The 100 Unhealthiest Foods of 2020
It's no secret that grocery store aisles are stuffed with unhealthy foods, and each year more processed foods are added to the shelves. Anywhere from the chip aisle to the freezer section, you're bound to come across packaged foods that are just downright unhealthy for you. The same can be said for restaurant menus, whether it's a sit-down place like Applebee's or a quick-service spot such as McDonald's.
But we're here to help you uncover the unhealthiest food items, so you can make better eating decisions both at home, while you're at a restaurant, or ordering in. Here, we've brought together the top 100 of the worst food products and menu items of 2020. We also called out several that debuted this year along with others that have been around and still remain popular (we're lookin' at you, Bloomin' Onion).
In order to choose the unhealthiest foods of the year, we took a close look at the nutritional breakdowns of each food item listed. Food items that are higher in fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and sodium than what the average person should be eating in one day made the list. Any restaurant meal with nearly or more than 1,000 calories (50% of a standard 2,000-calorie-a-day diet) qualified for the list, too.
We broke it down into which groceries and restaurant menu items were the worst you could find in 2020. Here's our full list, and to help keep you on course in 2021, here are the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.
We know shopping at the grocery store can be overwhelming. That was especially true this year when food shopping has been more of a "get in and get out as quickly as possible" experience. Some of the unhealthiest items on shelves might be obvious, while others will leave you surprised by what's lurking beneath the surface. From sodium bombs and staggering amounts of sugar to empty calories and fat-laden fare, these are the unhealthiest groceries of 2020.
Pop-Tarts Pretzel Cinnamon Sugar
These salty-sweet Pop-Tarts officially made their way into grocery stores in early 2020 and while they might make your tastebuds happy, they're doing nothing for your waistline! Just one pack has 27 grams of sugar and more than 300 calories. Starting your morning with a sugar rush means you're just going to crash. Plus, there is barely any fiber here, which means you'll end up hungry again not too long after eating these.
Twix Cookies & Creme
This candy bar made its return in early 2020 and while you may have been waiting a long time for it, there are some things out there that aren't really worth it. One pack is packing 17 grams of sugar! And it's no secret that candy bars do nothing for your health. Snacking on milk chocolate candy bars, specifically, can cause you to gain weight, as they are often very high in calories and sugar. A study in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the one food associated with the highest energy density (which means the most with weight gain) was chocolate bars.
Pringles Baconator Chips
When a snack prides itself on the amount of bacon flavor it can cram into one bite, you probably know it's best to approach it with caution. Pringles teamed up with Wendy's in 2020 to debut the Baconator chips that are just as fat-filled and salty as you would expect.
Pillsbury Grands! Strawberry & Cream Cinnamon Rolls
Pillsbury adding strawberry and cream-flavored icing into their cinnamon rolls was a game-changer in 2019 and they were spotted out again in 2020. Still, we encourage you to not have these for breakfast every Saturday. See, each roll packs in 24 grams of sugar, and the majority of those are added sugars.
Dunkaroos Cookie Dough
To make 2020 a bit brighter, Dunkaroos went ahead and bestowed a ready-to-bake cookie dough on the world. Your favorite '90s snack as a bigger (and warmer) cookie, complete with its classic frosting? It really is magical, but that doesn't mean it's good for you. One cookie is packing 17 grams of sugar, and that frosting? No surprise the first ingredient is sugar followed by high fructose corn syrup. We all know how easy it is to just mindlessly eat a bunch of delicious cookies when they're in front of you. So if you do want to try these out, take a few bites, and be sure to share.
Cheetos Mac 'n Cheese
Cheetos answered the call in 2020 and unveiled their own version of macaroni and cheese inspired by the chips' iconic flavors. We don't know about you, but it's a bit jarring to dive into a bowl of fire-red pasta when you know there isn't any tomato sauce in there! This mac and cheese isn't doing your health any favors more than eating a bag of actual Cheetos would.
Fanta Piña Colada
Fanta debuted this new flavor that is described as essentially, a drink that tastes like a vacation. During a year when traveling to a tropical island was off-limits, this soda seems like a nice treat. But you most likely know by now that any type of soda is, well, bad news. The sugar here is just through the roof. Instead, go ahead and add some actual fruit to your water and look back on photos from when you were able to travel freely to satisfy your vacation itch.
