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The Fast-Food Chicken Sandwich You Should Never Order

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While burgers and fries tend to be the true fast-food stars, the chicken sandwich is a sometimes overlooked, yet equally as delicious menu option. Sometimes you just don't want a burger when that fast-food craving hits! And while you may think going for a chicken sandwich is overall a healthier choice, that isn't always the case. The worst fast-food chicken sandwich proves that!

So to help you make the most informed choice next time the drive-thru comes calling, we're letting you in on exactly what you shouldn't order, as it's just bad news. (Along with any of the 101 Unhealthiest Fast Foods on the Planet!)

And the worst fast-food chicken sandwich is…

Popeye's Chicken Sandwich

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Courtesy of Popeyes
699 calories, 42 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 1,443 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7.5 g sugar), 28 g protein

Popeyes' chicken sandwich does taste great—it is made up of a chicken breast fillet that is marinated in a blend of Louisiana seasonings, then hand-battered and breaded in a buttermilk coating. It's served with crisp barrel cured pickles and mayonnaise, all on a toasted buttery brioche bun. There's a chance your mouth is watering at that description! But sadly, it's the worst fast-food fried chicken sandwich option out there.

The "hand-battered and breaded" description is just another way of saying fried, and it's no secret that deep-fried foods can lead to weight gain over time. Take a closer look at the nutrition breakdown of this sandwich, and you'll see that it is very high in fat, coming in a whopping 42 grams. It also contains the harmful, artery-clogging trans fats, which raise artery-clogging LDL or "bad" cholesterol and lower your HDL or "good" cholesterol. This can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. (Looking for more helpful tips? Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!)

Then you take a look at the amount of sodium in this sandwich and you see that it's packing more than 1,400 milligrams. The American Heart Association recommends most adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day, with hopes of moving to an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 milligrams per day. This one sandwich—without factoring in and side dishes—is already alarmingly high in sodium. In fact, it has more sodium than if you ate 125 Lay's potato chips. Big yikes.

So when your chicken sandwich craving comes calling, maybe choose a grilled option over a fried one, and skip this option from Popeye's.