11 of the Most Unhealthy Fast Food Items

By: Laura Gooyers & Sascha Bos  | 
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High in calories, loaded with saturated fat and teeming with more sodium than any person should eat. LauriPatterson / Getty Images

It’s no secret that fast foods are among some of the most unhealthy things you can eat, but some choices are better than others and many restaurants are offering low-fat, low-carb options.

But these 11 foods are not those options.


High in calories, loaded with saturated fat and teeming with more sodium than any person should eat, these menu items from popular fast food chains in North America are some of the worst on the market today.

Subway: Footlong Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Calories: 708

Fat: 10.8 g


Saturated Fat: 2.31g

Sodium: 1390 mg

The 6-inch, whole wheat version of this popular Subway sandwich was actually on the restaurant’s “Fresh Fit” menu of subs with 400 calories or less. It’s not the calories we’re concerned about here, though, as the footlong version contains a shocking 1,390 milligrams of sodium.


KFC: Chicken Pot Pie

Calories: 720

Fat: 41g


Saturated Fat: 25 g

Sodium: 1,750 mg

Quite possibly one of the worst menu options on the KFC menu, the chicken pot pie has tons of calories and sodium, but what’s more alarming is the amount of saturated fat.


Arby’s: Turkey, Ranch & Bacon Sandwich

Calories: 810

Fat: 35 g


Saturated Fat: 10 g

Sodium: 2,520 mg

A turkey sandwich sounds healthy enough, right? Wrong. Arby’s Turkey, Ranch & Bacon Sandwich has 810 calories and almost 100 percent of your daily recommended sodium intake. If you want to reduce your sodium intake, you’re actually better off eating the classic Beef ‘n Cheddar sandwich.


Taco Bell: Beef Burrito Supreme

Calories: 390

Fat: 14 g


Saturated Fat: 6 g

Sodium: 1,140 mg

When any menu item has “supreme” in the name, you just know it’s going to be unhealthy. It’s not just the beef version of this Taco Bell burrito that’s bad either; all three varieties on the menu contain over 1,000 milligrams of sodium.


Pizza Hut: Personal Meat Lover’s Pizza

Calories: 740

Fat: 38 g


Saturated Fat: 14 g

Sodium: 1,600 mg

A thin-crust pizza with tomato sauce and cheese isn’t really all that horrible, but with a doughy, thick crust and a staggering 6 types of meat, the personal-size meat lover’s pizza from Pizza Hut contains an artery-clogging 38g of fat and almost 70% of your recommended sodium intake.


Burger King: Oreo Cookie Chocolate Shake

Calories: 710

Fat: 20g


Saturated Fat: 12g

Sodium: 480 mg

Burger King’s Oreo cookie chocolate shake isn’t quite as bad as another Oreo-flavored beverage mentioned later on in this list, but it still has 710 calories and a surprising amount of sodium for a sweet dessert.


Panera Bread: Large Mac and Cheese

Calories: 960

Fat: 64 g


Saturated Fat: 35 g

Sodium: 2,300 mg

This favorite side dish at popular lunch chain Panera Bread has 960 calories and 64 grams of fat in the large size portion. What’s even worse (if you can believe it) is that this dish has over 2,000 milligrams of sodium.


Dunkin’ Donuts: Large Frozen Coffee With Whole Milk and Mocha Swirl

Calories: 870

Fat: 12 g


Saturated Fat: 7 g

Sodium: 190 mg

Millions of people start their day with a morning coffee, and in the summer, maybe a frozen coffee, but you might want to think twice if you’re ordering from Dunkin’ Donuts. The large Frozen Coffee with a Mocha Swirl starts your day with 318% the recommended daily intake of added sugars.


McDonald’s: Large Triple Thick Chocolate Shake

Calories: 1,160

Fat: 26 g


Saturated Fat: 17 g

Sodium: 780 mg

McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate shake is available at Canadian locations and contains even more calories, fat and sodium than the chocolate shakes available in the US restaurants.


Burger King: Triple Whopper Sandwich

Calories: 1,173

Fat: 80 g

Saturated Fat: 27 g

Sodium: 1,300 mg

This mega-burger has a whopping 80 grams of fat (pun absolutely intended) in its 3 quarter-pound beef patties topped with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions and mayonnaise. But wait, there's more! There's also an option to add bacon and cheese.

Sonic: SuperSonic Bacon Double Cheeseburger

Calories: 1,170

Fat: 81 g

Saturated Fat: 23 g

Sodium: 1,940 mg

Taking the place of "most unhealthy burger" on this list is the SuperSonic bacon double cheeseburger. It contains more calories and saturated fat than the Triple Whopper.