We all know that avoiding fast food is the smart choice when leading a healthy lifestyle. Between the mounds of trans fat grease, mystery ingredients and staggering caloric-prices, fast food is by no means a health food. But, let’s be honest, life gets in the way sometimes and the next thing you know, you’re sitting in a drive-thru line. That doesn’t mean you should throw the baby out with the bathwater though!
Don’t sabotage your healthy-momentum with a bad menu choice. Simply make the smartest choice available with what you have. To do this, educating yourself on the worst menu-items will help eliminate the biggest culprits.
We’re here to help, with the top fast food items that are either so gross, or unhealthy for you, that even their staff wouldn’t dare eat it! You’ve been warned.
Top Fast Food Items
Convenience Store Slurpees
While these sugar bombs taste like heaven, they’re hiding a secret hell. Not only do gas station slurpees have to make their way through the machine pathway’s mouldy metal, but once it’s ready for you to drink, these drinks are nothing short of chemical sugar bombs. With sugar levels reaching up to 84 grams of sugar (21 teaspoons) in a large 7/11 Cola Slurpee!
McDonalds Chicken McNuggets
Naturally, with the growing awareness and exposure of the dangers of eating McDonalds, we’ve become leery to any food that has the prefix ‘Mc’ in the front to it. But, McDonalds Chicken McNuggets take the cake. Not only are these nuggets processed into a pink paste, then reshaped into small bite sized nuggets, McDonalds employees say that these end up cooked and sitting under a heat lamp until someone orders them. This often means that those ‘hot’ and ‘fresh’ nuggets you’re paying for can go for hours sitting out without being refreshed.
KFC BBQ Chicken
KFC chicken is no ones idea of a ‘health food’. While we all thought KFC classic fried chicken was our body’s worst enemy, it turns out, the preparation of their BBQ chicken may make your stomach turn. It’s been reported by several KFC employees, that they don’t have the best quality control standards for the handling of their chicken. In fact, for the BBQ chicken sandwich, employees are routinely told to only use chicken that is too old and stale to give away, then this stale chicken is slathered with salty BBQ sauce and re-heated through.
Similar to other fast food logos, we’re in by Wendy’s innocent and inviting redheaded spokeswoman. Seems innocent enough, right? While many of us think we’re making a ‘healthier’ choice by opting for Wendy’s chili over their other fried options, it’s not innocent as you’d think. Several staff members have reported that the meat in Wendy’s chili is just left over meat dried up on the grill, warmed up and thrown into a cup of sauce. Nasty!
Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust
Pizza Hut’s creative indulgent creation is worst than we thought, taking junk food to an entirely new level. The Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust pies have been beloved for years, but if your health is even a remote concern of yours, you’re probably best off passing on this slice. Each slice of the Stuffed Crust has an entire mozzarella stick in it. This means that for a regular medium pizza, you’ll also be eating eight entire mozzarella sticks. This rings in at a whopping 120 grams of fat – without toppings! Do your arteries a favor steer clear of the stuffed crust on your next Pizza Hut menu.
Taco Bell Beans
Taco Bell employees have made it known to avoid any dish containing beans, which becomes a pretty tough challenge when you’re ordering from a Mexican restaurant. Taco Bell beans come from rehydrated mix that, over time, start to congeal into the consistency of hair gel. If that isn’t enough to scare you off Taco Bell, then we don’t know what will!