[dropcap]W[/dropcap]endy's is one of the most popular fast-food chains in the country, second only to McDonald's and Burger King. We've told you about the secret menu at Wendy's and we've given you all the details on their value menu, but what about what you shouldn't eat? Sure, fast food restaurants aren't known for being healthy - it's all about the burger, french fries, and milkshakes - but there are some menu items that you really shouldn't order if you care for your health. Here's our list of what not to eat at Wendy's if you value your health.
Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger Triple
Bacon tastes wonderful, but it's not the healthiest option for you to eat, especially when it comes with three hamburger patties, American cheese,, crispy fried onions,, and a smoky bourbon bacon sauce.
This burger has 1280 calories, 86 grams of fat (36 grams of saturated fat), and 1940 milligrams of sodium, and that's before you add fries and a Frosty, all of which puts you well over your day's worth of calories, fat, and sodium.
If you're really craving that smoky, crispy Applewood smoked bacon, go for the Big Bacon Classic. With half the amount of calories, 650 to be exact, this burger gives you all the bacon you need without the colossal amounts of calories, fat and sodium.
Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger Triple
Second verse, same as the first, only with creamy cheddar cheese, bacon jam and a cheddar bun. Astoundingly, this triple burger has even more calories, coming in at 1420 calories, 102 grams of fat (42 grams of saturated fat), and 2110 milligrams of sodium. If you think all that meat means a low-carb dream, this burger has 46 grams of carbs. The moral of the story here is, if you must get a burger with bacon, stick to one with only one hamburger patty.
To fulfill your bacon-cheddar dreams, try the Son of Baconator with cheddar cheese in place of American. This delicious burger clocks in at 630 calories and 40 g fat, meaning that you can enjoy it without ruining your meal plan for the day.
Sorry bacon lovers, there's more bacon on the list of Wendy's menu items to avoid. This breakfast sandwich with sausage, bacon, egg, and cheese comes in at 730 calories, 50 grams of fat, and 1750 milligrams of sodium. Making it a combo by adding seasoned potatoes as a side dish will add 200-400 calories, depending on the order size.
Although 730 calories doesn't sound so bad, part of the issue with this menu item is that it's meant for breakfast. Meaning that, before lunch, you've already eaten half of the calories recommended for the day. This sets up any health-conscious person for failure unless you can somehow make it through the day with a tiny lunch and dinner.
To start your day right, why not go for the Bacon, Egg & Swiss Croissant? You'll still get bacon, egg and cheese, but you'll get to start your day with a meal of only 410 calories, 23 grams of fat, and 900 milligrams of sodium.
Salads are supposed to be a healthy choice, right? Not so much when you cover salad greens in shredded cheese, sour cream, chili, and tortilla chips. This salad has a calorie count of 690, with 34 grams of fat (including one gram of trans fat) and 1890 milligrams of sodium. Just because it has "salad" in the name doesn't make it a healthy choice.
Try the Summer Strawberry Salad instead. With 380 calories, 19 grams of fat (7 grams of saturated fat) and 850 milligrams of sodium, this salad is as healthy as it is delicious. Plus, it's the perfect fruity salad for summer!
Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich
Chicken sandwiches are also supposed to be better for your waistline, but when it's crispy breaded chicken with bacon, pepper jack cheese, crunchy dill chips, habanero hot honey sauce and a toasted bun, well, it makes the list of what not to eat at Wendy's. The sandwich has 700 calories, 31 grams of fat, and 2040 milligrams of sodium.
To satisfy your chicken sandwich desires in a healthier way, try the simple Grilled Chicken Sandwich, which has 350 calories, 8 grams of fat and 850 milligrams of sodium. Featuring herb-marinated chicken
breast with smoky honey mustard, lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun, you'll be satisfied and energized for the day rather than struggling through work in a food coma.
This post was originally published on December 5, 2020.