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08 July, 2011

Which Fast Foods Have the Highest Fat Content?

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Many fast foods are high in total fat, cholesterol, sugars and calories. That is why it is best to consume these foods infrequently or choose healthier options at your favorite fast-food establishment. Fried foods and fatty meats, such as sausage patties, as well as many salad dressings are particularly high in fat.


The meats used in fast-food restaurants are usually not lean or extra-lean. On top of that, many fast-food establishments use cooking methods that increase the fat content, such as pan- or deep-frying. Add to those fatty toppings, such as bacon and cheese, and the fat content increases. According to the Fast Food Facts website, the highest-fat fast-food hamburger is the Hardee’s 2/3-lb. Bacon Cheese Thickburger, which provides 1,340 calories, 96 g fat and 40 g saturated fat. The Carl's Jr. Six Dollar Guacamole Bacon Burger provides 1,117 calories, 81 g fat and 29 g saturated fat. Hardee’s 1/2-lb. Grilled Sourdough Thickburger and 1/2-lb. Six Dollar Burger each provide about 1,100 calories, 73 g fat and 30 g saturated fat. Burger King's Double Whopper with Cheese is no fat bargain, either, providing 1,060 calories, 69 g total fat and 27 g saturated fat.


Sandwiches can be very high in fat as well. According to the Fast Food Explorer website, Arby's 961-calorie Sausage Gravy Biscuit sandwich provides 68 g total fat and 14 g saturated fat. While Subway offers many healthy sandwich options that provide 6 g fat or less, many of its other sandwiches are quite high in fat, particularly those made with a variety of meats and cheeses. For example, Subway's Double Meat Italian BMT foot-long sandwich provides more than 1,200 calories, 70 g fat and 28 g saturated fat. Subway's Chipotle Steak and Cheese Breakfast foot-long sandwich provides 1,200 calories, 64 g fat and 22 g saturated fat. You may think that a tuna sandwich is a low-fat, heart-healthy option. However, Subway's foot-long tuna sandwich contains mayonnaise mixed in with the tuna, which increases the caloric and fat values. One sandwich offers 1,060 calories, 62 g fat and 14 g saturated fat.

Milkshakes and Desserts

Fast-food milkshakes make sucking fat through a straw seem pleasurable—and much too easy. The fast-food shake that contains the most fat, according to Fast Food Explorer website, is Sonics' 20-fluid oz. Peanut Butter shake. This filling beverage provides more than 1,100 calories, 63 g fat and 22 g saturated fat. Jack-in-the-Box milkshakes are next in line in terms of fat content. Its 24-fluid oz. Chocolate Ice Cream, Egg Nog, Vanilla Ice Cream and Strawberry Ice Cream shakes each provide 1,000 to 1,200 calories, 57 g fat and 39 g saturated fat; more saturated fat than most bacon cheeseburgers. As far as traditional desserts are concerned, Dairy Queen's large Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard is the highest in fat, providing 52 g total fat and 27 g saturated fat as well as more than 1,300 calories.