These Fast Food Items are Still Loaded with Trans Fats (Slideshow)
May 22, 2014
Just when you thought it was safe to eat at Popeye’s…
10) Burger King: Whopper
The Whopper, Burger King’s signature sandwich, contains 1.5 grams of trans fats. The more meat the higher the trans fat level, however, so if you decide to make it a Triple Whopper, that’ll set you back a full four grams (not to mention 1,160 calories and 75 grams of fat).
9) Dunkin Donuts: Large Frozen Coffee Coolata with Cream
Even though donuts and biscuits have historically been loaded with trans fats, Dunkin’ Donuts has done a great job of eliminating them from just about every menu item. Because trans fats occuer naturally in milk, though, there’s no way to remove it from their creamy frozen beverages. Their Large Frozen Coffee Coolata with cream (instead of skim milk), for example, contains 1.5 grams of trans fats. And if you’re curious, the only donut they offer with quantifiable trans fats is the chocolate caramel donut.
8) Arby’s: Roast Beef Max
The more beef on a sandwich the higher the trans fat level, and at Arby’s, it’s the Roast Beef Max, which contains two grams of trans fats.
7) McDonald’s: Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese
Every burger has some trans fats, and at McDonald’s their biggest burger, the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, has the most trans fats of any item on their menu, clocking in at 2.5 grams.
6) Wendy’s: Baconator
Should you decide to order the ungodly Triple with Cheese at Wendy’s it contains 4 grams of trans fats, but the more patties you add to a burger the higher the trans fat count. So for Wendy’s we took the Baconator, which is a dish unto itself (as opposed to just a triple; you could also order a quadruple if you wanted), to be their high water mark: it contains 2.5 grams of trans fats.
5) Dairy Queen: Foot-Long Chili Cheese Dog
Believe it or not, the highest trans-fat menu item at Dairy Queen doesn’t involve ice cream, which contains naturally-occuring trans fats (even though just about every ice cream-based menu item contains at least .5 grams of it). It’s the foot-long chili cheese dog, which contains 2.5 grams.
4) Domino’s: Pepperoni Handmade Pan Pizza
Out of all the menu items at Domino’s that can conceivably be eaten by one person in one sitting, the pepperoni handmade pan pizza contains the most trans fats, clocking in at 3 grams.
3) Popeye’s: Cajun Fries and Onion Rings
While just about every fast food chain has removed trans fats from their fryer oil (which helps it stay fresher longer), Popeye’s apparently hasn’t yet; both their Cajun fries and the onion rings contain 3.5 grams.
2) Sonic: Pineapple Upside-Down Blast
The biggest burger at Sonic, the double cheeseburger, contains a whopping 3.5 grams of trans fats, but even those can’t compare to the amount in their Pineapple Upside-Down Blast, which contains 4.5 grams.
1) Cinnabon: Classic Roll
We’ll preface this by saying that many Cinnabon locations have gone trans-fat free (including all California and New York locations), but should you decide to buy a classic Cinnabon at a location that’s still using trans-fats, that roll will contain more than any other fast-food item: 5 grams, two and a half times the recommended daily amount.