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The Top Swap at Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box's menu has come a long way in the past few years, but a few major changes still need to be made: banishing anything in a bowl or burrito, offering six burgers with fewer than than 500 calories, and eliminating all partially hydrogenated oils once and for all. Jack might have taken the harmful oils out of the fryer, but partially hydrogenated oils still can be found all over the ingredients lists, including in the sirloin beef patty seasoning.

Eat This

Jack's Spicy Chicken

Calories 530
Fat 20 g
Saturated fat 3 g
Sodium 820 mg

Not That!

Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club

Calories 710
Fat 36 g
Saturated fat 9 g
Sodium 1,910 mg

Seems that nearly every major fast-food player needs a spicy chicken sandwich on its menu. The Jack in the Box menu version is surprisingly gentle on the waistline, especially for a place known for producing some of the greasiest grub in the business. Plus, we love that it has fewer than 1,000 milligrams of sodium—a rarity in the realm of fast-food chicken. The core elements of the Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club are the same as they are in the sandwich to your left— spicy fried chicken topped with a mayo-based sauce—but the superfluous additions of cheese, bacon, and butter-doused toast result in 180 extra calories and nearly double the fat. Not. Worth. It.

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