M&M's Fudge Brownie
Combining fudgy brownies inside M&M's seems like a dream come true. It was only a matter of time before bags of these treats made their way to store shelves! It's often impossible to stick to just one serving of these little candies and for the amount of calories and sugar you get, you're better off resisting the temptation.
Cap'n Crunch's Cotton Candy Crunch
Cotton Candy for breakfast, anyone? This edition of Cap'n Crunch says "artificially flavored" right on the box and is described as "overflowing with blue and pink pieces full of cotton candy flavor." This is clearly one cereal you don't ever want to start your morning with, that's for sure…
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Hot Pockets Big & Bold Chicken Bacon Ranch
Hot Pockets' "big and bold" flavors are 50% larger than typical Hot Pockets. That just means more calories, fat, and sodium. We will commend the protein serving you get from one of the chicken bacon ranch sandwiches, but we still recommend leaving these in the freezer aisle.
Ben & Jerry's Netflix & Chill'd
This ice cream flavor came about thanks to a partnership between Ben & Jerry's and the streaming service giant that is Netflix. It's designed to be the perfect blend of sweet and salty ingredients, for you to eat while you binge another TV series. One serving is nearly 400 calories, though, and packing nearly as much sugar as you would get from three Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts.
SuperPretzel Soft Pretzel Bites
These mini frozen pretzel bites are filled with cheese and covered in cheese—so it's cheese overload. One serving is just three bites, and that already is packing more than 500 milligrams of sodium.
Reese's Thins White Creme
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups got even thinner in 2020, and came in white chocolate. Again, it's the sugar here that is the biggest culprit, as it's very easy to eat even more of these than you would a typical pack of PB cups. These are thinner and come unwrapped in a bag—too easy to just down them all!
Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit Roll-Ups
Frozen breakfast meals are known for being sodium packed, and these roll-ups from Jimmy Dean are no exception.
Stouffer's Bowl Bulls Fried Chicken Mashed Potatoes
This Stouffer's bowl is made up of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, and gravy, creating a meal that is very similar to KFC's Famous Bowl. While it's certainly less caloric than the KFC version, this meal is still way too high in sodium.
DiGiorno Croissant Crust Three Meat
DiGiorno brought a new twist to the frozen pizza with the introduction of the croissant crust. While it might make for a lighter, flakier pie, it's still high in calories and sodium.
Pop-Tarts Frosted Chocolatey Churro
Pop-Tarts strike again, this time with a chocolate and cinnamon treat that is clocking in at 31 grams of sugar per serving. Yikes!
Chili's Chicken Fajita Bowl
Made with more rice than chicken, there's nothing fun about this salty fiesta in a bowl. There are plenty of better options in the freezer aisle if you're craving Mexican!
Heinz HoneyRacha Sauce
This sauce fuses together the sweetness of honey with the spiciness of sriracha sauce for an ambitious condiment. While it makes for a truly interesting flavor, it's rather high in sodium and sugar.
Oreo Limited Edition Tiramisu
This limited-edition Oreo flavor made its debut in 2020, and if you were lucky to get your hands on it, we hope you shared the wealth! Tiramisu is a traditionally delicious, yet very decadent dessert, and even translated to Oreo cookie-form, it's still something to have in moderation.
Little Bites Cookies & Creme Muffins
These cookies and creme mini muffins made a comeback, but that doesn't mean you should be stocking up on them. They're devoid of fiber, yet high in sugar, making for an unsatisfying snack.
Cereal Mashups Frosted Flakes + Fruit Loops Mash-Up
Kellogg's mashups are what you most likely dreamed of eating for breakfast as a kid, as one box combines two childhood favorites: Frosted Flakes and Fruit Loops. Together, though, it makes for some sugar-bomb.
Betty Crocker Chilled Treats
For a mini cup of chocolate mousse that's supposed to be just a light snack easily ready in minutes, the 35 grams of sugar are reason enough to leave this sweet treat alone.
Hungry-Man Double Chicken Bowl Boneless Fried Chicken
This is one of the worst frozen dinner options you'll find! This Hungry-Man meal is made of two fried chicken patties that are served with mac and cheese. It has more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium—in just one frozen meal. Then you take into consideration the amount of calories and fat you get as well and it's obvious this meal is one that should never make its way into your freezer.
Cinnabon Frosting Filled Cinnapastry
Although you might not be able to head to the mall food court to pay Cinnabon a visit, in late 2020, the brand came to your freezer aisle in a whole new way. These cinnamon pastries are filed with Cinnabon's frosting and brown sugar cinnamon for a sweet treat that is more than 400 calories. And those 26 grams of sugar? These get a hard pass.
