The 88 Fast Food Items Most Likely To Kill You

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Catchy title, don’t ya think?

I’m currently in the very early stages of putting something pretty big together involving fast food. However, I came up with a little something to show you guys in the mean time. I’ve nicknamed it The 88 Fast Food Items Most Likely To Kill You.

Basically, I looked over the nutrition facts of nearly 20 popular fast food restaurants to put together a list/ranking of the foods that contained the most trans fat (AKA the very evil, disease-causing type of fat).

I started with the intention of making a list of the 10 highest trans fat foods, but even I was a bit surprised by how many foods ended up being significantly high in trans fat. So, what started out as 10 foods turned into 88 foods.

Crazy, I agree.

So, if you happen to eat fast food often (or just semi-often) yet still care about your health, take a peak at The 88 Fast Food Items Most Likely To Kill You and do your very best to avoid them.

Questions or feedback? Leave ‘em in the comments.

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  • Josiah October 26, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    That’s great information. I’m curious about KFC being in the list, as they claim ththey went transfat oil free in all of their foods…

    Oh, and for future readers (if you ever plan on updating the page), it may be useful to list a “last updated” time near the top or bottom.

    Thank you for the great information.

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  • aCalorieCounter October 26, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Josiah: About KFC, here’s what I can tell you. I found a press release of theirs claiming that they’ll be trans fat-free by April 2007. Thing is, all of the nutrition info on their site has a “last revised” date of July 30th, 2007.

    Good idea about putting a date/time on there. Will do.

    Thanks for the feedback, glad you liked it.

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  • K October 26, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    Not that I want to promote eating fast food in bulk, but you list is a little tainted. Look at the serving sizes for the White Castle products that are featured at the top of the list. Nobody eats a sack of anything my themselves. A sack of chicken rings is like eating ten White Castle chicken sandwiches. Nobody does it. I suggest updating your list with the individual sizes. Other than that, it is always nice (not really) to know what you are putting into your body.

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  • aCalorieCounter October 26, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    K: Are you sure about that? White Castle listed two sizes for most of their foods… “regular” and “sack.”

    I’ve never actually been to a White Castle (not many in my area, plus I don’t eat this stuff), so I’ve never actually seen a “sack.” However, I just assumed it was their version of a “large” or even “super sized” order based on the size difference between regular and sack.

    A sack is about equal to two “regulars” for pretty much every food.

    And, if you can eat a regular order of fries, you can most definitely eat a second one. I used to do it all the time, and I was like 13. I’m sure the average adult could pull it off no problem.

    I definitely appreciate your feedback, but as far as I can tell, a sack is just their normal “larger-than-regular” serving size that people can and do eat on their own.

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  • Bobby October 27, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    You failed to mention several foods at papa johns that have trans fat (like the cinnamon sticks).

    Also a lot of their food has “partially hydrogenated oils” which go under the radar and have less than .5 grams of trans fat “per serving” which is like 1 slice… which even my 90lb mom eats more than that.

    I worked there and never ate the pizza… horrible. I think they should change the gram to milligram 30 grams = 30,000mg of trans fat. right now anything less than .5 grams or 500mg goes into stomachs in a false sense of security… pretty shady if you ask me.

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  • aCalorieCounter October 27, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Bobby: The list only contains the worst of the worst. Specifically, foods that have 4 or more grams of trans fat per serving.

    And, I do understand what you’re saying about the 0.5 grams of trans fat. I mention a bunch of times throughout the site that foods that have “trans fat: 0 grams” on their label may still in fact contain up to 0.4999 grams of trans fat, and that the only way to know for sure is to, like you said, check the ingredients for hydrogenated oils.

    The FDA allows it though, and I do agree… quite shady.

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