Fast Food With Trans Fat

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Fast Food With Trans Fat. One of the most common questions we get asked is “will [product name] ever go back to using trans fat?”, so I wanted to take a few minutes today to talk about this issue in greater detail. The bottom line is that we’ve been working hard for years to eliminate trans fat from our cooking, and now only about 20% of our menu items contain trans fats. We’re currently working on removing them from the rest of our menu too—but it’s not as easy as it might seem.

Fast Food With Trans Fat

Partially hydrogenated oil, also known as trans fat, is one of the few ingredients that almost everyone can agree we should avoid.

A variety of processed foods and snacks previously contained artificial trans fats, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned these fats in the United States in 2018.

However, in 2022, some foods on the market may still contain a small amount of trans fat as a result of the processing methods used.

What’s more, trans fat may still be found in processed foods that were produced and purchased before the ban went into effect.

Here are 7 foods you may have on hand that could contain artificial trans fats in 2022.

A person pours microwavable popcorn from the bag into a clear glass bowl on a kitchen countertop.
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What is trans fat?

Trans fats are a form of unsaturated fat, which can be classified as either natural or artificial.

Natural trans fats are formed by bacteria in the stomachs of cattle, sheep, and goats. Beef, lamb, and dairy products contain naturally occurring trans fats. Other types of meat, such as poultry, fish, and pork, also contain a small amount.

On the other hand, artificial trans fats are mainly formed during hydrogenation, a process in which hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to form a semisolid product known as partially hydrogenated oil.

Studies have linked consumption of trans fats to heart disease, inflammation, higher LDL (bad) cholesterol, and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

While evidence is limited, natural trans fats appear to be less harmful than artificial trans fats.

Though the FDA’s ban of trans fats went into effect on June 18, 2018, products manufactured before this date could still be distributed until January 2020, or in some cases 2021.

Since the ban, many food manufacturers have reformulated their products to use other ingredients, including fully hydrogenated oil.

Unlike partially hydrogenated oil, fully hydrogenated oil does not contain trans fat. Instead, it contains a saturated fatty acid known as stearic acid, which may help reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol compared with other types of saturated fat.

In some cases, fully hydrogenated oil may also be blended with polyunsaturated oil to improve the texture using a process called interesterification.

Though interesterified fats do not contain trans fats, more research is needed to understand the long-term effects these fats may have on health.

SUMMARY

Trans fat is a type of fat found naturally in some foods and added to others in the form of partially hydrogenated oil. Though partially hydrogenated oil is no longer added to foods, trans fats may still be found in some fried or processed food products.

Foods that may contain trans fats

Some foods may still contain trans fats, either as a result of being produced before the FDA ban took effect or because their production methods leave small amounts of these compounds in the foods.

Here are 7 foods that may still contain trans fats in 2022.

1. Vegetable shortening

Shortening is a type of fat that is solid at room temperature. It’s often used in cooking and baking.

Vegetable shortening was invented in the early 1900s as a cheap alternative to butter and was typically made from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

It is popular for baking because of its high fat content, which produces a softer and flakier pastry than other shortenings, such as lard and butter.

Since the FDA’s ban went into effect, food manufacturers have started using fully hydrogenated oil in place of partially hydrogenated oil in their shortening, making it free of trans fat.

However, if you have shortening in your kitchen cabinet that was produced before the ban went into effect, it may still contain trans fat.

To find out whether your shortening contains trans fat, check the ingredients list. If it includes partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, then trans fats are present.

SUMMARY

Vegetable shortening made from partially hydrogenated oil was invented as a cheap substitute for butter. However, since the FDA ban on trans fats went into effect, commercial shortening is now made from fully hydrogenated oil and is trans fat-free.

2. Some varieties of microwavable popcorn

Food manufacturers have historically used partially hydrogenated oil in their microwavable popcorn because of its high melting point, which keeps the oil solid until the popcorn bag is microwaved.

As a result of the recent ban on trans fats, manufacturers have switched to trans fat-free oil.

Still, if you have some microwave popcorn sitting in your pantry that you purchased before the ban went into effect, it may contain trans fat.

Be sure to choose varieties of microwave popcorn that are low in sodium and free of partially hydrogenated oils, additives, and preservatives for your next movie night if you’re looking for the most health-promoting type of this product.