Hostess Twinkies Cereal
Just when you thought actual Twinkies were bad enough, Hostess went ahead and put them in cereal form at the end of 2019. With a staggering six grams of saturated fat, this cereal wipes out around 30% of your daily recommended intake if you follow a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet. And there are plenty of cereals you should stay far away from, like any of The Unhealthiest Cereals on the Planet.
Hot Pockets Sweet Treats Cinnamon Roll
Is it sad that we would recommend you eat one of Hot Pockets' new high-protein steak and cheddar pocket over their new sweet treats? At least with the savory pocket, you get more than four times the protein than the cinnamon roll sweet treats offer. You'll be lucky if this sugary stick keeps you full for more than an hour.
Marie Callender's Beef & Bean Chili Cornbread Pie
This frozen meal is saturated in sodium and fat. We suggest you avoid this Marie Callender meal at all costs!
Pillsbury Toaster Chocolate Toaster Strudel
Yikes: One chocolate pastry boasts 12 grams of sugar and only one gram of fiber. We won't fall for that empty-calorie trap, no matter how enticing a chocolate pastry may sound!
Rice Krispies Cookies 'n Creme Snap Crackle Poppers
We know this name is absolutely adorable, but we don't love that one pack has 14 grams of sugar.
Stouffer's Baked Macaroni & Cheese
It should be known that while mac and cheese is thought of as one of the top tier comfort food dishes, it doesn't really do much for you, nutritionally speaking. This baked version from Stouffer's is topped with buttery romano bread crumbs, creating a meal that is loaded up with fat and sodium.
Dove Triple Chocolate Gelato Bar
Nine grams of saturated fat? That's nearly half of your daily allowance! Not to mention that there are 16 grams of added sugar in just one bar. We get it, Dove chocolates are smooth and irresistible, but we can assure you this gelato bar is not worth the excess added sugars.
Keebler Fudge Covered Coconut Dreams
We know, Keebler cookies are delicious, but they're high in fat and low in both fiber and protein. There's also a few weird additives and preservatives in these little bite-sized cookies such as TBHQ and sorbitan tristearate. Sorry, but it's best to pass on these.
Nestle Toll House Edible Cookie Dough
First, let's talk about the serving size here. Who is just going to eat two tablespoons of cookie dough? We know the answer and that's very few. Not to mention this product is void of fiber and protein, but manages to pack 12 grams of added sugar into each serving? We'll pass.
Sadly, there are more treats your sweet tooth should do without. Here are the 50 Unhealthiest Desserts on the Planet.
Heinz Kranch Sauce
Heinz has really done the most with this combination of ketchup and ranch. Our issue is that just two tablespoons will cost you about eight percent of your daily allowance of saturated fat, likely from the buttermilk, and it contains a list of additives and preservatives.
Nestlé Toll House Unicorn Cookies
We are all about the colorful unicorn food trend—remember the unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks? Well, just like the sweet beverage, the sugar content and saturated fat content are just too high for such a small amount of food here, too.
Contadina Pizzettas Four Cheese Pizza Bites
We love that Contadina includes cauliflower powder in the crust of the pizza bites. However, in just five small bites, you still end up consuming five grams of saturated fat (which is about 25 percent of your daily allowance), and just over 500 milligrams of sodium. And really, are you only going to eat five?
Lean Cuisine Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
While the calorie count and saturated fat content aren't of concern here, what could be improved is the sodium content. At 800 milligrams, this is too much for something that's a small meal.
Blue Bunny Load'd Apple Pie a La Mode
This sundae certainly is loaded—in sugar! Sixty grams? Come on Blue Bunny, that's not good for anyone to consume in one sitting. Also, need we mention the 13 grams of saturated fat in this ice cream treat…
Jimmy Dean Bacon Breakfast Bowl
Bacon, eggs, potatoes, and cheddar cheese in one bowl sounds amazing, but this should be a special occasion treat—not a daily morning breakfast. What's a major bummer about this bowl is that it contains a whopping 1,150 milligrams of sodium—that's exactly half of the sodium you should eat in one entire day.
For a healthier but still hearty morning meal, see 16 Delicious Breakfast Sandwich Recipes You Won't Believe Are Healthy.
Special K Ham, Cheese, & Quinoa Crustless Quiche
A quiche can be a healthy meal choice, but this one from Special K is far too high in sodium.
