Burger King is the unhealthiest fast-food chain in the United States, according to registered dietitian Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, based on five main factors: calories, fat, saturated fat and content. in sodium from menu items, and to what extent is this possible? is to make a healthy choice.
After reviewing Burger King‘s menu, Goodson pointed out that it had a higher overall calorie count than even McDonald’s, their closest competitor.
She observed that most Burger King items are high in calories, with some exceeding 1,000 calories, adding that the average chicken burger or sandwich contains over 2,000 milligrams of sodium.
She added that while Burger King’s Whopper is quite comparable to McDonald’s Big Mac, Whopper’s sodium level is 980 milligrams while Big Mac’s is 940 milligrams.
Due to the higher sodium content, the Whopper ultimately contains 120 more calories than the Big Mac.
It was the worst pick in this category for the Ch’King, the chain’s new signature chicken sandwich. Chicken sandwiches are typically high in fat and salt, but even among the most unhealthy options available today, the Spicy Ch’King stands out as an overkill option in every way.
Even with all the fried foods in between the bread, Wendy’s Classic Big Bacon Cheddar has 810 calories, 45 grams of fat, and 2,250 milligrams of sodium. Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich has 700 calories, 42 grams of fat, and 1,473 milligrams of sodium.
However, don’t blame it all on the sandwiches, adds Goodson. “A lot of Burger King side dishes fall into the ‘less than ideal’ category,” she said.
“Burger King and McDonald’s have a lot of high-calorie fried dishes, but they don’t have grilled items on the menu! I don’t see any salads or grilled chicken sandwiches,” Goodson says.
While Burger King largely only offers fried options, McDonald’s narrowly avoids becoming the unhealthiest chain due to its apple slices and some healthier breakfast items, Goodson says.
Goodson thinks customers can make a smart nutritional choice at most places, and while the options may be slim, there’s often at least an item or two available.