The Unhealthiest Fast Food Breakfasts Slideshow
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The Unhealthiest Fast Food Breakfasts Slideshow

If you’re even a little concerned about your health, avoid these items like the plague
The Unhealthiest Fast Food Breakfasts Slideshow
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The Unhealthiest Fast Food Breakfasts Slideshow

The Unhealthiest Fast Food Breakfasts Slideshow
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It wasn’t too long ago that fast-food restaurants decided to cash in on breakfast. With Americans getting busier and more impatient by the minute, the demand for before-noon fast food was an untapped goldmine.

There’s no arguing that it’s not convenient. You’re on your way to work, coffee in hand at a brisk powerwalk, and suddenly your stomach growls. You, like most Americans, aren’t uber-prepared with yogurt and fresh fruit waiting in your office fridge. But you do pass by a fast food joint or two on your way to the office.

You can stop in and in a few short minutes, you’re only a couple dollars down and have a filling, tasty breakfast in your hands.

But to no one’s surprise, the breakfast menus got ugly fast. Health standards got thrown to the wayside in favor of promises of bigger, better, and more indulgent options than those offered by other fast food competitors.

 

Items labeled “mega,” “supreme,” “loaded,” and “ultimate” are guaranteed calorie bombs. But sometimes, it’s not so simple to tell. We’ve sniffed out the worst of the worst so that you aren’t fooled by their hefty promises and misleading advertising.

It’s time you find out which menu items will annihilate your arteries — before it’s too late.

Au Bon Pain: 2 Eggs, Sausage, and Cheddar on Asiago Bagel

Au Bon Pain: 2 Eggs, Sausage, and Cheddar on Asiago Bagel
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They put more cheese on a cheese bagel. Add on the fat-soaked sausage and two eggs and you’ve got a meal that puts your blood pressure to the test. With the grease dripping down your chin, you’ll be able to tell immediately that this wasn’t the healthy order you expected from this green-branded chain.

Calories: 690
Total Fat: 36 g
Saturated Fat: 16 g
Carbohydrates: 52 g
Sugar: 5 g
Protein: 39 g

Burger King: BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter

Burger King: BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter
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This order is honestly three breakfasts in one. The platter they serve this on must be giant to fit it all: The platter comes with hash browns, eggs, sausage, a biscuit, and three pancakes. Add the butter on the biscuit and a drizzle of syrup on your stack and you’re in for hundreds more calories than you bargained for.

Calories: 1190
Total Fat: 66 g
Saturated Fat: 15 g
Carbohydrates: 45 g
Sugar: 7 g
Protein: 27 g

Burger King: EGG-NORMOUS Burrito

Burger King: EGG-NORMOUS Burrito
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Judging by the name, are you surprised? This burrito is, well, enormous. Maybe it’s the queso that kills this one. Or maybe it’s the bacon. The sausage? Likely, it’s all three. Together with the eggs and tortilla wrap, they tally up to quite the calorie count.

What’s even more enormous after this order is the regret.

Calories: 910
Total Fat: 55 g
Saturated Fat: 16 g
Carbohydrates: 73 g
Sugar: 8 g
Protein: 33 g

Carl’s Jr.: Double Breakfast Burger

Carl’s Jr.: Double Breakfast Burger
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A burger for breakfast?! Yes, they went there. No one’s surprised that this item isn’t the best for your health. They top this fatty patty with hash browns, egg, and bacon. (Here’s a friendly reminder that there is such thing as too much protein. Did you know excess protein is stored as fat?)

How much saturated fat can you fit between two buns? We now have our answer.

Calories: 1080
Total Fat: 64 g
Saturated Fat: 26 g
Carbohydrates: 68 g
Sugar: 13 g
Protein: 59 g

Chick-fil-A: Sausage Platter

Chick-fil-A: Sausage Platter
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One biscuit. One thin sausage patty. Eggs, scrambled. Gravy.

Honestly, we can’t tell which of these items is dropping this calorie bomb. With those wild numbers, it’s probable that none of those items is made in a particularly healthy way.

Calories: 940
Total Fat: 62 g
Saturated Fat: 17 g
Carbohydrates: 60 g
Sugar: 5 g
Protein: 38 g

Dairy Queen: Country Platter With Bacon

Dairy Queen: Country Platter With Bacon
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Two eggs, bacon, and a biscuit should not add up to such a crazy calorie count. Where did they even fit all those extra fats? We aren’t sure, but we are sure that we’re skipping this one.

Calories: 1150
Total Fat: 73 g
Saturated Fat: 24 g
Carbohydrates: 55 g
Sugar: 2 g
Protein: 39 g

Dairy Queen: Ultimate Hashbrown Platter — Bacon

Dairy Queen: Ultimate Hashbrown Platter — Bacon
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This one’s crazy nutrition fail probably has something to do with the fact that just one order comes with two orders of hash browns. Because more fried potatoes was exactly what your body needed.