Lean Cuisine Chicken Teriyaki
It may only have one gram of saturated fat, but this frozen meal has 680 milligrams of sodium in a small 310-calorie meal, which is why it made the naughty list.
Pepperidge Farm Frozen Apple Turnover
Apple turnovers are a special occasion treat, but the saturated fat content in this pastry is a bit high to justify.
Tillamook Double Nutty Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Look, we love peanut butter and ice cream equally the same, and while we love that this ice cream brand puts the bare minimum ingredients into its products, we still cannot get behind the 20 grams of added sugar per serving. Also, with 460 calories in a serving, this item is more like a full meal than a dessert.
Peanut butter isn't always the bad guy, though. Check out the 24 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Peanut Butter for more.
Top Ramen Hot & Spicy Beef
One package of these ramen noodles has more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium. For perspective, you should refrain from eating more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, and after eating this meal you'll be left with just 800 milligrams to spare for the rest of the day.
Quaker Overnight Oats Raisin Walnut & Honey
We love overnight oats, but not when they contain 10 grams of added sugars. The second ingredient listed in these oats is sugar. Instead, make your own overnights at home with cinnamon and diced strawberries and blueberries for a natural source of sweetness without the sugar crash.
Marie Callender's North Carolina Style Chicken & Grits Bowl
While full of satiating protein, this bowl is also filled to the brim with sodium: 1,200 milligrams to be exact. We love a good bowl of grits, but we'll stick to a homemade bowl of them to cut back on the sodium.
Noosa Mates Salted Caramel Chocolate
With 30 grams of sugar and 6 grams of saturated fat in a yogurt, these numbers make it more of a dessert than a healthy breakfast item. Like all of the meals and snacks on this list, it's OK to have indulgent items every once and a while, but it wouldn't be ideal to eat these daily.
Campbell's Well Yes! Sipping Soup,Tomato & Sweet Basil
Campbell's Well Yes! tomato soup packs more than 600 milligrams of sodium into just 150 calories. This sipping soup will have you sipping for water by the end of it. You're better off making a homemade version.
Reese's Ice Cream Cake
Reese's debuted this peanut butter and chocolate ice cream cake in 2019, but it can still be found at Walmart in 2020. Before you dig your fork right in, you might want to think about the high saturated fat and sugar contents. While the sugar content of this ice cream treat is nearly the same as that of two Reese's Cups, the saturated fat content in the cups is much less at just 4.5 grams. Honestly, it would be better to eat the candy instead.
When you're dining out or ordering in, you aren't in control of what ingredients are being used for the meals you end up eating. So if you want to make healthier choices, it's helpful to know which meals you should absolutely skip. Here, we've rounded up what are by far the most unhealthy foods you'll find at popular chains.
Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple Cheeseburger
Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple Cheeseburger really is big and made quite the splash this year. The burger is made up of three of Wendy's square beef patties that are covered in warm beer cheese sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, smoky honey mustard, crispy fried onions, pickles, and a slice of muenster cheese, all on a soft pretzel bun. It has the most amount of calories out of all the burgers on the Wendy’s menu. And those 4 grams of trans fat? Big yikes, as the 2015-2020 American Dietary Guidelines say it's best to limit trans fats consumption to as low as possible.
Dairy Queen Royal Rocky Road Trip Blizzard Treat
This frozen treat from Dairy Queen sounds inviting, but it's one you will surely want to never order. Take a spoonful of The Royal Rocky Road Trip Blizzard and you’re indulging in brownie pieces, peanuts, and cocoa fudge that are blended with vanilla soft serve and filled with marshmallow. If you think it's going to be a sugar overload, you're right. A large order has more sugar than 15 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts…
IHOP Milk 'n' Cookies Pancakes
This pancake order from IHOP looks more like dessert! Four buttermilk pancakes are filled with Oreo Cookie pieces and are layered with a milk mousse, then topped with more mousse, vanilla sauce drizzle, more cookie pieces, powdered sugar, and sprinkles. It’s (not surprisingly) high in sugar, but also quite high in sodium, too. No thanks!
Panera Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese
While this dish may be delicious, as it combines Panera’s signature broccoli cheddar soup and the beloved macaroni and cheese, it makes for a meal that is far too high in sodium. If you get it served in a bread bowl, you’re looking at more than half of a day’s worth of carbs.
