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Every Menu Item at Taco Bell — Ranked

Great news! There’s a super-healthy new vegetarian restaurant in your neighborhood, and it’s really inexpensive. It’s called...Taco Bell.

That sounds pretty crazy. After all, the Bell has a reputation for committing serious [dietary sins]: They invented the “taco waffle,” almost single-handedly making morning the most nutritionally hazardous time of day. And then they tried to sell us on the idea that we needed a “fourth meal,” as if we hadn’t gained enough weight from the first three.

RELATED: Every Item on McDonald’s Menu—Ranked!

But Taco Bell’s caloric bark is worse than its bite, especially with the news that it’s become the first fast-food chain to offer meat-free meals certified by the American Vegetarian Association. It’s also pledged to remove all artificial preservatives and additives by the end of 2017. In fact, even before this news, Eat This, Not That! rated Taco Bell as the healthiest Mexican chain in America; it scored a B in our 2015 Restaurant Report Card. (Baja Fresh and On the Border earned a D, Chili’s a D+, and even Chipotle managed only a C thanks to its giant burritos and high-calorie salads.)

Still, you can make a lot of bad choices when you ring the Bell. To help you avoid a Mexican standoff on your bathroom scale, the editors of Eat This, Not That! took each and every meal into our Food Lab and ranked each one below. Enjoy responsibly, and to easily burn off any of these dishes—without spending hours in the gym—don’t miss this list of the essential 55 Best-Ever Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism—Fast!

First, the Worst Tacos

Taco Bell was originally focused on just that—tacos—so we started there. To keep it simple, we analyzed the nutritionals of the “regular” versions; the “supreme” adds two extra ingredients: reduced fat sour cream and tomatoes. If you order that, tack on an extra 30 calories to each of the below.

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Double
Decker Taco

320 calories, 14g fat (5 g saturated, 0 g trans), 710 mg sodium, 36 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 2g sugars, 13 g protein

From McDonald’s McDouble to KFC’s Double Down, “double” always means trouble at fast food restaurants. It’s no different at Taco Bell: In the Double Decker, you’ll find cheddar cheese, seasoned beef and iceberg lettuce—decent enough—needlessly stuffed into a corn shell and then sandwiched between refried beans and a flour flatbread. The result is a taco with more saturated fat than a Whopper Jr. By the way, sometimes, fat isn’t bad: click here to discover the essential list of the 20 Best Full-Fat Foods for Weight Loss!

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Fiery Doritos
Locos Tacos

170 calories, 10g fat (3.5 g saturated), 380 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 3 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 8 g protein

The next three “Doritos Locos” all tie for 3rd worst taco, despite having decent calorie, fat and sodium counts. The reason? The ingredients—cheddar cheese, seasoned beef and iceberg lettuce—are wrapped in a Fiery, Cool Ranch or Nacho Cheese Doritos Shell. And Doritos are made with MSG. The additive makes everything taste more appetizing, increasing your desire to continue noshing. Plus, MSG also increases appetite by blocking the message to the brain that you've eaten your fill. In fact, one group of researchers found that giving laboratory rats MSG increased their food intake by a whopping 40 percent! And after you’ve filled your belly to the brim with MSG, the chemical tells your body to pump out insulin, the fat-storage hormone. This surge of insulin causes your blood sugar to plummet and your hunger to return — with a vengeance.

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Cool Ranch
Doritos Locos Tacos

170 calories, 10g fat (3.5 g saturated), 380 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 3 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 8 g protein

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Nacho Cheese
Doritos Locos Tacos

170 calories, 10g fat (3.5 g saturated), 370 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 8 g protein

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Doritos Cheesy
Gordita Crunch

500 calories, 28 g fat (10 g saturated, 1 g trans fat), 880 mg sodium, 40 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 20 g protein

A cheesy cousin to the Double Decker, this Gordita substitutes the traditional corn shell with a Doritos-flavored pita-bread like casing—and contains a laundry list of ingredients, including more artificial flavors than you’ll find in most tacos here, and 1 gram of trans fats, which are soon to disappear from fast food joints, banned by the FDA. And the calorie count is equal to 39 Doritos chips! If you want something salty or sweet, instead indulge in a snack that helps you build muscle and blast flab, like on of these 50 Best-Ever Snacks for Weight Loss!

