Best & Worst

The Best & Worst Burger at Burger King

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Even loyal Eat This, Not That! readers can use the occasional reminder: It’s absolutely possible to have a burger and lose weight–if you order right.

While some patties will actually whittle your waistline, others–from the same restaurant no less–will do the exact opposite. This rule holds true at most fast-food joints, and BK—a chain that sells 6.6 million burgers every day—is no exception. In fact, the King holds the dubious distinction of being the unhealthiest of the Big Three burger joints. Even so, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in one of their delicious burgers when you’re trying to trim down. Just make this simple swap to keep unnecessary calories and fat off of your tray and off your belly.

Eat This!

Hamburger

Calories

230

Fat

9 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Sodium

460 mg

Carbs

26 g

Protein

9 g

Not That!

Triple Whopper Sandwich with Mayo

Calories

1,160

Fat

75 g

Saturated Fat

27 g

Trans Fat

4 g

Sodium

1,050 mg

Carbs

50 g

Protein

49 g

It’s hard to imagine a burger being any worse for you than the Triple Whopper; the nutritional nightmare douses three quarter-pound beef patties with mayo and sugar-laden ketchup and throws it all in a nutritionally-void bun. The gut-busting combination contains two days worth of health-harming trans-fats (the most dangerous variety) and half a day’s calories. The best swap for your waistline: the plain ol’ hamburger. With this order you’ll get a similar taste–minus 930 calories. If your smaller burger leaves you a bit hungry, pair it with a Garden Side Salad and order of apple slices. Those two additions will pack in satiating fiber without getting you anywhere near the Triple’s calories and fat.



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