Arby's Market Fresh Cranberry and Fried Turkey Sandwich
This sandwich might bring on all the Thanksgiving vibes, but a deep fried turkey breast automatically takes a healthy protein and makes it, well, unhealthy for you. Then add in the fact that it’s topped with Swiss cheese, pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo with a cranberry spread, all on honey wheat bread. You can see why this decadent new Arby’s sandwich is one you’re better off not ordering.
Wendy's Breakfast Baconator Combo
Wendy’s unveiled its breakfast menu in 2020 and while these tasty delights sound like the ideal way to start your morning, you might want to think twice. The Breakfast Baconator Combo meal, for example, will just have you eating a fat and sodium filled breakfast! While a bacon and cheese topped sausage sandwich alongside seasoned potatoes might get your mouth watering, your waistline will not be happy.
Hardee’s Monster Angus Thickburger
In addition to two beef patties, this Hardee's burger also stacks four strips of bacon, three slices of American cheese, and mayo. Dare we say this meal is a heart attack on a bun?
Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Caramelicious Cheesecake Made With Snickers
If you're heading to The Cheesecake Factory, then you already know the menu options are often very high calorie. And that goes for the desserts too! The Chocolate Caramelicious Cheesecake is made up of the original cheesecake that is swirled with Snickers on a brownie crust with chocolate, caramel, and peanuts. The fact that one slice has more than 1,400 calories? That’s enough to just say no.
Cracker Barrel Chicken Pot Pie
The chicken pot pie is one the quintessential comfort foods, and this one featuring a new recipe from Cracker Barrel brings the flavor. The problem is that it’s not so friendly for your waistline. You’re better off making your own version of this dish at home!
Chick-fil-A Peppermint Chip Milkshake
Chick-fil-A added this festive peppermint-flavored milkshake to its seasonal menu in 2020 that features actual chips of peppermint bark. But the fact that it’s packing more than 900 calories and more sugar than you would get from 28 Oreo cookies? Nothing cheerful there.
Domino's Cheeseburger Pizza
Love cheeseburgers and pizza? Domino’s went ahead and combined them for you. That’s right, this pizza is made with ground beef and topped with a ketchup-mustard burger sauce, provolone and cheddar cheeses, bacon, tomatoes, and onions. Now, we don’t expect anyone to eat an entire large pie all by themselves, but in the chance you want to take on this challenge, we’re advising you not to!
Olive Garden Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo with Grilled Chicken
This new pasta dish from Olive Garden features Asiago cheese-filled tortelloni that is baked in Alfredo with a blend of Italian cheeses and toasted breadcrumbs, and is topped with sliced grilled chicken. It’s simply high in everything and it’s hard to find something redeeming about this dish.
Little Caesars Extramostbestest Italian Sausage Pizza
The Extramostbestest pizzas do have a fun name, we’ll admit that. But this large round pie from Little Caesars that is topped with a mozzarella and Muenster cheese blend and savory Italian Sausage isn’t one you should be running to order. The amount of sodium and trans fat in this entire pie is downright scary.
TGI Fridays Loaded Cheese Fry Burger
TGI Fridays really wanted to create a memorable burger with this one. It’s topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onions, loaded bacon-cheese fries, and poblano queso. Oh, and it’s skewered with a loaded potato skin, too. No wonder it has more than a day and half’s worth of sodium!
Taco Bell Grilled Cheese Burrito
This Taco Bell burrito lives up to its name. One bite and you’re feasting on a burrito that is stuffed with nacho cheese sauce and shredded cheeses. It’s more than 700 calories and again, this is just for one burrito. You know if you’re at Taco Bell, you’re most likely ordering a few menu items.
Quiznos Cubano Sandwich
This was a limited-time menu item in 2020, but Quiznos take on the classic sandwich featured a half-pound of oven-roasted turkey and ham, melted Swiss cheese, pickles, and yellow mustard on toasted and pressed, Cuban-style white bread.
McDonald's Blue Raspberry Minute Maid Slushie
We know—the calories here aren’t as high as some of the other options on this list. But the amount of sugar this one drink serves up is shocking, so we had to include it. McDonald’s entered the slushie territory and a large size of the blue raspberry flavor knocks you back 90 grams of the sweet stuff. That’s as much as you would get if you ate three and a half Hershey’s chocolate bars…
P.F. Chang's Great Wall of Chocolate
One slice of this legendary dessert from P.F. Chang's—which is made up of six layers of frosted chocolate cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips—and you're in for 190 grams of sugar. Keep in mind that's more sugar than you'll get in an entire pint of Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream…
Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad Wrap
You would think ordering one of Applebee’s most beloved salads in a wrap form wouldn’t be so bad. But in actuality, this meal is one of the most unhealthy options on the entire Applebee's menu. It may be a staple on the menu, but it’s one option you should always skip.
