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Top 5 Unhealthiest Fast Food Value Meals

There are a few reasons why you might find yourself in a fast food restaurant, two of them being cost and convenience. Whether you're in a rush, looking to save money, or simply have a hankering for fast food, know that some of the big menu options are better than others.

The Cancer Project surveyed the largest fast food chains in the US to come up with a list of what the initiative has deemed the five unhealthiest items. The survey coincides with new research that says cancer is projected to be the world's leading killer, with particular concern about high-fat diets in Western countries, and comes at a time when people might be sacrificing their health to save money. To see the five unhealthiest fast food items on value menus,


    1. Wendy’s junior bacon cheeseburger ($1.53): 310 calories, 16 grams of fat
    2. McDonald’s McDouble ($1): 19 grams of fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol
    3. Burger King breakfast sausage biscuit ($1): 27 grams of fat (15 grams of saturated fat), more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium.
    4. Taco Bell cheesy double beef burrito ($0.89): 460 calories, 20 grams of fat, 1,620 milligrams of sodium.
    5. Jack in the Box junior bacon cheeseburger ($1): 23 grams of fat (8 grams of saturated fat), 55 milligrams of cholesterol, 860 milligrams of sodium.


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mtiger mtiger 8 years
I very rarely eat fast food, but the Wendy's JBC is soo good.
lulabernie lulabernie 8 years
I am relieved my fav - The Big Mac isn't on here. I don't eat them every day (anymore). ;) I used to love the Wendy’s junior bacon cheeseburger. Yikes!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I'm relieved that my faves aren't on the list, but it may be because of the price point issue. Bugger. At least my fast food trips are FEW and FAR between!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I never eat any of those things. Ever. So this is pretty useless to me. tlsgirl...I think the Carl's Jr. burgers aren't on there because they don't have a value menu. Most of their burgers are kind of expensive.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
Thankfully I don't eat any of them..
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Wow I'm shocked by Wendy's jr bacon cheeseburger. :(
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I eat fast food and am neither fat nor unhealthy. It's all about moderation.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Thankfully, I don't order these items. I have no appetite for these foods.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
Wow, study shows fast food is unhealthy! I can't believe this is news. Just take a look at the ingredients (available on the websites). If you can identify 1/10 of the ingredients as real food you'd be lucky.
kristints kristints 8 years
Ew! I haven't eaten fast food at all since I became a vegetarian and I'm so glad I haven't. I really just don't get people who eat crap like this and stuff with all those chemical ingredients and then wonder why they're fat and unhappy. I recently was at a function where all they had to drink was soda, so I had about half of one, big mistake! I had a stomach ache the whole rest of the afternoon, now I have a philosophy, don't eat ANYTHING that you can't pronounce.
ferret ferret 8 years
sigh... bacon so evil-ly, deliciously, bad for you...
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Oh wow. I was feeling bad for having a veggie delight from subway earlier in a wrap but it was NOTHING compared to these!
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I thought the Wendy's Junior Bacon Cheeseburger was one of the "safest" options for fast food, actually. I read that somewhere. But it's still good to be aware of all these nutritional facts.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Oh, I guess that makes sense now b/c of the pricing AND high fat content.
mod16 mod16 8 years
jesus christ! some of those have more fat in them than i eat in a day!
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
Um, why are these on there? You can't tell me a Big Mac is worse than these. What about those crazy burgers from BK and Hardees that have bacon, eggs and a hamburger patty on them? Something tells me they missed a few items in compiling this list.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm SO happy that i don't eat fast food cause thinking about all this - ick - it just makes my stomach hurt! i think that it's really good for us to know more and more what's in the food that we're eating!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I'm surprised that this wasn't split into a 5 page slideshow...
megannnn megannnn 8 years
This summary is a bit misleading of the intent of the original article. The original article only included low priced fast food items. For example, dollar menu type stuff. You might be wondering why some of those disgusting full pound Hardee's items are not on it, etc. Each item in the survey had to be both low cost and bad for you.
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
Yuck. I haven't eaten fast food in SO long (since I was a kid/preteen and I'd only eat Mcdonalds on occasion with friends). This makes me want to gag just reading it!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
You know, I'm shocked that none of the Carl's Jr. burgers are on there. They've got to be super high in fat since a bunch of them have about half of your daily calorie needs or more.
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