And the #1 Worst Taco is...Cheesy
Gordita Crunch

500 calories, 29 g fat (10 g saturated, 1 g trans fat), 880 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 20 g protein

Why is this the worst taco at Taco Bell? A mix of cheddar and three other cheeses are layered with seasoned beef, spicy ranch sauce and iceberg lettuce, and then sandwiched between a corn shell and flour flatbread. It sounds like two tacos in one, and has the sodium count to prove it—swallow one, and you’ll get nearly 60 percent of your daily recommended sodium intake! Ironic, for a chain telling you to “Live mas.”

And Now The Best Tacos

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Grilled Steak
Soft Taco

200 calories, 10g fat (3.5 g saturated), 490 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 13 g protein

The first ingredient here is avocado, normally one of our favorite weight-loss foods, and we’re fine with the cheddar cheese and iceberg lettuce. (Too bad it’s all slathered with artificially-flavored ranch sauce.) Still, we’re happy to see USDA-select grilled steak and fresh tomatoes make it into this flour tortilla. Enjoy one—occasionally. Speaking of protein, choose the right one and start burning fat today—start with this amazing list of The 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss!

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Soft
Taco

190 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated), 500 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 9 g protein

Cheddar cheese, seasoned beef and iceberg lettuce assemble in a tortilla for less than 200 calories. Yet it still contains a fourth of your daily sodium allowance, so limit yourself to one or two, tops.

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Crunchy
Taco

170 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 320 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 3 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 8 g protein

Taco Bell’s Crunchy Taco has been around for three years, and it’s the nearest thing to the primordial version: Cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce and seasoned beef wrapped in a taco shell for less than 200 calories and one gram of sugar. Although it’s not our first choice, it’s close.

And the #1 Best Taco is the Chicken
Soft Taco

160 calories, 5g fat (2.5 g saturated), 480 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 2 g fiber,1 g sugars, 12 g protein

If you’re not into the crunch, the shredded chicken soft taco is just 160 calories, has the lowest amount of fat of any taco (at 5 grams) and offers a belly-filling 12 grams of protein. Downside: The flour tortilla has a moderately high sodium count. But it’s still better than any Burrito—keep reading to find out why. And learn which other foods to avoid—and which to enjoy—thanks to Insanity trainer Shaun T, Maria Menounos, Padma Lakshmi and more in these 50 Best-Ever Weight Loss Secrets From Skinny People!

Now, the Worst Burritos

When we say choose wisely, we’re really talking about the burritos—they’re packed with more salt than every McDonald’s burger. Keep reading to see why.

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Burrito
Supreme

410 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated), 1,140 mg sodium, 51 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 17 g protein

Supreme in name, pedestrian in execution, this burrito comprises cheddar, seasoned beef, iceberg lettuce, onion, “red” sauce, reduced-fat sour cream, tomatoes and refried beans. The latter is this item’s saving grace, providing 7 grams of fiber. But the Burrito Supreme—like all of Taco Bell’s worst burritos—has nearly a half-day’s worth of sodium!

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Loaded
Potato Griller

410 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated), 1,030 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 17 g protein

The first ingredient listed is bacon, followed by nacho-cheese sauce, potato bites and reduced-fat sour cream. Shockingly, compared to its burrito brethren, it’s not the worst.

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7-Layer
Burrito

430 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated), 1,020 mg sodium, 57 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 14 g protein

We’re surprised that these seven layers actually packed in less calories, fat, sodium, carbs and sugars than other options here. Then again, it’s missing the nacho-cheese sauce, and it adds healthier ingredients like guac and tomatoes. Quick tricks like that are just one of the 25 Most Overlooked Ways to Lose Weight!

