What Not To Order: 25 Menu Items From Fast Food Places To Stay Away From

Let's sit down and have an honest conversation about fast food, shall we? It's not good for us. Okay, okay, before you storm out in a huff or decide to read another article, just know that we're not saying you should never eat fast food again. We're not here to try and change your mind about how satisfying some McDonald's fries or a Wendy's frosty can be after a hard day. Moderation is the key to a good life, after all. It's just that there are probably more reasons not to eat fast food than there are to have it on a regular basis. Fast food is often loaded with saturated fat, sodium, carbs, cholesterol, and sugar. Even the foods that purport to be healthy are typically not great for you, meaning that fast food should be avoided at all costs.

However, we know you're human and that you will probably eat fast food anyway. You might even do it today or tomorrow. We might do the same thing. who knows? However, if you're going to have fast food, whether it's for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you should probably know the facts going in of what is going to be the worst thing for you to order. Fast food doesn't have to be entirely blacklisted, but there is definitely a way to have it without overloading yourself. You might have a favorite meal at your preferred fast food joint, and that's fine. You might just want to check the nutritional info provided by the restaurant, and if possible, try to avoid ordering any of these 25 foods.

25 Burger King Ultimate Breakfast Platter

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Unless you really want to get all of your carbohydrates for the day in one meal, then you should probably steer clear of the BK ultimate breakfast platter. This thing gives you some protein with sausage and eggs, but the majority of it is just starchy filler that is going to weigh you down instead of fueling you up for the day. Nobody needs to have pancakes, hash browns and a biscuit in one meal. This is the kind of thing that could feed you for an entire day if you just portioned it out properly. Stick to a regular breakfast sandwich over this.

24 Taco Bell XXL Grilled Stuft Beef Burrito

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Oh boy. Taco Bell has introduced some truly over the top meals in the past, but none of them come close to matching the grandiose and ostentatious nature of the XXL grilled stuft beef burrito. This monstrosity comes packed with seasoned beef, three kinds of cheese, seasoned rice and refried beans. On top of all of that is the four-pronged sauce attack that includes reduced-fat sour cream, guacamole, avocado ranch, and fiesta salsa. You have to think that the amount of fat, sodium, and calories in this thing could potentially sustain someone for days, rather than just one lunch that would necessitate a nap.

23 Wendy’s Triple Baconator

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The Baconator is already one of the most preposterously silly fast food sandwiches available from the major chains. When the people at Wendy's created it, they must have been thinking very little about the general public. The sandwich doesn't even have any vegetables on it because, hey, who wants vegetables, right? Even worse than the regular Baconator is the triple Baconator, with three more strips of bacon and another beef patty. that's a lot of saturated fat for one person, but apparently, it's popular enough to stay on the menu, so what do we know?

22 Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

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Who would have ever thought that this ridiculously named, artificially flavored and colored drink was a good idea? The unicorn frappuccino (and other "unicorn foods, for that matter) was a food trend for a while that thankfully faded away once people realized how stupid it was. This drink, aside from tasting terrible, packed a whopping 59 grams of sugar. On top of that, it also provided 50% of your daily recommended intake of saturated fat. It would be better if, like an actual unicorn, this frappuccino never existed.

21 Subway Chicken Bacon Ranch

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Remember when Subway was considered the healthy fast food option? That was a weird time to be alive. Well, Subway is still going strong, although they have dropped the pretense of being a healthy option. That's why they came up with sandwiches like the chicken bacon ranch melt. This sandwich combines bacon, ranch dressing, and cheese with that famously questionable Subway chicken breast. Then the whole thing is usually thrown in the toaster oven as if the idea that it was cooked even the slightest bit lends it some legitimacy.

20 Arby’s Meat Mountain

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Come on, do we even have to talk about why you shouldn't order the meat mountain? Probably not, but we're going to anyway. First of all, nobody needs this much meat in one meal. Second, this is not the best quality meat that you could get. Finally, the nutritional info of this sandwich might make you faint before you even get the chance to order one. Where do we start? Maybe the fact that this absurd sandwich delivers over 150% of your daily sodium and 100% of your recommended daily saturated fat. Need we say more?

19 McDonald’s 40-Piece McNuggets

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Chicken McNuggets are the old dependable standby of the McDonald's menu. when you're not really in the mood for a sandwich, they're always there waiting to be dipped into a variety of sauces. However, things have gone too far recently, with the addition of the 40 piece meal. Yes, you read that correctly. A meal of 40 chicken McNuggets cannot be a good idea for anyone. Sure, the restaurant might claim that it's for sharing, but let's be real here: whoever orders this is not sharing it. Hopefully, those brave souls are at least saving some of the McNuggets to eat throughout the week. Probably not though.

