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11 Scary Fast Food Breakfasts

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11 Scary Fast Food Breakfasts

How would you like to meet your daily sodium and saturated fat allowance, as well as nearly half of your daily calorie needs, in one quick breakfast eaten on the road? It’s becoming progressively easy these day as food technicians, chefs and market researchers, holed away in corporate fast food “studios,” are busy developing monstrous new breakfast items. Trying to claim as much of the $57 billion fast food breakfast market as they can, the fast food giants are drumming up increasingly cheesy, steak-y, fried chicken-y breakfast dishes that tap into flavor combinations that have proven successful for lunch and dinner items. It’s no longer eggs and English muffins for fast food breakfast…breakfast burger anyone?

What’s most striking about some of these high-calorie items–aside from the unsustainable, industrial, often GMO and synthetic ingredients–is the very high sodium and saturated fat content. According to the USDA, the current recommendation for sodium consumption is less than 2,300 milligrams a day. For saturated fat, the maximum allowance is between 18 grams to 31 grams, depending on your caloric intake needs. (You can calculate your caloric need with this calculator from the Mayo Clinic.) Many of these breakfast items meet or exceed the daily sodium and fat allowances, and provide much more than one-third of your daily caloric needs.

1. Carl’s Jr Breakfast Burger
Yes, I’m afraid you read that right, “breakfast” and “burger” in the same menu item. How do you turn a regular burger into a breakfast burger? By adding not only an egg–but an egg, bacon, American cheese and hash brown nuggets too!

Calories: 780
Fat Calories: 370
Total Fat: 51 grams
Sat Fat: 15 grams
Sodium: 1460

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:50PM PDT on Sep 12, 2015

Thank you.

2:05AM PDT on Aug 18, 2015

I hate click-through articles.

5:14PM PDT on Jul 7, 2015

thanks, another 20 points today

5:13PM PDT on Jul 7, 2015

remember having a list on one page...perhaps with "hot links" pardon the pun.....would make the article faster....all yucky

11:18PM PDT on Jun 8, 2015


6:27AM PDT on Jun 8, 2015

Thank you

6:26AM PDT on Jun 8, 2015

Thank you

1:20PM PDT on Mar 11, 2015

thanks again, another 20 pts

2:42PM PST on Nov 12, 2014

Convenience has its price.

10:45AM PST on Nov 12, 2014

Thanks for sharing

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