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Combo
Burrito

450 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated), 1,380 mg sodium, 51 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 21 g protein

The Combo Burrito is just a Burrito Supreme (coming up later in this list) with a double portion of beef. You’re looking at 21 grams of protein and 25 percent of your RDA for iron. Just keep in mind that it’s sky-high in sodium and moderately high in carbs and fat.

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Cantina
Power Burrito

470 calories, 21 g fat (8 g saturated), 1,180 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 28 g protein

This one includes avocado-ranch sauce, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, guac, reduced-fat sour cream, romaine lettuce and marinated grilled steak. We’re happy to see avocado(http://www.eatthis.com/10-avocado-recipes-weight-loss) listed twice in this ingredient list; the green fruit shrinks belly fat and squashes hunger. But that doesn’t absolve this burrito’s 1,180 mg of sodium, more than you’ll find in an entire Auntie Annie’s pretzel!

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Cheesy
Potato Burrito

490 calories, 22 g fat (7 g saturated), 1,310 mg sodium, 54 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 17 g protein

If you’re looking for the surest way to achieve dad-bod, just eat one of these on the regs. Artificially-flavored nacho-cheese sauce, fried potato bites, reduced-fat sour cream, seasoned beef and a flour tortilla will only expand your waistline. (One 20-year Harvard study found that people who ate fries regularly gained more than three pounds of body weight every four years. Even worse, over the course of the study, the fry-eaters gained 15 pounds of flab from fries alone.) For decadent fat-burners better than fried food, don’t miss this list of the 25 Best Carbs That Uncover Your Abs!

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Beefy
5-Layer Burrito

500 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated), 1,290 mg sodium, 64 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 19 g protein

What happens when five of Taco Bell’s most popular ingredients come together? This monstrosity, which serves up a quarter of your daily calories and nearly half a day’s worth of carbs.

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Quesarito

650 calories, 33 g fat (12 g saturated, 0.5 g trans fat), 1,460 mg sodium, 65 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 21 g protein

Brimming with beef and rice, sauced with chipotle, nacho cheese, reduced-fat sour cream and cheddar, the Quesarito—a hybrid of a quesadilla and a burrito—will make you muy gordito if eaten regularly.

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Smothered
Burrito

700 calories, 35 g fat (13 g saturated, 1 g trans fat), 2,260 mg sodium, 68 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 28 g protein

“Smothered” is never a good thing at Taco Bell. This burrito includes “creamy chipotle” sauce, seasoned beef, reduced-fat sour cream, refried beans, a three-cheese blend and “red sauce,” whose main ingredients include modified corn starch, maltodextrin, and “natural flavors.” Not only is this item buried in salt and fat, but it’s drizzled with a processed sugar. Or shall we say, smothered.

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Volcano
Quesarito

700 calories, 38 g fat (13 g saturated, 1 g trans fat), 1,560 mg sodium, 66 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 22 g protein

This Quesarito contains cheddar cheese, seasoned beef, “hot lava sauce,” nacho cheese sauce, latin rice and reduced-fat sour cream. It spews up an entire day’s worth of sodium, ⅔ a day’s worth of fat and more than a third of your daily total calorie allowance. This is how Pompeii fell.

And the #1 Worst Burrito is...XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito

860 calories, 41 g fat (14 g saturated), 2,200 mg sodium, 91 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 32 g protein

More watchwords from south of the border: “XXL” and “Stuft.” It’s hefty 32 grams of protein aside, this meathead contains a whopping 91 grams of carbs, 41 grams of fat, and 860 calories. With avocado ranch sauce, cheddar, pico de gallo, guac, sour cream, refried beans, seasoned beef and a shredded three cheese blend wrapped inside a flour tortilla, just about the only thing “reduced-fat” about this burrito is the sour cream—and you’re holding a whole day’s worth of salt in one hand. To burn that off, you’d need these 33 Ways to Flatten Your Belly—Fast!