A few tasty brands I suggest:

  • Quinn
  • Boom Chicka Pop
  • Black Jewell

Alternatively, you can make your own popcorn on the stovetop or in an air popper — it’s simple, cheap, and delicious.

SUMMARY

Some varieties of microwavable popcorn purchased before the FDA ban went into effect may contain trans fats. If you want to avoid trans fats, steer clear of store-bought popcorn made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or make your own at home.

3. Certain vegetable oils

Some vegetable oils may contain trans fats, especially if the oils are hydrogenated.

Because hydrogenation solidifies oil, these partially hydrogenated oils were long used to make margarine. Therefore, many types of margarine on the market in past years were high in trans fats.

Trans fat-free margarine has become widely available now that these oils have been phased out.

However, some non-hydrogenated vegetable oils may also contain small amounts of trans fat as a result of high heat used in some processing methods.

To reduce trans fat consumption from margarine and vegetable oils, avoid products that contain partially hydrogenated oils or choose healthier oils such extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil.

SUMMARY

Although margarine used to be made from partially hydrogenated oils, trans fat-free margarine is now widely available. However, some vegetable oils may contain a small amount of trans fat as a result of the high heat used in certain processing methods.

4. Fried fast foods

When eating on the go, bear in mind that certain takeout food options may contain trans fat.

Fried fast foods, such as fried chicken, battered fish, doughnuts, french fries, and mozzarella sticks, can all contain high levels of trans fat.

That’s because the high cooking temperatures used during frying can cause the trans fat content of the oil to increase slightly.

The trans fat content also increases each time the same oil is reused for frying.

Because it can be hard to avoid trans fats from fried food, it may be best to limit your intake of fried foods and choose foods that are grilled, roasted, steamed, or sauteed instead.

SUMMARY

During frying of foods such as french fries or fried chicken, the heat applied to the vegetable oils can create trans fats. Furthermore, the trans fat content of the oil increases each time the oil is reused.

5. Bakery products

Bakery goods such as muffins, cakes, pastries, and pies are often made with vegetable shortening or margarine.

Vegetable shortening helps produce a flakier, softer pastry. It’s also cheaper and has a longer shelf life than butter or lard.

Until recently, both vegetable shortening and margarine were made from partially hydrogenated oils. For this reason, baked goods have traditionally been a common source of trans fat.

As manufacturers have begun to eliminate trans fat from shortening and margarine, the total amount of trans fats in baked goods has similarly declined.

However, it’s still a good idea to limit your consumption of baked goods that have been fried, such as doughnuts, because they may contain trans fats formed during frying.

Making your own baked foods at home is a simple and effective way to take control of what you’re putting on your plate while still enjoying your favorite sweets.

SUMMARY

Bakery products are often made with vegetable shortening and margarine, which were previously high in trans fats. However, trans fats have been mostly eliminated from these ingredients, resulting in less trans fat in baked goods.

6. Nondairy coffee creamers

Nondairy coffee creamers are used as a substitute for milk or cream in coffee, tea, and other hot beverages.

The main ingredients in most nondairy coffee creamers are sugar and oil.

Most nondairy creamers were traditionally made from partially hydrogenated oil in order to increase shelf life and provide a creamy consistency. However, most brands have switched to fully hydrogenated oil since the FDA ban went into effect.

Still, because powdered nondairy coffee creamers typically have a long shelf life, there’s a chance you may have some sitting in your kitchen cabinet that could contain partially hydrogenated oil.

Be sure to check the ingredients list carefully and look for brands that contain less sugar and fewer additives and artificial ingredients, such as:

  • Califia Farms
  • Malk
  • Nut Pods

If you’re not limiting dairy in your diet, you can also opt for other alternatives to sweeten up your drinks, such as whole milk, cream, or half-and-half.

SUMMARY

Nondairy coffee creamers can replace milk or cream in hot beverages. Until recently, most were made from partially hydrogenated oil, but they are now made with healthier oils.

7. Other sources

Trans fats can also be found in smaller amounts in a range of other foods manufactured before the FDA ban went into full effect.