Calories: 1030
Total Fat: 77 g
Saturated Fat: 25 g
Carbohydrates: 43 g
Sugar: 3 g
Protein: 43 g

Dunkin’ Donuts: Large Tropical Mango Smoothie

Dunkin’ Donuts: Large Tropical Mango Smoothie
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Yeah, you read that right: Even a smoothie is crazy unhealthy at this nationwide chain. You’re honestly better off with the doughnut. Why? Just look at the sugar! One smoothie has more than four times the recommended daily allowance of sugar for your whole day.

Calories: 590
Total Fat: 4.5 g
Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
Carbohydrates: 131 g
Sugar: 119 g
Protein: 9 g

Dunkin’ Donuts: Sausage, Egg, and Cheese on a Croissant

Dunkin’ Donuts: Sausage, Egg, and Cheese on a Croissant
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Even Dunkin’ knows this one’s bad. On their page for the menu item, they recommend some healthier swaps to keep you free of the high calorie count and excess fat content. The extra-buttery croissant flavor doesn’t come without, well… extra butter. The sandwich contains 50 grams of fat total. That’s equivalent to more than half a stick of butter between your greasy fingers.

Calories: 700
Total Fat: 50 g
Saturated Fat: 20 g
Carbohydrates: 41 g
Sugar: 5 g
Protein: 23 g

Jack in the Box: Steak and Egg Burrito

Jack in the Box: Steak and Egg Burrito
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What’s loaded inside of this order? Eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, and American cheese. Yes, they used three different types of fatty meat. And yes, the caloric consequences are enormous.

Calories: 707
Total Fat: 47 g
Saturated Fat: 16 g
Carbohydrates: 36 g
Sugar: 4 g
Protein: 36 g

McDonald’s: Big Breakfast With Hotcakes

McDonald’s: Big Breakfast With Hotcakes
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Let’s be real — if you’re ordering this, you know what you’re getting into. This platter breakfast has a buttery biscuit, greasy sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and McDonald’s “hotcakes,” which are essentially just super-fried pancakes. It comes served with extra butter (just in case all the frying and grease wasn’t enough) and a packet of maple syrup.

In just one order, you’re getting 100 percent of your recommended fat intake for the entire day and more than half of your carbs.

Calories: 1350
Total Fat: 65 g
Saturated Fat: 25 g
Carbohydrates: 155 g
Sugar: 48 g
Protein: 35 g

Panera Bread: Cinnamon Crunch Bagel With Plain Cream Cheese

Panera Bread: Cinnamon Crunch Bagel With Plain Cream Cheese
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Panera is usually pretty good about keeping their health standards in check, but this breakfast item should really be on the dessert menu. Eighty-three grams of carbs?! That’s a half a loaf of bread, compressed into one sugary bagel.

Calories: 530
Total Fat: 17 g
Saturated Fat: 10.5 g
Carbohydrates: 83 g
Sugar: 33 g
Protein: 12 g

Sonic: Cinnabon Cinnasnacks With Cream Cheese Frosting

Sonic: Cinnabon Cinnasnacks With Cream Cheese Frosting
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These aren’t even dessert in disguise — they’re just dessert. We aren’t sure why this is on a “breakfast menu,” because eating these for breakfast is less healthy than just going for a bowl of ice cream. They have more than twice the recommended daily allowance of sugar and more calories than two slices of chocolate cake.

Calories: 870
Total Fat: 42 g
Saturated Fat: 16 g
Carbohydrates: 110 g
Sugar: 63 g
Protein: 11 g

Sonic: Ultimate Meat and Cheese Breakfast Burrito

Sonic: Ultimate Meat and Cheese Breakfast Burrito
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How many grams of fat can you fit in one burrito? Sonic seems to have put this to the test — 60 grams of fat (equivalent to over a third of a cup of straight-up, undiluted lard) are hiding inside this tortilla.

Calories: 860
Total Fat: 60 g
Saturated Fat: 19 g
Carbohydrates: 48 g
Sugar: 2 g
Protein: 29 g

Taco Bell: Breakfast Crunch Wrap, Sausage

Taco Bell: Breakfast Crunch Wrap, Sausage
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It’s not even the crazy-high calorie number that makes this breakfast so frightening. It’s the sodium — just one serving has over 1,200 milligrams. The California version of the Crunch Wrap has over 1,400 milligrams. That’s well over half the recommended daily allowance. Add in the heaps of fat and you’re setting yourself up for some serious heart problems.

Calories: 700
Total Fat: 46 g
Saturated Fat: 14 g
Carbohydrates: 51 g
Sugar: 3 g
Protein: 21 g