And Now the Best Burritos

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Shredded
Chicken Burrito

400 calories, 18 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 960 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 16 g protein

When you glance at the burrito menu, you might assume this is the healthiest option. (Shredded chicken has to be better than seasoned mystery meat, right?) But when the potentially lean meat is combined with “Latin rice” and covered in avocado ranch dressing and cheddar cheese, it’s almost a Burrito Supreme. Still, with under 1,000 grams of sodium, and less than 500 calories, this counts as one of the better options at the Bell.

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Beefy
Nacho Griller

380 calories, 16 g fat (4 g saturated), 830 mg sodium, 47 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 12 g protein

Inside the Beefy Nacho Griller is, well, beef, nacho-cheese sauce and “red strips”—corn flour, canola oil and yellow food coloring. Not good, but not the worst, comparatively.

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Black
Bean Burrito

390 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated), 1,080 mg sodium, 57 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 14 g protein

The two vegetarian burrito options are neck-and-neck. We list the Black Bean Burrito first because of its slightly higher calorie, sodium, and carb count.

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Bean Burrito

370 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated), 1,050 mg sodium, 55 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 15 g protein.
Oddly, the Refried Bean burrito here has less calories than the Black Bean burrito.

And the #1 Burrito is...Chipotle Chicken
Loaded Griller

350 calories, 16 g fat (4 g saturated), 810 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 15 g protein

Meet the Best Burrito at Taco Bell, containing the lowest calorie, carbohydrate and salt count, plus 15 grams of protein. And you know who’s a fan of chicken? Insanity star Shaun T. Learn how to slim down—fast—with these 20 Weight-Loss Secrets from Insanity’s Shaun T!

Now, the Worst Specialties

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Cheese
Quesadilla

460 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated, 0.5 g trans fat), 980 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 19 g protein

The Taco Bell “specialty” menu is filled with pizzas, wraps and salads—and you won’t believe which ranks the worst! But first, you’re not doing yourself any favors by opting for this over the Chicken Quesadilla, which is built with exactly the same ingredient list, void of protein-packed chicken. Instead, heaping amounts of cheese are left in its wake, packing in a Big Mac’s worth of fat and sodium. Speaking of McDonalds, if you like this exhaustive list, don’t miss Every Menu Item at McDonald’s—Ranked!.

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Cantina
Power Bowl

490 calories, 19 g fat (6 g saturated), 1,280 mg sodium, 49 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g
sugars, 29 g protein

Don’t be fooled by this item’s wholesome appearance. It contains as much fat as a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish or a Burger King Double Cheeseburger.

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Quesadilla

510 calories, 27 g fat (12 g saturated, 0.5 g saturated), 1200 mg sodium, 39 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 28 g protein

Creamy jalapeño sauce, grilled chicken and three blended cheeses will sit heavily in your stomach, and maybe on your conscience.

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Mexican Pizza

550 calories, 30 g fat (8 g saturated, 0.5 g trans fat), 990 mg sodium, 49 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 20 g protein

Torn between going Italian and Mexican? Taco Bell has you covered. How about seasoned beef, refried beans, and tomatoes, plus Mexican pizza sauce and shredded cheese? Just ask yourself if 30 grams of fat (the equivalent of three Snickers bars) is worth it.

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Crunch Wrap

540 calories, 21 g fat (6 g saturated), 1,210 mg sodium, 71 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 16 g protein

The Crunch Wrap’s corn shell envelops beef, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, reduced-fat sour cream and nacho-cheese sauce. You might enjoy the complexity of textures, but think twice about the 71 grams of carbs, which is more than half your daily allowance.

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Nachos
Bell Grande

760 calories, 38 g fat (6 g saturated), 1,310 mg sodium, 85 g carbs, 13 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 19 g protein

If this image doesn’t scream “processed nightmare,” the ingredients list does: Nacho cheese sauce, chips, reduced-fat sour cream, refried beans, seasoned beef and tomato (which is the only unprocessed thing here).