Here are a few foods to keep an eye out for:

  • Potato and corn chips. Though most corn and potato chips are now free of trans fats, it’s important to read the ingredients lists and avoid any that contain partially hydrogenated oil.
  • Canned frosting. Canned frosting is mostly made up of sugar, water, and oil. Since some products manufactured prior to the FDA ban may contain partially hydrogenated oil, it’s important to read ingredients lists carefully if you have any canned frosting in your fridge.
  • Crackers. Though partially hydrogenated oils are no longer added to crackers, certain varieties produced before the trans fat ban went into effect may contain small amounts.
  • Pizza. In the past, trans fats were frequently found in some brands of pizza dough. Look out for this ingredient, especially in frozen pizzas that you may have stashed in your freezer.

SUMMARY

It’s a good idea to check labels carefully for trans fats in foods manufactured before the FDA ban took effect, including potato chips, frozen pizza, canned frosting, and crackers.

Restaurant Foods With the Most Trans Fat

If you’re an avid Eat This, Not That! reader, you know how detrimental trans fat is to our health. This type of harmful fat lowers our HDL levels (good cholesterol), promotes inflammation, and can trigger heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions, according to Harvard Health. All of these detrimental effects is exactly why the 2015-2020 American Dietary Guidelines limit trans fats to as low as possible—which means that zero is your optimal number.

So where does trans fat come from? There are two types: man-made artificial trans fats and naturally-occurring ones. Artificial trans fats are created when hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oils, a process that turns the oil solid. Man-made trans fat can be found in baked goods and fried foods under the name “partially hydrogenated oil.” Natural trans fats are made in the gut of some animals, which is why you’d find the fat in meat and dairy products. Trans fats can hide in obvious places (like fried foods and monstrous burgers) and not-so-obvious ones (like, for example, the coleslaw at Long John Silver’s has one gram of the stuff in the family size).

To get your health in check and stave off heart disease, the team at Eat This, Not That! set out to discover the restaurant meals with the most trans fat, so that you know what to avoid when eating out. In order to compile a list of the foods with high trans fat content at popular restaurants, we assessed the nutritional information of popular appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts and included the picks with more than two grams of trans fat. We ranked these menu items from bad to worst according to trans fat content and broke ties by deferring to our secondary metric, calorie count. Find out which 30 restaurant foods have the most trans fat.

RANKED FROM BAD TO ABSOLUTE WORST…

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Arby’s Half Pound Beef & Cheddar

arbys roast beef and cheddar
Courtesy of Arby’s

740 calories, 39 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 2,530 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 49 g protein

Arby’s definitely “has the meats,” but it also serves up an incredulous amount of trans fat and sodium in its beef and cheddar roast beef sandwich. Nearly half of this sammy’s calories come from fat, too!29

Popeyes Catfish Po’ Boy Sandwich

Po boy
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PER SANDWICH: 800 calories, 51 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,640 mg sodium, 59 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 30 g protein

This classic southern sandwich carries two grams of trans fat nestled inside a bed of fried shrimp. In addition to that, you’ll also get over a half day’s worth of sodium.28

Popeyes Cajun Fries

Popeyes cajun fries
Damien L./Yelp

PER LARGE: 804 calories, 42 g fat (15 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,761 mg sodium, 97 g carbs (9 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 10 g protein

A staggering 804 calories and two grams of heart-harming trans fat—just for a side of seasoned fries? We’ll definitely pass. If you’re at Popeye’s and want to pair your chicken with a better-for-you dish, pick the green beans or coleslaw.27

Checkers Baconzilla

Checkers baconzilla burger
Courtesy of Checkers

PER SANDWICH: 810 calories, 52 g fat (23 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 2,000 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (1 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 46 g protein

With two beef patties, a load of cheese, and way too much bacon, we’re not surprised that this monstrous burger carries two grams of trans fat. In addition to that, the Baconzilla also houses 23 grams of saturated fat, which amounts to over two days’ worth!26

Shake Shack Double ShackBurger

Shake Shack Double shack burger
Susan W./Yelp

PER BURGER: 855 calories, 60 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,290 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (3 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 49 g protein

Shake Shack’s cheeseburger is stacked with two patties and ShackSauce, rendering two grams of trans fat and over two days’ worth of saturated fat. You’re better off ordering the single burger for just 400 calories—you’ll also save a gram of trans fat. For an order that doesn’t house any trans fat, go for the Veggie Shack, which boasts six grams of heart-healthy fiber.25