Wienerschnitzel Thousand Island Chili Cheese Fries
Wienerschnitzel took the chili cheese fries up a notch by adding Thousand Island dressing. Not only is this side dish more than 1,500 calories, but the sodium is truly astronomical.
Denny's The Grand Slamwich
This new take on Denny’s classic Grand Slam takes scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, and cheese and stacks it between potato bread that is grilled with a maple spice spread. It makes for a fat and sodium-filled breakfast!
Papa John’s Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia
These new flatbread-style sandwiches from Papa John’s seem harmless compared to a pizza. But one Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia proves otherwise.
Olive Garden Tour of Italy
This pasta dish is made up of three Olive Garden classics all on one plate—Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna Classico, and Fettuccine Alfredo. While this might seem like the ideal choice for someone who is rather indecisive and wants to try a little bit of everything, it’s just not worth the amount of calories, fat, and sodium. This one meal has nearly a day and a half's worth of sodium!
Dairy Queen Frozen Hot Chocolate
This frozen treat from DQ is packing more than 1,000 and has more sugar than 12 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts. That’s reason enough to stay away from ordering one of these, no matter how tempting it may seem.
Cracker Barrel Southern Fried Chicken
Fried chicken is a Southern staple, but this meal from Cracker Barrel proves how it can be a dangerous dish. It has more than two days’ worth of sodium! And keep in mind, this isn’t including any side dishes or biscuits the meal comes with.
Red Lobster Admiral Feast
If you order this dish at Red Lobster, you're in for a plate of deep-fried shrimp, bay scallops, clam strips, and flounder. When in doubt, grilled is always a better option, as 5,000 milligrams of sodium is more than two times the daily recommended maximum intake.
TGI Fridays Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Anytime there is trans fat in a meal, you want to be wary, but this pasta dish also contains high amounts of fat, saturated fat, and sodium. This might just be one of the scariest chicken parm pasta dishes ever!
Chili's Crispy Honey Chipotle & Waffles
The amount of sodium in this dish is enough to make you stay far away, along with the trans fat. But what's more surprising is the extremely high sugar count, at 128 grams. And this is at dinner!
BJ's Brewhouse: Pizookie Trio (Salted Caramel, Money Bread, and Cookies 'n' Cream)
Sure, this dessert trio is a great way to try a few of BJ's Brewhouse's famous sweet treats and the sizes are even considered "mini." But all together, if you happen to choose the Salted Caramel, Monkey Bread, and Cookies 'n' Cream flavors, they add up to 204 grams of sugar. That’s the same amount found in four cans of Crush Pineapple soda.
Cheesecake Factory Pasta Napoletana
Between the four different kinds of meats, the rich tomato sauce, and parmesan cream pasta, this dish is packed with calories upon calories, fat, and, sodium. A staggering 5,150 milligrams of sodium, to be exact! It's said to be the worst dish to order from The Cheesecake Factory for your health and that didn't change in 2020!
UNO Pizzeria & Grill Buffalo Mac & Cheese
Smothering Buffalo chicken all over some mac and cheese sounds like the ultimate comfort food. This dish from UNO, though, is simply not worth all those calories, fat, carbs, and sodium!
Taco Bell Toasted Cheddar Chalupa
With 33 grams of fat and half a gram of trans fat, you're going to want to avoid ordering one of these during your next Taco Bell trip. And while the star of this meal is the cheddar cheese, you're much better off eating some real cheese by itself rather than the smothered kind in this grease trap.
Jimmy John's J.J. Gargantuan
Everything about this massive Jimmy John’s sandwich is scary. It is made up of layers of salami, capicola, turkey, roast beef, ham, and provolone. In case you were wondering, yes, that is far too many processed meats and cheeses. If you're ordering a sandwich this big, be sure to share this with many friends.
Burger King Double Steakhouse King
This burger made its way back on the Burger King menu in 2020 at certain locations. And while it's a fan favorite, it's one high-calorie burger! It features two flame-grilled beef patties that are topped with slices of American cheese, crispy onions, mayo, and a steakhouse sauce.
