Wendy’s menu items are extremely popular. In fact, Wendy’s is one of the most popular food chains in the country, behind McDonald’s and Burger King. Sure, fast food restaurants aren’t known for their healthiest items, but there are some menu items that are absolute diet crashers. Look below for the five unhealthiest Wendy’s menu items to absolutely avoid.
I’ll be honest: As much as I try to avoid fast food, Wendy’s has a special hold on me. I can avoid McDonald’s and Burger King (yuck!), but I’ve always held Wendy’s as a step above in flavor and quality.
However, that doesn’t mean that Wendy’s is any healthier. In fact, you’ll be shocked at how many calories some of their most popular menu items contain. They’re high in calories, contain a ton of saturated fat and sodium, and some of these offenders even have dangerous heart-harming trans fat. (As a side note, Chik-Fil-A doesn’t fare any better. Read more over here.)
Simply put: These Wendy’s menu options might taste delicious at the moment but are seriously unhealthy for you in the long run. You may be wishing you made a better lunch choice the rest of the day.
Without further ado, let’s look at Wendy’s menu items that are the worst offenders:
Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple Cheeseburger (1,520 calories)
Yikes! This one hamburger is close to many people’s daily caloric limit.
What else should we be aware of regarding this triple threat? 106 grams of fat, including 45 grams of saturated fat and 4 grams of trans fat. A whopping 1,910 mg of sodium, and 53 grams of carbs.
This all makes for a burger that has the most amount of calories out of all the burgers on the menu. That is reason enough to stay away from it.
Taco Salad (690 calories)
I know. You see the word “salad,” and you equate it with “healthy.” Maybe it’s “healthy” compared to the pretzel bacon pub cheeseburger, but Wendy’s is counting on your naivete.
For starters, this salad is comparable to the calories of your standard McDonald’s cheeseburger. The taco salad is made of a lettuce blend, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, tortilla chips, and the chain’s hearty chili. If your salad is nearly 700 calories, contains trans fat, and has more sodium than 160 Lay’s Potato chips, just know you shouldn’t eat it.
Breakfast Baconator (730 calories)
Maybe the worst way to start your morning. In fact, just avoid anything with “Baconator” in the title.
It’s made of grilled sausage, American cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, a fresh-cracked egg, more cheese, and more bacon, all covered in swiss cheese sauce. It comes in at 730 calories and has more than 1,700 milligrams of sodium.
Homestyle Avocado BLT Chicken Sandwich (740 Calories)
If you think you’re cutting calories by opting for the chicken sandwich, think again.
While the avocado is known as a healthy fat, keep in mind that the chicken is breaded, and loaded with bacon and cheese. You’re much better off picking a healthy grilled chicken sandwich. Also, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich on the menu has only 330 calories and 16 grams of fat.
Chili Cheese Fries (520 calories)
If you choose this, I hope you’re sharing this with a friend. As a side item, you can do no worse, except maybe the “Baconator Fries” at 500 calories. First of all, this dish contains 1,100 milligrams of sodium, which constitutes already half of your recommended daily sodium intake. Also, at 520 calories, this dish is entirely way too much for one person.
One More Thing
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