McDonald’s Grand Mac

Mcdonalds grand mac
Courtesy of McDonald’s

PER BURGER: 860 calories, 52 g fat (18 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,470 mg sodium, 62 g carbs (5 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 41 g protein

Stacked with a half-pound of beef, a double dousing of special sauce, two slices of cheese, and three slices of bread, the Grand Mac is definitely one of the worst items you can order at the golden arches. This sandwich boasts two grams of heart-disease-triggering trans fat, as well as the equivalent amount of total fat as almost five small packets of McDonald’s fries.24

Dairy Queen ½-lb FlameThrower GrillBurger

Dairy Queen flamethrower burger
Courtesy of Dairy Queen

PER BURGER: 970 calories, 68 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,580 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 51 g protein

DQ manages to pack this burger with a half-pound of fatty beef, melted pepper jack cheese, bacon, and a thick sauce that all contribute to the nearly one-thousand-calorie mark and two grams of trans fat. Instead, get the grilled chicken sandwich—which has zero trans fat and under 400 calories.

Wienerschnitzel Chocolate Covered Strawberry Freezee

Wienerschnitzel freezee
Courtesy of Wienerschnitzel

PER SHAKE: 980 calories, 56 g fat (46 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 420 mg sodium, 120 g carbs (5 g fiber, 99 g sugar), 13 g protein

Who knew that a chocolate strawberry shake could clock in at nearly 1,000 calories and two grams of artery-clogging trans fat? Wienerschnitzel manages to sneak those scary nutritionals in, so you’re better off saying sayonara to dessert at the burger joint.22

Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger With Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Ketchup, and Mayo

Five Guys bacon cheeseburger
James R./Yelp

PER SANDWICH: 1,008 calories, 69 g fat (27.5 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,636 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (3 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 51 g protein

Not only will you ingest over a thousand calories, but you’ll also get a serious dose of trans fat in this somewhat-innocent-sounding bacon cheeseburger. Instead, opt for the Little Hamburger and forget the fries—even a regular order of Five Guys fries houses one gram of trans fat thanks to the oil it is fried in.21

Whataburger Mushroom Swiss Burger

Whataburger mushroom swiss
Courtesy of Whataburger

PER BURGER: 1,110 calories, 70 g fat (23 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,890 mg sodium, 61 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 51 g protein

You might think that ordering a burger with mushrooms is a better choice than ordering a bacon-topped sandwich, but not at Whataburger. This sammy rings in two grams of trans fat and 360 more calories than its bacon and cheese Whataburger.20

SONIC Oreo Chocolate Shake

sonic peanut butter shake

PER LARGE: 1,200 calories, 63 g fat (42 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 820 mg sodium, 142 g carbs (2 g fiber, 99 g sugar), 19 g protein

Yikes: 1,200 calories, over three days’ worth of saturated fat, and about four days’ worth of sugar? Keep checking the nutrition panel, and you’ll also spot two grams of trans fat in Sonic’s Oreo chocolate shake. This dessert is definitely not worth a sip.19

Zaxby’s Buffalo Traditional Wings & Things

Zaxbys buffalo wings and things plate
Courtesy of Zaxby’s

PER DISH: 1,520 calories, 96 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 2,010 mg sodium, 99 g carbs (8 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 32 g protein

Not only does this Buffalo wing dish come packed with crinkle fries and Texas toast (which are made up of fat and refined carbs) but it also packs in various fat-laden sauces. You’ll get two grams of trans fat in this dish, along with the salt equivalent of 217 Rold Gold pretzel sticks!18

Boston Market Meatloaf

boston market meatloaf

PER LARGE: 710 calories, 49 g fat (21 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat), 1,370 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (3 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 39 g protein

This larger-than-life meatloaf has 2.5 grams of trans fat. Instead of opting for the massive 10.2-ounce meatloaf, go for the kid’s portion, which clocks in at 240 calories, 1 gram of trans fat, 460 milligrams of sodium, and 13 grams of protein.17

Baskin Robbins Vanilla Milkshake

baskin robbins vanilla shake
Sonny S./Yelp

PER LARGE: 1,370 calories, 74 g fat (46 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat), 400 mg sodium, 147 g carbs (1 g fiber, 130 g sugar), 27 g protein

