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Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Health editor Janice Kerr has a wake up call for everyone with a fast food addiction. Sure blew my mind! -- AP


There’s been much talk in the media lately about the amount of sodium ingested per year by the average American. We also take in way too many calories and grams of fat, which has contributed greatly to our spreading girth. As the number of fast food restaurants grew over the last three or four decades, so did the numbers on our scales. Fast food is quick and easy, but it’s also deadly. It’s a leading contributor to heart disease and diabetes and many experts believe it to be a factor in the increase of certain cancers.

Below you’ll find calorie, fat, and sodium counts for some popular fast food meals. Pay attention to the salads. Just because you’re eating salad at a fast food restaurant, doesn’t mean you’re doing your body any good. That said, I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves, but keep in mind that the daily recommended amounts of calories, fat, and
sodium for adults are --

calories: 1500-2000
fat, 50-65 grams
sodium, 1500 mgs.

Big Mac: 540 calories, 29 grams of fat, 1040 mgs. sodium
Quarter Pounder with Cheese: 740 calories, 42 grams fat, 1380 mgs. sodium
Lg. Fries: 500 calories, 25 grams fat, 350 mgs. sodium
Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken: 370 calories, 20 grams fat, 970 mgs. sodium

Burger King Whopper with Cheese: 770 calories, 48 grams fat, 1450 mgs. sodium
Double Whopper with Cheese: 1010 calories, 65 grams fat, 1530 mgs. sodium
Original Chicken Sandwich: 630 calories, 39 grams fat, 1390 mgs. sodium
Lg. Fries: 540 calories, 27 grams fat, 830 mgs. sodium
Tendercrisp Chicken Garden Salad: 410 calories, 23 grams fat, 1060 mgs. sodium

KFC Famous Bowls: 700 calories, 32 grams fat, 2260 mgs. sodium
Chicken Pot Pie: 690 calories, 40 grams fat, 1760 mgs. sodium
Lg. Popcorn Chicken: 550 calories, 35 grams fat, 1600 mgs. sodium
Double Crunch Sandwich with Crispy Strip: 490 calories, 20 grams fat, 1190 mgs. sodium
Tender Roast Sandwich: 410 calories, 30 grams fat, 790 mgs. sodium

Taco Bell
Grilled Stuft Beef Burrito: 700 calories, 10 grams fat, 2110 mgs. sodium
Chalupa Chicken Baja: 390 calories, 23 grams fat, 760 mgs. sodium
Gordita Chicken Baja: 320 calories, 15 grams fat, 750 mgs. sodium
Volcano Nachos: 1000 calories, 62 grams fat, 1930 mgs. sodium
Chicken Quesadilla: 520 calories, 28 grams fat, 1440 mgs. sodium
Fiesta Taco Salad: 770 calories, 41 grams fat, 1650 mgs. sodium

6” Chicken & Bacon Ranch: 570 calories, 28 grams fat, 1190 mgs. sodium
6” Big Philly Cheesesteak: 520 calories, 18 grams fat, 1570 mgs. sodium
6” Cold Cut Combo: 410 calories, 16 grams fat, 1450 mgs. sodium
6” Tuna: 530 calories, 30 grams fat, 930 mgs. sodium

Pizza Hut
Personal Pan Cheese Pizza: 590 calories, 24 grams fat, 1290 mgs. sodium
Personal Pan Supreme Pizza: 720 calories, 36 grams fat, 1680 mgs. sodium
Lg. Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza (1 slice): 380 calories, 17 grams fat, 1050 mgs. sodium
Lg. Meat Lover’s Pizza (1 slice): 440 calories, 23 grams fat, 1270 mgs. sodium

Grande Java Chip Frappuccino (2% milk): 350 calories, 14 grams fat
Grande Tazo Chai Crème Frappuccino (2% milk): 310 calories, 3 grams fat
Apple Fritter: 420 calories, 20 grams fat
Blueberry Scone: 460 calories, 22 grams fat
Double Iced Cinnamon Roll: 490 calories, 20 grams fat
Plain Bagel: 300 calories, 1 gram fat

Yikes! That was certainly an eye-opener, Janice. I guess we’ll all think twice the next time we have a fast food craving, especially those of us trying to lose a few dozen pounds or so. Comments, anyone? -- AP

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