By Gina Hartley – journoresearch.org
New data from price-monitoring experts at pricelisto.com has unveiled the unhealthiest menu items from the most popular fast food restaurants in the United States, with Hardee’s topping the list. The research, which excluded sharing, meal, combo, catering, and family items, analyzed the nutritional content of items from 47 major fast food chains.
Hardee’s Fried Chicken 12 Piece and 6 Biscuits emerged as the unhealthiest fast food item, boasting a staggering 6,490 calories. Established in 1960, Hardee’s is a well-known player in the American fast food scene, acclaimed for its thick burgers, hand-breaded chicken tenders, and indulgent breakfast offerings.
In second place, Papa John’s Philly Cheesesteak XL Stuffed Crust packs in 4,590 calories. Papa John’s, now one of the largest pizza delivery chains in the country, offers a diverse menu, including pizza, sides like garlic knots, and chicken wings.
Claiming the third spot is Moe’s Nachos, potentially reaching 4,334 calories with all the toppings. Moe’s, a fast-casual restaurant chain, is celebrated for its fresh and customizable Tex-Mex cuisine, unique flavor combinations, and signature queso dip.
Little Caesars’ Detroit Style 5 Meat Feast Deep Dish Speciality Pizza secured the fourth position with 3,500 calories. Known globally for its affordable and convenient “Hot-N-Ready” pizzas, Little Caesars has become a go-to option for pizza lovers.
The fifth spot goes to Pizza Hut’s Loaded Pepperoni Feast Large Cheesy Bites Pizza, boasting 3,153 calories. Pizza Hut’s signature stuffed crust pizzas continue to attract patrons globally.
Buffalo Wild Wings’ 30 Count Traditional Wings (Drums Only) takes sixth place with 2,240 calories. The restaurant, known for its lively atmosphere and sports-centric vibe, offers a variety of chicken wings with diverse sauces and seasonings.
In seventh place, Jimmy John’s The J.J. Gargantuan packs 2,160 calories. Jimmy John’s emphasis on ‘Freaky Fast’ delivery and high-quality ingredients sets it apart in the submarine sandwich market.
Checkers and Rally’s 20 Piece Garlic Parmesan Classic Wings claim the eighth spot, containing 2,040 calories. Merged in 1999, these drive-thru restaurants specialize in hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and milkshakes.
Securing the penultimate place is Culvers’ 3-piece Northwoods Walleye Dinner with 1,930 calories. Culvers, a popular fast food joint, provides a unique dining experience rooted in Midwestern hospitality and comfort food favorites.
The list concludes with Shake Shack’s Double Down Fries in tenth place, boasting 1,910 calories. Originating as a humble hot dog cart in New York City, Shake Shack has evolved into a global brand known for high-quality burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes.
A spokesperson for pricelisto.com emphasized the impact of fast food on American culture, highlighting both the convenience and affordability it offers. However, they cautioned against regular consumption due to the potential health risks associated with high levels of salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats. The spokesperson also raised concerns about the industry’s environmental impact through disposable packaging.
For more information, credit and link to pricelisto.com, as they conducted the research.