Fast Food Nutrition Facts

Specific nutritional facts on fast food dining options, including calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium data for McDonald's, Burger King and more! Plus low-fat tips for your diet on the run!

Did you know that a Burger King Whopper with Cheese value meal has 1440 calories, including 69 grams of fat? And that's before you "king-size" it! Today's fast food options are more plentiful than ever, and with most drive-throughs offering "value meals", they're even easier on the wallet. But what kind of nutritional value are you getting for your money when you grab that burger and fries on the run?

We took a look at several fast food restaurant's offerings from a nutritional standpoint. We were shocked at what we found out about the food we were eating - even some of what seemed relatively healthy! Let's take a look at some of the fast food offerings out there, their nutritional information, and offer up some more health-friendly options!

Hamburgers

Clearly the mainstay of fast food dining, hamburgers are surprisingly low-calorie"¦ but the toppings that make them tasty are, unfortunately, not! You can find healthier options in most restaurants by looking for smaller burgers with less sauce or omitting the mayonnaise and cheese. Look at these examples:

Item Calories / Fat (g)

Hamburgers

Burger King Whopper with Cheese

760/48

Burger King Bacon Double Cheeseburger

620/38

Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger

650/30

Carl's Jr. Super Star 790/46

Jack in the Box Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger

1020/71

Jack in the Box Jumbo Jack 550/30

McDonald's Big Mac 560/31

McDonald's QP w/Cheese 530/30

Wendy's Big Bacon Classic 640/36

Better Options:

Burger King Hamburger 320/15

Jack in the Box Hamburger 250/9

McDonald's Hamburger 260/9

Wendy's Jr. Hamburger 270/9

Other Sandwiches

Arby's Bac'n Cheddar Delx. 539/34

Arby's Giant Roast Beef 555/28

Arby's Italian Sub 675/36

Arby's Philly Beef n Swiss 755/47

Boston Market Turkey Sandwich with Cheese & Sauce

710/28

Boston Market Ham/Turkey Club with cheese & sauce

890/43

Carl's Jr. Sirloin Steak 580/26

Wendys Chicken Caesar Pita 490/18

Better Options

Arby's Melt w/Cheddar 368/18

Arby's Jr. Roast Beef 324/14

Jack in the Box Taco 170/10

Fish or Chicken

Arby's Chicken Cordon Bleu 623/33

Carl's Jr. Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken

720/36

Burger King Big Fish 720/43

Burger King Chicken Sandwich

710/43

Jack in the Box Fish & Chips 780/39

KFC Breast/Drumstick (Orig) 540/33

KFC Triple Crunch Zinger 550/29

McDonald's Crispy Chicken Deluxe

500/25

McDonald's Fish Filet Deluxe 560/28

Wendy's Chicken Club 520/25

Better Options

Arby's Grilled Chicken BBQ 260/13

Arby's Roast Turkey Deluxe 260/7

Carl's Jr. BBQ Chicken 280/3

Carl's Jr. Chicken Stars (6) 280/19

Burger King BK Broiler Chicken Sandwich (No Mayo, plus barbecue sauce) 405/9

Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita Pita

320/10

KFC Honey BBQ Sandwich 310/6

McDonald's Grilled Chicken Deluxe

440/20

McDonald's 6 pc. Chicken McNuggets + BBQ Sauce

335/17

Wendy's Grilled Chicken 290/7

Salads & Potatoes

Arby's Baked Potato with Sour Cream/Marg

578/24

Arby's Deluxe Baked Potato 736/36

Boston Market Chicken Pot Pie 750/34

Boston Market Caesar Salad 520/43

Carl's Jr. Bacon & Cheese Potato 630/29

Wendy's Bacon & Cheese Potato 530/18

Wendy's Chili & Cheese Potato 610/24

Better Options

Carl's Jr. Plain Potato 290/0

Carl's Jr. Charbroiled Chicken Salad with Fat Free Italian Dressing 215/7

Jack in the Box Garden Chicken Salad with Low Cal Italian Dressing 225/10



KFC Mashed Potatoes/Gravy 120/6

McDonald's Grilled Chicken Salad with FF Herbed Vinaigrette 170/2

Cutting Fat & Calories as you go"¦

Some basic ordering tips for reducing your intake of fat and calories when you don't have a nutritional guide handy include:

* Omitting mayonnaise on all sandwiches (including any mayonnaise-based sauce) - try substituting catsup or barbecue sauce instead

* Skip the fries, get a plain salad with lemon juice or fat free dressing instead

* Get the kid-sized hamburger with a salad

* Avoid anything deep-fried; even chicken and fish can become "unhealthy" very quickly when they're fried!

* Get water, a diet soda or unsweetened iced tea instead of a coke or milkshake

* Don't order the value meal even if it's a good deal, and help yourself avoid the temptation to eat "just a few" French fries!

* Carry a nutrition bar in your purse or car to stave off hunger when you're out

* Almost every restaurant has a nutrition guide available - ask for one at the window and highlight the healthiest options when you get home. Store guides in your glove compartment for easy reference next time you're out!

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