The Unhealthiest Foods at Burger King
Sometimes, you just really want a burger. And some French fries. Possibly onion rings, too. It's decided a trip to the Burger King drive-thru is needed. While fast food isn't something anyone should be eating daily, once in a while, it's OK, as it's all about moderation. You still want to make sure you aren't choosing to indulge in a meal that is going to totally sabotage your diet, right?
Your best bet is to avoid ordering any of the truly outrageous menu options Burger King offers. We rounded up the biggest offenders so you know what to skip over as you're deciding on what to order as you wait in the drive-thru line. (For more healthy eating tips to help keep you on track, check out the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time!)
Triple Whopper with Cheese
Three quarter-pound beef patties are topped with mayo, ketchup, and cheese, making for a gut-busting menu option that contains more than 4 grams of health-harming trans-fat. And more than half a day's calories! Not only is this burger extremely high in fat and saturated fat, but the sodium is another reason to stop you right in your tracks. No thanks!
Bacon King Sandwich
This burger isn't any better! The Bacon King Sandwich features two 1/4-lb beef patties that are topped with a hearty portion of thick-cut smoked bacon, melted American cheese, ketchup, and mayonnaise, all on a soft sesame seed bun. Anytime bacon is added to the mix, you know the sodium count is going to jump up.
As you most likely already know, The American Heart Association recommends a healthy person should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams a day of sodium. This one burger has nearly one full day's worth of sodium. Researchers at Deakin University actually found that having too much salt can lead you to crave and eat more fatty foods overall. This then can cause weight gain. A slippery and dangerous slope!
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BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich
You might think going for a chicken sandwich is always a better choice, but the BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich is one to steer clear of. The chicken filet is seasoned and breaded (so you know, it's fried) and is topped with thick-cut smoked bacon, sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise all on a potato bun. It's yet another high-calorie, fat, and sodium-filled menu option.
Crispy Chicken Garden Salad
Don't be fooled by fast-food salads. They're often just as bad for you as a burger! At BK, the Crispy Chicken Garden Salad gets major demerits. It comes in at nearly 900 calories and has more sodium than if you would get from 140 Lay's potato chips. Remember, this all without any dressing. Mixing in some ranch will tack on an additional 260 calories.
Chocolate Oreo Shake
Oh, the milkshake. It seems like a harmless sweet treat, but milkshakes are always overly indulgent. BK's Oreo Chocolate Shake is no exception, as it clocks in at more than 700 calories and has 101 grams of sugar. Keep in mind The American Heart Association recommends men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of added sugar per day, and women shouldn't have more than 6 teaspoons or 25 grams per day.
We're just going to go ahead and say it—if you're ordering 20 chicken nuggets, you better be sharing them or saving them to last you for a few days. It's never a good idea to eat that many nuggets at one time. The fact that this huge order size even exists is scary, as it's hard to not just mindlessly eat these spicy bite-sized nuggets if they're in front of you. Just be mindful!