15 Fast Food Entrées with the Least Cholesterol

Eating fast food doesn’t have to mean trouble for your arteries

15 Fast Food Entrees with the Least Cholesterol

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By looking up the menu online beforehand, it’s possible to stay on track. You can easily avoid a slip-up and keep your cholesterol in check by familiarizing yourself with the fast food items that contain the least amount of it. We looked at popular entrees (as opposed to sides, like fries, or dessert options) at five favorite fast food chains. Here are the results.

Burger King Chicken Apple Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad

Chicken Salad
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This salad combines lettuce, crispy chicken, dried cranberries, apples, and blue cheese, all topped with apple cider dressing. With just 35 mg of cholesterol, it is a great light lunch option.

Burger King Fiery Chicken Fries

Chicken Fries
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Made with white meat chicken, these “fries” are coated in crispy breading seasoned with spices and herbs. A nine-piece order contains just 35 mg of cholesterol. Their shape makes them perfect for dipping, but be careful not to overindulge in their sodium-laden sauces.

Burger King Whopper Jr.

Whopper
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The classic Whopper Jr. features a beef patty topped with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, and white onions on a sesame seed bun. With cheese, the burger contains 40 mg of cholesterol, but without it contains just 25 mg.

KFC Famous Bowl

Famous Bowl

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The famous bowl contains mashed potatoes, sweet corn, drizzles of gravy, and bite-sized pieces of crispy chicken. It contains 50 mg of cholesterol, and can also be enjoyed in a snack size containing 25 mg of cholesterol.

KFC Extra Crispy Tender

Crispy Tenders

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One chicken tender contains just 30 mg of cholesterol. If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol intake, stick to two tenders and pair them with a side of cholesterol-free potato wedges.

KFC Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

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A simple way to avoid cholesterol at fast food chains is by going vegetarian! KFC macaroni and cheese is a low-cholesterol option, weighing in at just 10 mg. It’s still a carb-heavy choice, so be sure to remember portion control.

McDonald’s Barbecue Ranch Burger

BBQ Ranch Burger
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If you’re worried about your cholesterol, it’s best, with rare exceptions, to steer clear of red meat. For the occasional splurge, the Barbecue Ranch Burger isn't all that bad. The burger, which is topped with white cheddar, barbecue ranch sauce, and tortilla strips, contains 45 mg of cholesterol.

McDonald’s McChicken

McChicken
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The McChicken consists of a crispy chicken patty, topped with mayonnaise and lettuce on a toasted bun. The sandwich contains 40 mg of cholesterol. If you're looking to lower your cholesterol intake, substitute mustard or ketchup for the mayonnaise.

McDonald’s Southern Style Chicken Biscuit

Southern Style Chicken Biscuit

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In this fast food version of a Southern classic, crispy white meat chicken breast is served inside a warm buttermilk biscuit. With just 35 mg of cholesterol, it’s a great option for those monitoring their LDL.

Taco Bell Steak Burrito Supreme

Taco Bell Steak Burrito Supreme
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Taco Bell’s Steak Burrito Supreme features seasoned steak, refried beans, red sauce, lettuce, Cheddar, diced tomatoes, and reduced-fat sour cream. Weighing in at only 40 mg of cholesterol, it earns a spot on our list.

Taco Bell Veggie Cantina Power Bowl

Cantina Power Bowl

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This bowl contains a medley of vegetables, Cheddar, pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, reduced fat sour cream, and an avocado ranch sauce all over black beans and rice. Containing just 20 mg of cholesterol, it can be made into a burrito as well.

Taco Bell Seven-Layer Burrito

Taco Bell Seven-Layer Burrito
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The Seven-Layer Burrito consists of refried beans, rice, guacamole, shredded lettuce, a three-cheese blend, diced tomatoes, and reduced fat sour cream. With just 15 mg of cholesterol, it is one of the best fast food choices for those watching their LDL.

Wendy’s Junior Cheeseburger Deluxe

Wendy’s Junior Cheeseburger Deluxe

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The Junior Cheeseburger Deluxe is topped with cheese, pickles, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. It contains 55 mg of cholesterol. For a healthier option, cut out the cheese. Doing so will eliminate approximately half of the cholesterol.

Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Wrap

Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Wrap
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In this wrap, chicken breast is breaded in a fiery blend of peppers and spices, then topped with lettuce, Cheddar, and ranch sauce. It contains 50 mg of cholesterol. By asking for the sauce on the side, you can cut back on calories and added cholesterol. 

Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich

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The Crispy Chicken sandwich consists of a breaded chicken patty topped with lettuce and mayonnaise. It contains 40 mg of cholesterol, making it a good lunch or dinner choice for anyone watching his or her cholesterol.