Sonic Oreo Peanut Butter Shake
This shake is truly over the top. For the average person, it contains half of your daily sodium allowance, enough calories for the whole day, and two days’ worth of fat. All for a milkshake!
Applebee's Loaded Sirloin Steak Fajitas
A sizzling plate of fajita vegetables and steak might sound like a hearty dinner, but this dish doesn't stop there. Of course, you're served some flour tortillas but there is rice, sour cream, guacamole, queso dip, more shredded cheese, and bacon. There is simply too much going on here, and the result in a meal with more than 5,000 milligrams of sodium.
Checker's/Rally's Bacon BBQ Mother Cruncher Chicken Sandwich
This new chicken sandwich quietly made its way to Checker's and Rally's locations in 2020. Crunchy all-white chicken is coated in a sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, crispy onion tanglers, lettuce, melted American cheese, and two slices of crispy bacon, all served on a toasted bun. This might have your mouth watering, but with more than 1,000 calories and more sodium than a person should eat in an entire day, this one gets a big skip.
Smashburger Gingerbread Holiday Shake
This sweet treat from Smashburger made its way onto menus at the end of 2020 to get you in the holiday spirit. It's mixed with real Häagen-Dazs ice cream and gingerbread cookie crumbles, so you know it's yummy. But it's more than 800 calories and has as much sugar as you would get from five Dunkin Chocolate Frosted Donuts.
Cheesecake Factory Nachos with Spicy Chicken
This dish is meant to serve two to four people, but something like nachos is an easy meal to just eat all by yourself, too. Even if a few people share these nachos, coming in at nearly 3,000 calories, more than 200 grams of fat, and 6 grams of trans fat, this isn't something you want to be eating along with a main course and possibly a dessert.
Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion
Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad
This is a prime example of how not every salad is healthy for you—104 grams of fat is just astronomical in a single salad. And the sugar is absolutely outrageous.
Denny's Cinnamon Roll Pancake Breakfast
If you're indulging in pancakes that have more than 1,600 milligrams of sodium and 127 grams of sugar, we hope you're sharing with a lot of friends and you're only taking a few bites. If that's not the case, it's best to skip this highly sweetened breakfast.
Cheesecake Factory Burrito Grande
This burrito lives up to its name, as it's, well, very large. Coming in at more than 4,200 milligrams of sodium and 160 grams of carbs, it's far too much food for one person to eat at one time. Plus, the sodium is almost double the maximum amount you should eat in one day.
Steak 'n Shake 7×7 Steakburger
At Steak 'n Shake, the 7×7 Steakburger stacks seven patties that alternate with seven slices of American cheese in between bun slices. How do you even eat this?!
Besides the perplexity of taking on such a huge burger, it's important to note that the amount of calories it contains are alarming. Along with the amount of fat and trans fat, as they too are both astronomically high.
Krispy Kreme Dark Chocolate Oreo Kreme Donut
Yes, a donut is a sweet treat, but with 27 grams of sugar, it's best to pass on this one.
Perkins Chicken Strips Melt
This is one hefty, fatty, and salty sandwich from Perkins. It’s stuffed with crispy chicken strips, Applewood smoked bacon and melted pepper Jack cheese with ranch dressing, served on grilled sourdough bread.
Chili's Bacon Ranch Steak Quesadillas
If you end up ordering this while dining at Chili's, be sure to split with a ton of friends, as the calorie, fat, and saturated fat counts are simply way too high for one person to be eating at one meal. And don't even get us started on how much of a sodium trap this dish is, too.
Carrabba's Fettuccine Weesie With Whole Grain Spaghetti
You might see the whole-grain spaghetti, shrimp, and mushrooms and think this dish is a healthy option, but think again. The creamy sauce is the sneaky culprit here, and this meal packs in more than 3,500 milligrams of sodium, which is more than the daily recommended amount for the whole day.
Chili's TX Cheese Fries with Chili, Full Order
French fries are obviously a salty side dish everyone loves to treat themselves to every once and a while, but these chili cheese fries take that concept a bit too far. There is more than a day's worth of calories in these fries alone.
Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Truffle Cake
The Cheesecake Factory is known for its decadent cheesecakes, but this one truly takes the cake for being one of the worst culprits. More than 1,700 calories and 143 grams of sugar are hiding in this one slice. And to stay more in the know about which foods to always avoid in the future, check out The 50 Unhealthiest Guilty Pleasure Foods on the Planet.