Fast-food restaurants have a mesmerizing pull. Their tantalizing smells, colorful interiors, and ingeniously designed foods are difficult to resist, tapping into our most primitive gastronomic desires. Fast-food chains are only happy to fulfill our natural craving for sweet, salty, fatty, and crunchy foods.
But sometimes they go too far, releasing obnoxiously extravagant menu items that no one in good conscience should ever consume in one sitting.
Triple-patty burgers and cheese-draped chicken, bacon, ranch sub sandwiches, often provide more than the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat and sodium, and contain between 800 and 1,000 calories. Indulging in a decadent sandwich a few times a year won’t kill you, but eating one once or twice a week just might. The American Heart Association states, “eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood,” and that high levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood, “increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.” The AHA also warns against consuming too much sodium. They recommend a daily intake of no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt, because too much sodium causes the body to hold onto water, which puts an extra strain on the heart and blood vessels and leads to high blood pressure.
No food should be feared, but the unhealthiest fast-food sandwiches need to be approached with caution. Before you order the double-bacon cheeseburger just consider for a second the potential consequences. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.
Here are the unhealthiest fast-food sandwiches in America.