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Nutrition Insider: Wendy's New Baconator French Fries

This cheesy, fried concoction is packed with half a day's worth of saturated fat!

With each changing season seems to come a new slew of foods with catastrophic calorie counts—you health-minded foodies out there know exactly what we're talking about. And if you've ever been curious how bad these trendy eats actually are, you're going to love our latest column: Worst Food in the World. In each installment, we find out just how villainous these nutritional nightmares really are. Taking center stage in today's edition is Wendy's Baconator Fries.

Wendy's makes this "side dish"—which really has enough calories to be an entire meal—by topping fries with Applewood Smoked Bacon, cheese sauce and shredded cheddar cheese. Talk about a heart attack on a plate. These 490-calorie French fries carry more than twice the calories, fat and sodium as Wendy's value-size order of fries and more than half a day's saturated fat. Pair an order of this cheesy, fried concoction with a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and you're looking at an 860-calorie meal that carries more than a day's worth of fat. While that's better than getting the Baconator Burger (960 calories), it's still doing you any favors.

Eat This Instead!: Ask for a value-size order of fries (220 calories, 11 grams of fat), a slice of bacon (20, 1.5 grams of fat) and a side of shredded Cheddar cheese (70 calories 6 grams of fat) and assemble the ingredients yourself. This make-it-yourself option will save you 180 calories and a whopping 10 grams of fat!

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Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more