The Five Unhealthiest Takeaway Meals In Australia

In recent years, the world's leading fast food franchises have been making a concerted effort to provide healthier eating options to customers. With salad bowls, grilled chicken and low-carb wraps on the menu, the takeaway chains of today look quite different to their '80s predecessors...And yet, there are still plenty of worryingly fat-filled meals on the menu. We trawled through the nutritional info on KFC's, Hungry Jack's and McDonald's websites to bring you the five worst offenders. (If you're watching your weight, these meals are definitely best avoided!)

[Note: We purposely limited our search to meals intended for a single person. Pizza chains, family dinner boxes and KFC buckets have therefore been excluded.]

Kentucky Zinger Stacker Boxed Meal: 5896kJ

The Kentucky Burger boxed meal comes with a Zinger Stacker burger, three wicked wings, a regular hot chips, a regular Potato & Gravy and a can of soft drink.

In addition to the 5896kJ kilojoule count, it also packs in 71.70g of fat, 112.70g of carbohydrates, 14.90g of sugars and 3522mg of sodium. [Note: KFC's boxed meal nutritional info is deliberately based on a Pepsi Max, which contains zero sugar.]

McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder Meal (Large): 6407kJ

The McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder Meal (Large) comes with a Double Quarter Pounder burger (two beef patties, three slices of cheese, onions, pickles and ketchup/mustard on a sesame seed bun), a large fries and a large soft drink.

In addition to the 6407kJ kilojoule count, it also packs in 77.6g of fat, 140.1g of carbohydrates, 62.6g of sugars and 1834mg of sodium.

KFC 5 Stars Box: 6574.5kJ

The KFC 5 Stars Box comes with one piece of Original Recipe Chicken, one Grilled Wrap, three Wicked Wings, one Snack Size Popcorn Chicken, a regular chips, a regular soft drink and a regular Potato & Gravy.

In addition to the 6574.5 kilojoule count, it also packs in 83.50g of fat, 113.90g of carbohydrates, 7.00g of sugars and 3132mg of sodium. [Note: KFC's boxed meal nutritional info is deliberately based on a Pepsi Max, which contains zero sugar.]

Double Whopper With Cheese Meal (Large): 7292kJ

Hungry Jack's Double Whopper With Cheese Meal (Large) comes with a Double Whopper burger (two beef patties, two slices of cheese, a rasher of eye bacon, salad, mayo and tomato sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun), a large fries and a large soft drink.

In addition to the 7292kJ kilojoule count, it also packs in 88.1g of fat, 177.9g of carbohydrates, 73.9g of sugars and 1363mg of sodium.

Hungry Jack's Ultimate Double Whopper Meal (Large): 7920kJ

Hungry Jack's Ultimate Double Whopper Meal (Large) comes with an Ultimate Double Whopper burger (two beef patties, two slices of cheese, a rasher of eye bacon, salad, mayo and tomato sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun), a large fries and a large soft drink.

In addition to the 7920kJ kilojoule count, it also packs in 98.9g of fat, 178.7g of carbohydrates, 74.8g of sugars and 2289mg of sodium.

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Comments

    Challenge accepted. Please edit to include protein macros. Kthnxbai.

    Damn......this story made me so hungry. Thanks for making me fat LH. Maybe I should say ....fatter.

      I actually decided on Hungry Jack's for lunch while writing it!

        Ask your local place to make you an Ultimate Double Angry Whopper. You will not be disappointed.

    This article is just going to make everyone crave at least one of the above meals.

    You guys should have used Takeaway Truth images.

    In 3 of the 5 cases, the text has a different kJ count to the headline.

      The headline versions were all correct. Bottom is fixed now.

    So a Hungry Jacks ultimate double whopper meal pretty much fulfills your daily energy intake. Nice!

    I'm off to eat potato cakes (scallops) and dim sims for lunch. Yum.

    If you get the Zinger Stacked Box, upsize it to a large meal, and select Sunkist as your drink, those numbers jump to 8380kJ, 86.9g of protein, 82g of fat, 231.1g of carbohydrates, 92.5g of sugars and 3785mg of sodium.

    Maybe if we could have the associated costs mentioned as well, we could identify the cheapest heart-blocker your $$ can buy!

    Burger me. Just burger me.

    But I never get chips or drink. They suck anyway and just add useless calories.

    I'm all about the burgers.

      But KFC chips are some of the best fast food chips bar none! Can't knock back KFC chips, not matter how soggy!

        hahaha. I have a few of the wifes and dip them in the gravy. Have you ever tried dipping the chicken in the gravy? OMG! But I've been a PT for so long, I'll still enjoy my food, but certain things like soft drink and chips I just say no to.

        Not judging though. Enjoy all the chips! :D

        I don't know, KFC chips can be pretty good, but if done right Red Rooster chips with their herb mayo/summer sauce to dip in are fantastic. If I could buy a box of that stuff I would in a heartbeat!

    The only thing that I have ever missed since becoming a vegetarian is KFC chicken. And now you're making me rethink my choices.

    Challenge completed on multiple occasions last few months. I still lost a few kg in the process though. I don't know what you are on about.

    [Note: We purposely limited our search to meals intended for a single person. Pizza chains, family dinner boxes and KFC buckets have therefore been excluded.]

    What, a large Pizza is NOT a meal for one? I'll need to remind my kids.

      Dinner boxes excluded as well?

      I have successfully completed all 3 of the Maccas Dinner Boxes and the KFC Dinner Box (in seperate sittings of course).

      Not saying I would ever do it again, though I have shared some of those boxes with my partner (with maccas burger sizes we typically get nuggets or a cheeseburger as an extra)

    Why weren't the KFC meals upsized, when the Maccas and Hungrys meals were the biggerest?

    I've already had lunch, but I'm damned if I don't want one of those Zinger Stacked burgers now...

    5 meals. 5 days in a working week....

    Most of those burgers have more KJ than a pizza from Dominos! Kinda scary.

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