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The #1 Worst Breakfast to Order at Wendy's

Wendy's promises this breakfast will "destroy" your fast. Indeed, it tops McDonald's unhealthiest option.
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Summer is that carefree time of year when rules seemingly go out the window. But if you roll up to the Wendy's drive-thru window, there's one breakfast item that you should avoid no matter the time of year. In fact, the unhealthiest breakfast at Wendy's even has McDonald's worst breakfast beat.

Wendy's successfully rolled out its breakfast menu last year, following a few unsuccessful attempts dating back to the '80s, according to Forbes. In the short time since, Wendy's morning menu has become one of the most popular offerings in all of fast food.

Below, we reveal the #1 worst breakfast order at Wendy's, as well as a few options that are a little less mischievous. Speaking of summertime fun, don't miss The #1 Worst Blizzard to Order at Dairy Queen.

Let's start with Wendy's Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.

Wendy's honey butter chicken biscuit

Honey. Butter. Biscuit. Also, fried chicken. Do you really need us to spell this one out? Wendy's Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit isn't the worst thing on the breakfast menu, but the sweet and savory selection offers a hint of the nutritional red flags ahead. This breakfast item has 500 calories, 44 grams of carbohydrates, and 29 grams of fat. Oh, and the sodium? There are 1,260 milligrams, or about half the amount you should consume in a day. And that's without any seasoned potato wedges!

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Speaking of Wendy's seasoned potatoes . . .

Courtesy of Wendy's

Let's check out the nutrition information for the seasoned potatoes Wendy's serves at breakfast. A medium serving has 330 calories, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 14 grams of fat, and 900 milligrams of sodium. Wendy's describes this savory item as "natural-cut, skin-on potatoes cooked to perfection and seasoned with cracked black pepper and garlic powder." Sounds pretty good, but there are also a lot of ingredients in these things. Not all of them are easily pronounceable, which is always something to note when making choices about the food you eat.

The #1 worst breakfast to order at Wendy's is . . .

Courtesy of Wendy's

Wendy's makes a bold pledge with the Breakfast Baconator Combo: "Don't just break your fast. Destroy it." A closer look at the nutritional information reveals that this order may actually wreck your cardiovascular health and your waistline.

While the presence of a biscuit is the tell-tale bad diet choice on some fast-food breakfast menus (think Chick-fil-A), this Wendy's breakfast combo only needed a plain old burger bun to make it the worst. With sausage, multiple layers of bacon, and two types of cheese, Wendy's worst breakfast—the Breakfast Baconator Combo—is as unhealthy as it seems.

There are 1,380 calories in this combo, including 730 in the Breakfast Baconator alone. The sandwich has 50 grams of fat and 1,750 milligrams of sodium. Combined with a side of potatoes, this fat-and-sodium bomb tops the Big Breakfast with Hotcakes as The #1 Worst Breakfast to Order at McDonald's.

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Wendy's croissant sandwiches aren't much better.

Courtesy of Wendy's

Avoid being fooled by the light, flaky texture of Wendy's three croissant sandwiches. They average about 525 calories, though the Bacon, Egg, & Swiss Croissant weighs in the lowest with 410.

Note this general guideline with fast-food breakfasts: Opting for bacon instead of sausage will usually help bring down the fat you consume. (Also, check out the 9 Worst Fast-Food Menu Items That Are Loaded With Bacon.)

It's possible to keep your breakfast around 400 calories.

Courtesy of Wendy's

If you're looking to hang around 400 calories, three Wendy's breakfast hand-helds will get you there. In addition to the Bacon, Egg & Swiss Croissant, there's also the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit (420 calories) and the Sausage, Egg & Cheese Burrito (370 calories).

Just remember one of the few rules of summer: If you're going to Wendy's for breakfast, beware of the Breakfast Baconator. Also, don't forget to sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for shrewd analysis of your fast-food favs.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more