And the #1 Worst Specialty is...Fiesta Taco Salad

770 calories, 40 g fat (10 g saturated, 1 g trans fat), 1,590 mg sodium, 76 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 26 g protein

Just because an item has the word “salad” attached doesn’t make it healthy—especially when it’s encased in an enriched, bleached flour-and-corn shell and smothered in cheddar refried beans, salsa and reduced-fat sour cream. And it doesn’t help that the salad is made with nutritionally-devoid iceberg lettuce. Nor that this has 1 gram of trans fat. This party’s over. For more shocking calorie bombs you’re probably eating, click here for the 20 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet!

And Now the Best Specialties

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Nacho
Supreme

440 calories, 23 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 860 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 12 g protein

Nutritionally superior to the Nachos Bell Grande, this dish has 300 fewer calories. It also saves you 15 grams of fat, 450 milligrams of sodium and 39 grams of carbs.

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Chalupa
Supreme

360 calories, 21 g fat (5 g saturated), 580 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 13 g protein

Seasoned beef is cradled inside a deep-fried flatbread chalupa shell made with enriched wheat flour, with iceberg lettuce, reduced-fat sour cream, cheese and tomato. How can we be recommending this? If nothing else, the Chalupa offers the lowest sodium of the other specialty contenders.

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Meximelt

250 calories, 14 g fat (7 g fat, 0.5 g saturated), 730 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 14 g protein

We struggled to place this as a “Best” option, because it contains half a gram of trans fat. But it has the lowest calorie, fat, carb and sugar counts of the group. If you must go special, order it.

Now, The Worst Breakfasts

“Taco Bell breakfast” is sort of like “Fritos Pizza.” It’s an inherently bad idea, proven by the insane products the Bell brought out in its attempt to start charging you money earlier and earlier. Generally, we’re fans of the Bell—just limit yourself to lunch and dinner, and keep the wee hours sacred.

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Sausage & Cheese Biscuit Taco

370 calories, 23 g fat (10 g saturated), 650 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 11 g protein

Surprisingly, adding sausage to the Biscuit Taco cuts 60 calories and 5 grams of fat.

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Biscuit Taco

430 calories, 28 g fat (11 g saturated), 740 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 14 g protein

The Biscuit Taco is heavy on the fat and skimpy on size. And with 7 grams of processed sugar, it won’t take long for blood sugar levels to take a dive, leading to mid-morning cravings.

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Cheesy Burrito

490 calories, 28 g fat (11 g saturated), 1090 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 23 g protein

A BLT burrito sounds pretty boss (we admit it), until you consider the saturated fat content. At least it has a hefty 26 grams of protein and provides 35% of your DV for calcium.

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Grande Scrambler

630 calories, 30 g fat (8 g saturated), 1460 mg sodium, 65 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 26 g protein

The highest in sodium and carbs. If you want to uncover that six pack(http://www.eatthis.com/weight-loss-tips-guys), steer clear.

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AM Crunchwrap California

630 calories, 38 g fat (11 g saturated), 1400 mg sodium, 52 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 21 g protein

Taco Bell’s first Crunchwrap includes cheddar, egg, hash browns and guacamole. Refrain from asking for extra. You’re already consuming as much fat as one-and-a-quarter Big Macs.

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A.M. Crunchwrap Country

660 calories, 41 g fat (13 g saturated), 1290 mg sodium, 54 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 21 g protein

The country version of the A.M. Crunchwrap adds gravy and substitutes a sausage patty for the bacon. The first three ingredients are bleached enriched wheat flour, whey and modified corn starch.

And the #1 Worst Breakfast is...A.M. Crunchwrap

670 calories, 42 g fat (12 g saturated), 1300 mg sodium, 51 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 21 g protein

Fried potatoes topped with creamy jalapeno cheese and cheddar—it’s no shock that the Crunchwrap is by far the worst breakfast option. Consuming a full day’s allowance of sodium and saturated fat at breakfast is the worst possible way to start your day. Avoid these even on cheat days—and start losing weight for pennies a day thanks to these 30 Foods That Uncover Your Abs for $1—Ranked.

