If you've never visited the US before, the decadence on display in fast food restaurants can be confronting. Case in point: I once ordered a "small" cheeseburger meal from a McDonald's in New Orleans and it came with two burgers.
With that in mind, here are the highest-calorie menu items from eight big-name US chains. Needless to say, if you care about your health, these meals should be avoided at all costs.
The The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently named and shamed the highest-calorie menu items from American fast food chains. Interestingly, the outlets you would expect to see like KFC, Burger King and McDonald's didn't actually make the cut. This just goes to show how far ahead of us America is when it comes to fast food - they're really playing on another level.
The following meals, drinks and desserts collectively pack in 65,145 kilojoules (kJ) with an average serving size of 1946 calories, or 8142kJ. That's most of your recommended daily energy intake in a single hit!
Here's the full list, courtesy of our friends at Business Insider. They're ranked from terrible to really terrible. (We'd recommend putting these on your bucket list, but you probably wouldn't make it to the end.)
The Cracker Barrel's Country Boy Breakfast: 6401kJ
"Enjoy three eggs, Fried Apples, Hashbrown Casserole and grits plus Two Pork Chops or Country Ham or Sirloin Steak. Comes with All the Fixin’s: Sawmill Gravy, homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, real butter and the best Preserves n’ Jam."
(1,530 calories, 25 grams of saturated fat, 4,730 milligrams of sodium.)
Sonic’s Oreo Peanut Butter Master Shake: 7196kJ
"Real Ice Cream mixed with rich peanut butter and Oreos into a thick and creamy shake, finished with whipped topping and a cherry."
(1720 calories, 48 grams of saturated fat, 52 grams of added sugar.)
Maggiano’s Today & Tomorrow Pastas: 7364kJ
"Order any of our Classic or Specialty pasta dishes to enjoy in our restaurant today. We'll give you a Classic pasta to take home as a meal for tomorrow!"
(1,760 calories, 41 grams of saturated fat, 2,990 milligrams of sodium.)
Topgolf Injectable Doughnut Holes: 8242kJ
"24 cinnamon donut holes served with two syringes filled with your choice of chocolate glaze, raspberry glaze or Bavarian cream. A sweet way to end your meal! These delectable delights are perfect for sharing."
(1,970 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat, 1,880 milligrams of sodium, 100 grams of added sugar.)
Chilli’s The Boss Burger: 8452kJ
"The burger all other burgers report to. Smoked brisket, tender rib meat, jalapeno-cheddar smoked sausage, bacon & cheddar with lettuce, tomato, House BBQ & house-made ranch. We. Dare. You."
(2,020-calorie meal, 47 grams of saturated fat, 3,900 milligram of sodium.)
The Cheesecake Factory Cinnamon Roll Pancakes: 8535kJ
"Two Breakfast Favorites Are Even Better Together with Our Buttermilk Pancakes Swirled with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar."
(2,040 calories, 51 grams of saturated fat, 2,950 milligrams of sodium, 137 grams of added sugar.)
Jimmy John’s The Giant: 9162.96kJ
"SALAMI, CAPICOLA, TURKEY, ROAST BEEF, HAM & PROVOLONE onion, lettuce, tomato, mayo, oil & vinegar, & oregano-basil"
(2190 calories, 29 grams of saturated fat, 7,720 milligrams of sodium.)
Dave & Buster's Chicken & Waffle Sliders: 9790.56kJ
"Crispy chicken, smoky sweet-heat sauce and applewood smoked bacon on mini Belgian waffles served with seasoned tots and a side of maple syrup."
(2340 calories, 38 grams of saturated fat, 3,420 milligrams of sodium, 98 grams of added sugar.)
According to BMC Public Health data, an average adult in the USA weighs over 80 kilograms. We think this "small" McDonald's cheeseburger meal might have something to do with it...
[Via Business Insider]