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7 of the least healthy fast food value meals

Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

Published in Health & Fitness

We get it. Fast food value meals are quick, yummy and sometimes inexpensive. What you save at the drive-thru, however, might cost you more in health care bills if you indulge in too many of them.

Recently, Eat This, Not That analyzed these meals and found these combos will put you over the limit for calories, sodium, fat and sugar "before you've even finished your meal."

"If you are eating these occasionally and you feel good, there's nothing to worry about," holistic nutritionist Kristen Ciccolini told the website. "The main thing I'd be concerned with if consuming these meals regularly is the sodium content."

For context, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends fewer than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day; Cleveland Clinic recommends about 44-77 grams of fat per day if you eat 2,000 calories; and the Mayo Clinic says between 900 and 1,300 calories of a 2,000 calorie diet — or 225-325 grams — should be from carbohydrates.

If you're trying to eat healthier, these are 7 meals you'll likely want to avoid.

McDonald's Big Mac Combo Meal


Per meal: 1,080 calories, 45 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 1,325 mg sodium, 144 g carbs (7 g fiber, 65 g sugar), 30 g protein

"Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese on a sesame seed bun" made for a good commercial, but not for a healthy meal. "This meal contains artery-clogging fat coming from the meat and cheese, along with added sugar from the soda to make you want to skip it," Lisa Young, RDN, told Eat This, Not That.

Arby's Chicken Club Wrap Meal

Per meal: 1,220 calories, 57 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 2,310 mg sodium, 140 g carbs (9 g fiber, 56 g sugar), 46 g protein


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