And Now the 'Best' of the Worst Breakfasts

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Grilled Breakfast Burrito Country

440 calories, 23 g fat (7 g saturated), 930 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 14 g protein

Gravy, crispy potato bites, a sausage patty and empty processed carbs. Yum?

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Grilled Breakfast Burrito

400 calories, 22 g fat (7 g saturated), 790 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 13 g protein

Just an egg, “nacho cheese sauce,” and a sausage patty inside a soft flour tortilla. If this sounds appetizing to you, take comfort in the fact that it’s 400 calories.

And the #1 Best Breakfast is...A.M. Grilled Taco

230 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated), 590 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 12 g protein

The best-of-the-worst of Taco Bell’s breakfast lineup has the lowest saturated fat and sugar content. Small victory: It contains cheddar cheese, not a cheese sauce. And to blast even more belly fat, start your morning with tea. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells). The tea’s combination of caffeine and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) seems to set fat cells up for defeat. We at Eat This, Not That! love tea so much, we made it part of our bestselling new diet plan, The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse! Test panelists lost 10 pounds in one week!

Now for the Sweets, ranked from first to worst

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Caramel Apple Empeñada

310 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 310 mg sodium, 39 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 13 g sugars, 3 g protein

It isn’t hard to imagine that a pastry filled with caramel apples is the worst option here. But this contains high fructose corn syrup, which can wreak havoc on your digestive system—and even your brain!

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Cap’n Crunch Delights

(2 pieces) 170 calories, 11 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 105 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 2 g protein

Cap’n Crunch Berry covered donut holes filled with a sugary icing. You can have two for 170 calories and 7 grams of sugar. But why?

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Cinnabon Delights

(2 pieces) 160 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated), 80 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 10 g sugars, 2 g protein

Although they’re advertised as “dessert for breakfast,” don’t be fooled — these cinnamon balls are definitely a dessert.

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Cinnamon Twists

170 calories, 6 g fat (0 g saturated), 210 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 1 g protein

These are your best bet on the dessert menu, because they have no saturated or trans fats. But an order still has 27 grams of carbs and 12 grams of sugar.

Now for the Worst Sides

If your taste buds and belly aren’t tapped out by these calorie, fat, and sodium laden entrees, Taco Bell also provides side dishes, if you can call a Dorito a side dish. And if you’re pairing them with a six-pack, you’ll need this list of The 25 Best Foods for a Hangover!

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Doritos Chips

140 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 210 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugars, 2 g protein

Chances are you’re already having a cheat meal. You have no excuse to order these crunchy MSG crisps.

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Premium Latin Rice

100 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 230 mg sodium, 18 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugars, 2 g protein

Nothing premium here. Although low in calories and fat, it’s plain rice — sky-high in carbs and low in protein. You don’t need it.

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Chips and Guacamole

320 calories, 20 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 450 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 4 g protein

Although this has 20 g of fat, this lands at the top of the pack, because avocado provides good polyunsaturated fats, making it superior to the white-carb bombs at #2 and #3.

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Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes

230 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated), 520 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 3 g protein

This is school-cafeteria food, and you’ve outgrown it.

And the #1 Worst Side is...Chips and Cheese

310 calories, 17 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 470 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 4 g protein

If you go for this, know that it has as much fat and calories as a 6-piece McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets — a.k.a. an entreé. Speaking of scary sides, don’t miss this list of Every Fast Food French Fry—Ranked and see who wins the war between McDonald’s and Burger King!

And now for the Best Sides

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Chips and Pico de Gallo

240 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated), 590 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 3 g protein

Eat This, Not That! normally recommends against chips at Mexican joints, but at least these aren’t Doritos!

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Pintos N Cheese

190 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated), 670 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 6 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 11 g protein

A side dish with 11 grams of protein isn’t bad—that’s more than most nutrition bars.

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Black Beans and Rice

180 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated), 430 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 5 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 6 g protein

When ordering beans, always bet on black—not that you need the rice.