18 Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pizza

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Who doesn't love pizza? That's a rhetorical question. We know that everyone loves pizza, end of story. However, we all know that pizza isn't particularly good for us, but there is one particular pie that is truly egregious in this sense. The meat lovers pizza from Pizza Hut, topped with every kind of meat you might think a pizza place would have on hand, is an absolute disaster in terms of nutrition. Just one slice is bad enough, but no one ever eats one slice of pizza, and there are those nights when only an entire pie will suffice. Do yourself a favor and get a pizza with some veggies on it instead.

17 Dunkin' Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich

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Do we really need to go into detail on why this sandwich is an absolutely terrible idea? Isn't it bad enough to be chowing down on greasy fast food eggs and bacon without them being sandwiched between a glazed donut? Aside from the fact that this sandwich is incredibly unhealthy, it is just a terribly executed idea. The flavors of these two breakfast options definitely do not go together well, and eating one would leave your hands coated in a sugary, greasy glaze that is somehow sticky and slippery at the same time. Gross.

16 KFC Chicken Pot Pie

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When you walk into a KFC, you're probably not in there to order something like a pot pie. Nevertheless, KFC has one, and you would do a lot better to just order something else. This fast food approach to a hearty homemade meal is absolutely packed with fat and sodium. Add to that the fact that no matter how hard the Colonel may try, he's not going to make a pot pie as good as anything someone makes in their own home.

15 Jimmy John’s JJ Gargantuan

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Jimmy John's isn't even trying to be subtle with this one. They could have called it a giant sandwich, but no, they went for the word "gargantuan." Okay, Jimmy John's, calm down. Let's just talk about this sandwich for a minute, shall we? This thing is an absolute devastator in terms of fat, sodium, and carbs. Sure, you're getting 69 grams of protein, but you're also getting so many calories that it would take a two-hour jog to burn all of it off. Let's just say you definitely wouldn't feel like doing that after a meal like this.

14 Popeyes Sweet and Crunchy Tenders

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What could possibly make fried chicken tenders less healthy? How about if they were coated in shortbread cookie dough? Who would be wild enough to do something like that? Apparently, Popeyes was when they introduced this ambitious but entirely ridiculous menu item. There's definitely no reason to try and combine cookie dough and chicken, particularly when the whole thing is also deep fried. We're going to have some of you breathing a sigh of relief (and others breathing a sigh of disappointment) when we tell you that this limited time item from Popeyes is no longer available.

13 Taco Bell Firecracker Burrito

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"So it's a spicy burrito. What's the big deal?" you may be asking. Well, let us tell you that this totally strange burrito from Taco Bell goes far beyond anything the restaurant has done before. This otherwise normal yet spicy burrito comes with a packet of spicy pop rocks. No, we're not kidding. That is the honest truth. If you're the kind of person who has ever eaten something from Taco Bell and thought "I wish this had candy in it," then this might before you. Otherwise, if you're a rational person, stay far, far away from this bonkers menu item.

12 Taco Bell Naked Egg Taco

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As we just mentioned, Taco Bell is known for doing weird things to tacos, and one of the strangest ideas they have had yet has to be the naked egg taco. What is this thing, exactly? Well, if you couldn't tell by the photo above, it is a taco which utilizes a fried egg as the shell. Yep, that's the truth. If you thought for a moment that this thing would give you a reprieve from carbohydrates, you'd be wrong, since the egg is filled with potatoes. You might like to think this could be a healthy option, but it still somehow has more carbs than protein. Swing and a miss, Taco Bell.

11 Tim Horton’s Buffalo Style Latte (and Donut)

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We're not going to get into the nutritional info on this one. We just want to talk about what a monumentally misguided and ridiculous idea this was. sure, people love buffalo wings, but that is a very specific flavor that should not be blended into a drink or made into a donut. Why Tim Horton's thought that people would respond positively to this we can't really be sure. Still, it happened, and there are probably people out there who had this drink, made with all the regular latte ingredients, but also hot sauce. Hard pass, Timmy's. Hard pass.

10 Smashburger Chocolate Oreo Shake With Malt

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There's nothing like enjoying a milkshake with your burger and fries, but we're not kidding ourselves when we order that combo: it definitely is not good for you. This is doubly true if you happen to order the chocolate Oreo shake with malt to go with your meal at Smashburger. While it might be sweet, refreshing, and delicious, it is also adding a total of 892 calories to your meal, which, let's be honest, is already pretty calorically heavy. Is it worth it? Maybe to your taste buds, but your body definitely won't be happy.

