance to eat them all at once. Their new “Big Box” meal includes drumsticks, chicken strips, popcorn chicken, two side dishes and a biscuit. Picking the highest calorie options (potato wedges and baked beans) makes this meal a whopping 1,680 calories. You’ll need to buy the Double Down sandwich separately.

· Quizno’s Tuna Melt (1,535 Calories)—This beast of a sandwich sounds innocent enough: tuna salad, cheese, and fresh veggies. But combine globs of mayonnaise with cheese and fatty fish, and you’re reeling in three meal’s worth of calories at lunch alone. Not to mention that with 110 grams of fat, this sandwich busts out twice our maximum recommended intake for an entire day.

· Domino’s Chicken Carbonara Breadbowl Pasta (1,480 Calories)—The fantasy of comfort eaters everywhere: cheesy, creamy pasta stuffed inside a bowl of freshly baked bread. It’s hardly surprising that these pasta bowls meant for one offer up little in the way of protein, fiber, or fresh produce. They do, however, boast plenty of saturated fat and refined carbs (stuffed inside more refined carbs).

· Baja Fresh’s Breaded Fish Quesadillas (1,400 calories)—They might brag about a kitchen with “No freezers, can openers, or microwaves,” but Baja Fresh manages to pack plenty of calories into a single 12-inch tortilla. So what’s the secret recipe? Deep-fried fish sticks crammed between a thick layer of cheese and served with sour cream and guacamole.

· Wendy’s Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy ¾ lb Burger (1,060 Calories)—A fast-food burger isn’t exactly synonymous with nutrition, but there’s a vast difference between a basic Wendy’s hamburger — weighing in at 250 calories — and the new ¾ lb “Hot ‘N Juicy” special. A bigger, buttered bun, along with three beef patties and mounds of cheese, is the equivalent of eating four standard burgers.

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