When it comes to fast food, burgers seem to get all the bad press. Sure, they tend to be loaded with fat, calories, and cholesterol, but guess what? So are many of the chicken and other seemingly healthy sandwiches fast food joints offer as well. These are the 10 unhealthiest fast food sandwiches in America.
When we’re ordering a fast food sandwich, we tend to think that as long as it’s not a burger it must moderately good for us, especially if it involves grilled chicken. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, a Premium Classic Grilled Chicken Sandwich from McDonald’s only contains 350 calories and 9 grams of fat, but not many of us are content to eat a piece of grilled chicken on a bun with lettuce and tomato. We want to order the ones topped with bacon, melted cheese, and ranch dressing, and in many cases, those sandwiches are just as unhealthy as a burger – if not unhealthier.
Here are a few tips if you’re looking to avoid ordering the unhealthiest sandwiches on a fast food menu (or any menu, for that matter): First, avoid "crispy" or "homestyle" (read: fried) chicken, cooked by a process which alone can add more than 100 calories and around 10 grams of fat to a sandwich. Also, any time you see the word “melt,” that obviously means that loads of melted cheese are involved. And beware of mayo, ranch dressing, and bacon, which can all make a sandwich tip the scales at well over 500 calories.
We found the unhealthiest non-burger sandwiches at 10 leading fast food chains, and many of them contain a lot more calories (and fat, cholesterol, and sodium) than you’d expect. So the next time you’re at your favorite fast food or sandwich joint and want to stay healthy, make sure not to order the sandwiches below.
#10 Chick-Fil-A: Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe
Fat: 27 grams
Cholesterol: 80 milligrams
Sodium: 1,750 milligrams
#9 Subway: 6’ Chicken and Bacon Ranch Melt
Fat: 28 grams
Cholesterol: 95 milligrams
Sodium: 1,050 milligrams