Suicide Burger among Five Worst Fast-Food Secret Menu Items
Secret menus at McDonald’s, Chipotle, and other restaurants are the latest dangerous fast-food tactic used to deceive customers. These unregulated menus leave customers playing Russian roulette with their health, according to a new report from the Physicians Committee.
Some secret menu items are created by fast-food companies and posted on their websites, such as those at Panera and In-N-Out Burger. Others are created by customers and unofficially circulated via word of mouth, such as the Monster Mac at McDonald’s. Either way, calorie counts for these items do not have to be posted in restaurants because they are technically off-menu.
“The Monster Mac at McDonald’s or Burger King’s Suicide Burger should not get a get-out-of-jail-free card,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee. “Nutrition information protects consumers and helps them make educated choices. It would be a lot harder for a conscious consumer to purchase a Monster Mac if a whopping 1,390 calories was listed alongside it. Restaurants using this secret menu loophole are deceptive and deadly.”
Based on the ingredients described in recently revealed fast-food secret menu items, dietitians collected data from restaurant websites and other sources to conduct a nutritional analysis. The report highlights McDonald’s Monster Mac as the worst offender with 1,390 calories, 2,920 milligrams of sodium, and 92 grams of fat in the eight-burger sandwich. Multiply the staggering fat, cholesterol, and sodium of a single Big Mac by about eight to approximate McDonald’s secret Monster Mac.
To find out the other meals on the Five Worst Fast-Food Secret Menu Items report, visit PCRM.org/SecretMenu.