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RUTHLESS RECIPES: an updated list of the top five worst fast food breakfasts

In 1973, McDonald’s first introduced its Egg McMuffin.  The sandwich consisted of an egg, a slice of ham and cheese served on a toasted english muffin.  The company later added a full slate of breakfast foods to its growing menu.  As early as 1987, the red-headed clown served nearly one-fourth of all breakfasts ordered from restaurants in the United States.

Now, over forty years later, Taco Bell is rolling out its new First Meal line of early-morning offerings and Wendy’s will soon be expanding its breakfast menu.  Other fast food chains are also beginning to place a similar emphasis on the market for breakfast.

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but that doesn’t mean that the fast food chains are exclusively offering decent, healthy foods.  Shocker, eh?  Well, the following meals are particularly atrocious:

SUBWAY’S FOOTLONG MEGA BREAKFAST SANDWICHJared Fogle tipped the scales at 425 pounds, but lost over half of his weight by eating nothing but Subway sandwiches for a little less than a year.  The fast food chain capitalized on his weight loss by hiring him as a spokesman for the company, and Jared has now appeared in around twenty commercials touting the healthy benefits of Subway’s offerings.  You won’t hear him say a word about Subway’s Footlong Mega Breakfast Sandwich.  The freakish combination of eggs, bacon and sausage weighs in at 1,310 calories and contains 79 grams of fat, 31 grams of saturated fat, 550 milligrams of cholesterol and an absurd 3,190 milligrams of sodium.  It’s closely followed by the Footlong Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich, which lightens the load by around 100 calories and 370 milligrams of sodium.  Jared is ashamed.

MCDONALD’S BIG BREAKFAST WITH HOT CAKES.  Eating McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Hot Cakes will lead to a big belly, the need for big clothes and big risks to your health.  The offering is a dangerous combination of two pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage… and a buttermilk biscuit… and hash browns.  The company has somehow managed to pack 1,090 calories into the meal, which fittingly compliments its 56 grams of fat, 19 grams of saturated fat, 575 milligrams of cholesterol and 2,150 milligrams of sodium.  Do yourself a favor and eat scrap metal instead – the hardware may not be as flavorful, but it should prove to be a much healthier alternative.

BURGER KING’S BK ULTIMATE BREAKFAST PLATTERBurger King‘s sales have been slipping.  It’s same-store sales are down nearly 4%, and analysts predict that it will now trail both McDonald’s and Wendy’s in gross sales.  It gets an “A” for effort, though, as its BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter somehow manages to dwarf McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Hotcakes.  The chain is almost inexplicably able to fill a plate with scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, a biscuit and three pancakes.   The resulting mess contains over 1300 calories, 72 grams of fat, 26 grams of saturated fat, 455 milligrams or cholesterol and 2,490 milligrams of sodium.  The chain was even thoughtful enough to include a bit of trans fat in the mix.

CINNABON’S CARAMEL PECANBON.   I feel a little guilty about including this entry, because any franchise that believes that Life Needs Frosting probably isn’t the mecca of health.   This is almost like shooting fish in a barrel, except that one of the fish is really a Caramel Pecanbon that somehow packs in nearly 1,000 calories and almost a full day’s worth of total fatOkay, I don’t feel guilty anymore.

HARDEE’S COUNTRY FRIED STEAK ‘N’ GRAVY BREAKFAST PLATTER.  Earlier this month, Hardee’s proudly announced that it would begin offering its Country Fried Steak ‘N’ Gravy Breakfast Platter, a four piece meal includes a breaded beefsteak smothered in sausage gravy, hash rounds, eggs and a buttermilk biscuit.  The combination isn’t quite as bad as it sounds, but still provides a hefty 660 calories, derives nearly three-fourths of its calories from 42 grams of fat and 13 grams of saturated fat and includes nearly a full day’s worth of sodium.  The company accurately describes the assemblage as a “stick-to-your-ribs breakfast staple,” that also  continues the franchise’s “fine tradition at breakfast.”  The second quote may be spot-on, but only if that tradition includes its Big Country Breakfast Platter with Bacon, Syrup, Jam and Butter and the gut bomb that it refers to as its Loaded Breakfast Burrito.

On a somewhat related note, yesterday was National Blueberry Pancake Day and tomorrow marks the celebration of National Croissant Day.  Read into that whatever you will…


FIT FOR A KING: obesity rates finally plateau, but fast food franchise plans a return to fonder, fatter days

Well, at least we can start the new year with a bit of positive news:  obesity rates may have plateaued.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that shows that the prevalence of obesity may no longer be increasing at historic rates.   Cynthia Ogden, the lead author of the report, summarized its conclusions by explaining that

[t]here is really a slowing down of the rapid increase in the prevalence of obesity that we saw in the 1980s and 1990s… Those increases we saw earlier are not continuing, and we may be seeing a plateau.

The results are encouraging, especially considering that obesity rates nearly doubled during the two previous decades.  The epidemic still needs significant attention, however, because obesity continues to be prevalent throughout a broad spectrum of the population.  Approximately 35.5% of adult males and 35.8% of adult females are still obese.  Approximately 16.9% of children and adolescents also remain obese.  An additional 33% of adults and 15% of children and adolescents are overweight but not obese.  Society needs to make considerable progress in addressing its health and well-being.

Burger King wants you to know that it’s doing everything that it can to address the issue.  At the same time that the media was reporting the latest findings about the plateauing of obesity, it was also covering the franchise’s decision to test the feasibility of delivering fast food directly to its customers’ doorsteps.

/sigh.  Two steps forward and one step back.

In the past, customers needed to actually drive to a fast food franchise to purchase a Triple Whopper with Cheese, a large order of onion rings and a large chocolate shake.  This was apparently too much to ask, served as a detriment to the company’s business, and left many hungry adults and children in need of caloric satisfaction. If all goes as planned, the Home of the Whopper will now be bringing the whopper to our homes.  We’ll only need to momentarily relinquish the remote control and make a brief telephone call to celebrate the greasy goodness of the BK Triple Stacker with a side order of french-fry shaped chicken pieces.

Don’t mind me.  I’ll just skitter off to the kitchen and monotonously bang my head against the wall… over, and over, and over again.


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