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Black Beans

80 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 200 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 5 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 4 g protein

Yup, the best side dish at Taco Bell is the black beans(http://www.eatthis.com/8-superfoods-you-should-eat-every-day). Not only are these babies 80 calories and just 1.5 g of fat a pop, but they boost brain food and boost heart health!

Now For the Worst Dollar Cravings
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Spicy Potato Soft Taco

240 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated), 480 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 5 g protein

Fried potato bites, iceberg lettuce and cheddar: Pretty dire ingredients, but with one gram of sugar and less than 500 milligrams of sodium, this comes in at the best of the worst.

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Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito

420 calories, 17 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 930 mg sodium, 55 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 11g protein

Another burrito tips the nutritional scale, with refried beans and creamy jalapeno and nacho cheese sauces. Saturated fat, sodium and carb counts are sky-high.

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Triple Layer Nachos

320 calories, 15 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 600 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 7 g protein

Once again, Taco Bell opts for a nacho cheese sauce instead of actual cheese, drizzled over nacho chips and refried beans.

And the #1 Worst Dollar Craving is...Beefy Fritos Burrito

430 calories, 18 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 1030 mg sodium, 55 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 9 g protein

Fritos, beef and rice drenched in nacho cheese = waistline disaster. This is the worst Taco Bell dollar item, and we daresay it’s one of the worst meals you can get for a dollar, period. If you struggle with weight issues, don’t miss these ###40 Bad Habits That Give You Belly Fat!

And Now for the Best Dollar Cravings

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Beefy Mini Quesadilla

210 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated), 560 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 13 g protein

Mini in both size and ingredients, this quesadilla has just three components: Chipotle sauce, seasoned beef and cheese. It also has just 17 grams of carbs and a hearty 13 grams of protein. You could do worse for a dollar.

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Spicy Tostada

210 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated), 450 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 7 g protein

Cheddar, chipotle and red sauces, lettuce, refried beans and tomatoes in a tostada shell. With 210 calories and 10 grams of fat, it’s not the best choice, but it won’t destroy your waistline.

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Cheesy Roll-Up

180 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated), 430 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 2 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 9 g protein

For 180 calories, you get a melted three-cheese blend inside a soft flour tortilla. This is the lowest in sodium, overall fat, carbs and sugar on the dollar menu. But don’t bite into more than one: There are still 5 grams of saturated fat per roll-up.

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Mini Quesadilla

180 calories, 8 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 540 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 12 g protein

If you’re short on cash, go for this. It’s less than 200 calories and has just 8 grams of fat, with about 20% your daily allowance of protein.

Now the Worst of the Vegetarian Menu

Taco Bell’s new certified vegetarian menu is a collection of non-meat items that already exist on their menu. Overall, the menu offers some of their lower calorie, moderate fat and sodium options—and some duds.

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Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito

420 calories, 17 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 930 mg sodium, 55 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 11g protein

4
7-Layer Burrito

430 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated), 1020 mg sodium, 57 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 14 g protein

3
Biscuit Taco

430 calories, 28 g fat (11 g saturated), 740 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 14 g protein

2
Cheese Quesadilla

460 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated, 0.5 g trans fat), 980 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 19 g protein

And the #1 Worst Vegetarian Item is...Cantina Power Bowl

490 calories, 19 g fat (6 g saturated), 1280 mg sodium, 49 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g
sugars, 29 g protein

and if you’re vegetarian, don’t miss this list of Vegetarian Foods That Actually Have Meat!

And Now for the Best of the Vegetarian Menu

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Black Bean Burrito

390 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated), 1080 mg sodium, 57 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 14 g protein

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Bean Burrito

370 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated), 1050 mg sodium, 55 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 15 g protein

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Pintos N Cheese

190 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated), 670 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 6 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 11 g protein

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Cheesy Roll-Up

180 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated), 430 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 2 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 9 g protein

And the #1 Vegetarian Option is...Black Bean and Rice

180 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated), 430 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 5 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 6 g protein

All photos via tacobell.com


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