February 21st, 2011
Two pieces of bread. That’s the bedrock of every hamburger on the planet. Here’s the caveat: With the power to create comes the power to inflate. In fact, the average cheeseburger has ballooned from 333 to 600 calories in the last 20 years.
Some burgers even top out at 2,000 calories. For this there’s no greater evidence than the greasy bread-boats being served at our most popular burger shops. Sure, there are decent options out there, but more often than not the junk that comes stuffed between the buns is enough to turn Jessica Simpson into Homer Simpson. Like these five burgers listed below. They’re gut bombs in the worst way. Luckily, Eat This, Not That! discovered healthier alternatives for each of them.
Worst Kids’ Meal: California Pizza Kitchen Kids Curly Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Calories : 1,038
Saturated Fat : 38 grams
Sodium : 1,651 mg
This meal delivers as much saturated fat as an adult should consume over the course of 48 hours.
Worst Healthy Sandwich: Blimpie Special Vegetarian (12-inch)
Calories : 1,180
Saturated Fat : 59 grams
Sodium : 3,540 mg
This sandwich gnaws through nearly an entire day’s fat allotment and more than 1 1/2 days of sodium.
Worst Fast-Food Burger: Wendy’s Triple Baconator
Calories : 1,350
Saturated Fat : 90 grams
Sodium : 2,780 mg
It’s fat on top of fat on top of fat, 10 layers in all — a tower of nutritional terror.
Worst Side: Five Guys Large Fries
Calories : 1,464
Saturated Fat : 71 grams
Sodium : 213 mg
You’re better off ordering two “little” sandwiches and skipping the fries
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