A vanilla milkshake sounds innocent, but this insidious cup from Baskin Robbins hosts nearly an entire day’s worth of calories and over five days’ worth of diabetes-inducing sugar! Blame it on 32 ounces of blended ice cream, milk, and multiple sources of added sugar.16

Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

Baskin robbins chocolate chip cookie dough milkshake
Courtesy of Baskin Robbins

PER LARGE: 1,380 calories, 73 g fat (45 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat), 460 mg sodium, 157 g carbs (4 g fiber, 136 g sugar), 29 g protein

Baskin Robbins’ minty milkshake packs in a jaw-dropping 34 teaspoons of sugar, and the trans fat content is justified by the first ingredient: cream.15

Boston Market Rotisserie Prime Rib

boston market prime rib

PER 8 OZ: 630 calories, 47 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 770 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 55 g protein

At first glance, Boston Market’s Rotisserie Prime Rib seems like a safe bet, clocking in at 630 calories and packing in 55 grams of protein. However, this cut of meat is way too large for a single serving—and way too fatty. Prime rib has naturally-occurring trans fats, so you’ll want to decrease your intake by going for half the portion or less, or choosing a leaner cut of meat like chicken or turkey breast.14

Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Linguini

Cajun chicken linguini alfredo
Courtesy of Red Lobster

PER FULL PORTION: 1,340 calories, 60 g fat (24 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 3,530 mg sodium, 116 g carbs (11 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 81 g protein

This giant pasta dish is not a dinner to be reckoned with. The hefty dousing of Parmesan cream sauce lends the meal an absurd amount of fat, calories, and sodium. You’ll get over two days’ worth of saturated fat and 22 small orders of McDonald’s fries worth of salt!13

Denny’s Double Cheeseburger

denny's double cheeseburger
Denny’s/Yelp

PER BURGER: 980 calories, 56 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 1,540 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (3 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 66 g protein

This double cheeseburger packs in the salt equivalent of 57 saltine crackers and about 17 bacon strips worth of saturated fat. No burger on the Denny’s menu is a safe choice, but this one is truly the worst.12

Burger King Bacon King

burger king bacon king

1,150 calories, 79 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 2,150 mg sodium, 49 g carbs (2 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 61 g protein

This BK offer comes with a half-pound of fatty beef, a hearty portion of thick-cut smoked bacon, American cheese, ketchup, and mayo, all sandwiched between a soft sesame seed bun. Sounds like a one-way ticket to heart disease, if you ask us! Opt for the Bacon King Jr., and you’ll save a whopping 580 calories, 2.5 grams of artery-clogging trans fat, and a half day’s worth of bloating sodium.11

Zaxby’s Buffalo Chicken Finger Plate, 6-Piece

Zaxbys buffalo chicken finger plate
Courtesy of Zaxby’s

PER MEAL: 1,670 calories, 107 g fat (20 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 4,800 mg sodium, 116 g carbs (18 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 91 g protein

This Zaxby’s dish packs in buffalo sauce chicken fingers, crinkle fries, and coleslaw that amount to the walloping 1,670 calories and 3.5 grams of trans fat.10

Wendy’s Dave’s Triple

Wendy's daves triple
Courtesy of Wendy’s

PER SANDWICH: 1,090 calories, 72 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 4 g trans fat), 1,910 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (3 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 71 g protein

Wendy’s triple-patty-burger contains three-quarters of a pound of beef, in addition to processed American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled, ketchup, mayo, and onion on a toasted bun. While most of the trans fat is coming from the beef and cheese, just because it’s naturally-occurring, it doesn’t give you the green light to dig into this burger. If you’re craving a burger at Wendy’s, get one of the Jr. options to cut back on heart-taxing trans fat.9

Hardee’s ⅔-lb Monster Thickburger

Hardees 2/3 pound monster thickburger
Hardee’s/Facebook

PER BURGER: 1,300 calories, 90 g fat (33 g saturated fat, 4 g trans fat), 3,140 mg sodium, 53 g carbs (2 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 76 g protein

You’ll get about a day and a half’s worth of blood-pressure-raising salt, as well as a whopping four grams of our heart-harming culprit trans fat.8

The Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta

Cheesecake factory louisiana chicken pasta
Courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory

NUTRITION: 2,120 calories, 125 g fat (65 g saturated fat, 4 g trans fat), 4,030 mg sodium, 168 g carbs (10 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 83 g protein

If you’re looking to raise your LDL cholesterol and heart disease risk, this is the dish to order on the regular. And no, we’re not condoning that. The Louisiana Chicken Pasta contains a whopping four grams of trans fat coming from the oil-doused fried chicken and a preposterous amount of cheese.7

The Cheesecake Factory Bruléed French Toast with Bacon

Cheesecake factory bruleed french toast
Courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory

NUTRITION: 2,180 calories, 131 g fat (70 g saturated fat, 4 g trans fat), 1,070 mg sodium, 208 g carbs (7 g fiber, 115 g sugar), 45 g protein

Clocking in at over two thousand calories and housing over five days’ worth of saturated fat—and four grams of trans fat—this bacon-topped bruléed French toast is anything but a balanced breakfast. You’ll get a boatload of empty carbs and as much sugar as 4.7 Snickers bars!6

Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger With Fries

NUTRITION: 1,940 calories, 127 g fat (44.5 g saturated fat, 4.5 g trans fat), 3,610 mg sodium, 131 g carbs (10 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 73 g protein

Cheese curds and bacon topped over a fatty patty lend this burger 85 of Lay’s chips worth of fat. You’ll also find four-and-a-half Big Macs worth of trans fat in this monstrous sandwich from Buffalo Wild Wings.5

Burger King Triple Stacker

burger king triple stacker

1,370 calories, 93 g fat (40 g saturated fat, 5 g trans fat), 2,300 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (1 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 85 g protein

Burger King’s triple-stacked burger contains a full day’s worth of sodium and nearly double the amount of saturated fat as McDonald’s massive Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Blame it on the ¾-pound beef patty, smoky bacon, melted American cheese, and the sugary Stacker sauce. Plus, there are five grams of trans fat in this massive burger!4

The Cheesecake Factory’s Factory Nachos with Spicy Chicken

cheesecake factory nachos
Courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory

2,910 calories, 199 g fat (79 g saturated fat, 5 g trans fat), 3,870 mg sodium, 182 g carbs (24 g fiber, 30 g sugar), 98 g protein

The Cheesecake Factory is home to some of the fattiest meals on the planet, and this spicy-chicken-topped appetizer is no exception. In addition to sneaking in a whopping five grams of trans fat, these nachos also pack in as much sodium as 1.6 teaspoons of salt, a double whammy against your heart!3

Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin’ Onion

Outback steakhouse bloomin onion
Outback Steakhouse/Facebook

1,950 calories, 155 g fat (56 g saturated fat, 7 g trans fat), 3,840 mg sodium, 123 g carbs (14 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 18 g protein

Outback may be known for its Bloomin’ onion appetizer, but that shouldn’t give you the green light to order it off the menu. The calorie, sodium, and carb counts are excessively high, but the trans fat content is the most outrageous. It’s clear that Outback fries its onion in partially-hydrogenated oil, which means you’re way better off skipping this fried app.2

Buffalo Wild Wings Boneless Large Thai Curry Wings

NUTRITION: 2,790 calories, 172 g fat (56 g saturated fat, 7 g trans fat), 9,680 mg sodium, 195 g carbs (15 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 116 g protein

With 2,790 calories, 172 grams of fat, and a staggering seven grams of trans fat, this is one of the fattiest dishes you can order at BWW. Out of all the signature wing sauces, the Thai Curry sauce boasts the most calories and fat—and who knows how much sauce BWW douses its large dish of wings with. Go for the small order with a side of hot BBQ sauce, which contains just 35 calories.1

Captain D’s Family Seafood Feast

Captain ds seafood feast
Courtesy of Captain D’s

PER MEAL (WITHOUT SIDES): 3,870 calories, 262 g fat (125 g saturated fat, 16 g trans fat), 7,990 mg sodium, 211 g carbs (2 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 150 g protein

Almost 4,000 calories, 10 days’ worth of saturated fat, and 16 grams of trans fat (scary stuff!) deems this dish the absolute worst on our list. Where’s all the fat coming from? The batter-dipped fish, crispy butterfly shrimp, seafood-stuffed crab shells, and hush puppies are all fried in heart-taxing oil.

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