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Turkey Sub, McDonald’s Oatmeal Among Worst “Healthy” Fast Foods

Some items that fast-food chains market as “healthy” are actually packed with fat and sodium, according to a recent PCRM report.

On PCRM’s list of the five worst “healthy” fast foods are Wendy’s Baja Salad with 1,990 milligrams of sodium and McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal with more calories than a hamburger and more sugar than many candy bars.

“Fast-food chains hope to cash in on consumer ignorance with labels like ‘fat-free’ and ‘low-calorie,’” says PCRM nutrition education director Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “But some of these foods contain more sugar, sodium, or fat than anyone should eat in an entire day.”

The five worst “healthy” fast-food items are:

Five Worst “Healthy” Fast-Food Items

Nutritional Shocker

Wendy’s Baja Salad

1,990 milligrams of sodium—more than most people should consume in an entire day.

McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

More sugar than a Snickers Bar.

Subway Fresh Fit 6” Turkey Breast Sub

With standards such as cheese and mayo, this “low-fat” sandwich jumps to 24 grams of fat. Contains processed meat, which is linked to increased cancer risk.

Sonic Strawberry Smoothie

More sugar than five Twinkies.

KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Contains PhIP, a chemical classified as a carcinogen by the federal government.

 



 

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