9 Panera Bread Mac and Cheese in Bread Bowl

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Is there any reason to have this many carbs in one meal? Come on, who thought it was a good idea to serve pasta in bread bowls? Past is practically just boiled bread, itself! Add a thick cheese sauce on top of all of that, and you're looking at a ridiculous carb and sodium overload for lunch. In fact, you better not eat anything else with salt, because this one meal goes way over your daily recommended sodium intake. Then again, we're probably not changing the minds of any mac and cheese fans.

8 Hardee’s Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit with Egg and Cheese

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This breakfast sandwich has an entire pork chop on it. Is that enough to keep you from ever ordering one? Okay, we'll go a little further. This sandwich is not only testing the boundaries of which pork products can be eaten for breakfast, but it is also delivering far more calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium than you could possibly need first thing in the morning. Do yourself a favor and save the pork chops for dinner. Also, make them yourself so you know exactly what is going into and on top of them.

7 Carl’s Jr. Breakfast Burger

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Is it lunch? Is it breakfast? Why can't it be both? The Carl's Jr. Breakfast Burger defies all categorization. It also defies all logic, since it is actually listed as a breakfast item. Why on Earth anyone needs to eat a burger at 9:00 AM though is totally beyond us. Besides the fact that this burger is a nutritional abomination, it just is trying too hard to be two things. If you need a proper boost to get through your day, we do not recommend this heavy fat, sodium, and calorie-laden burger/breakfast sandwich/whatever.

6 Subway Tuna Sandwich

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We're not going to talk too much about the nutritional value of this sub, which to be fair, isn't actually the worst thing out there. What we are going to discuss is the fact that the tuna mixture from Subway is so unappealing, that it's hard to understand why anyone would order it. After all, tuna salad is something you make for yourself when you run out of other things to eat. The white, dripping, watery mixture being sold at Subway sits in the same display case as everything else, exposed to everything around it. That's not how you want anything related to fish being served to you.

5 McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish

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How is the filet-o-fish still on the McDonald's menu? We know that it was there in the first place so that Catholics who adhered to the "no meat on Friday" rule could still eat at McDonald's. However, there are a decent amount of non-meat options at McDonald's now, so why would they continue to sell this textureless, tasteless, pollock square topped with bland tartar sauce and a totally inexplicable piece of cheese? We may never know, but it doesn't look like the filet-o-fish (which, by the way, is loaded with sodium) is going anywhere.

4 Starbucks Red Velvet Cake Frappuccino

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Starbucks wasn't even trying with this one, were they? Honestly, it's bad enough when the regular frappuccinos are just candy bars in liquid form, but this one doesn't even put on any pretense. It just says "hey, this is liquid cake, go ahead and drink it up!" Aside from the unimaginable sugar content in a drink like this, we have to wonder whether the red coloring is from anything natural or if Starbucks is just utilizing food coloring. Either way, this is a pretty poor alternative to a regular old caramel frappuccino.

3 Taco Bell Double Chalupa

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What even is a chalupa? It's not anything that even comes close to resembling the food of Mexico, which Taco Bell is ostensibly trying to represent. Still, the mysterious filling holder is popular enough that people want more of it. Enter the double chalupa, a boat-like taco stuffed with double the meat, cheese, and veggies as a regular chalupa. The fact that this thing resembles a boat more than it does a food item should be evidence enough that it definitely does not belong in your body.

2 McDonald’s McRib

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We're not going to get into the nutritional value of a McRib, because anyone who actually wants to eat one of these already doesn't care about any of that. We just want to talk about the bizarre nature of this sandwich. We're aware of the fact that it only comes around every so often, making its scarcity its biggest selling point, but come on! This sandwich's main ingredient is a pork patty (no telling which part of the pig that meat came from either) artificially shaped like a rack of ribs. That alone should be enough to convince people to just order an honest cheeseburger.

1 Hardee’s Baby Back rib Topped Burger

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Bacon on a burger? Sure, why not? Ribs on a burger? That just has us asking "why?" We have a sneaking suspicion that whoever thought this burger up at Hardee's headquarters has never been full a day in their life. Otherwise, how could they come up with such a caloric monstrosity? The biggest compliment you can give to this sandwich is that at least it doesn't have cheese. However, it does feature pickles and crispy onions, so don't worry sodium lovers, your blood pressure won't be getting any lower after one of these.

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