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    The Worst Drive-Thru Foods in America (And What to Eat Instead!) on Yahoo! Health

    Time and money are two things Americans can't afford to waste. So it's not surprising (though slightly disappointing) that the drive-thru is considered one of the greatest inventions of all time. There's even a study to prove it. In 2005 and 2006, researchers asked 600 adults and teens why they eat so much fast food. Three of the top four responses? It's quick, easy, and affordable. Taste came in third, with only 69 percent of respondents listing flavor as a factor in their fast-food love.
    Drive-thru foods may be convenient and easy on the wallet, but they're loaded with unhealthy fats, added sugars, carbohydrates, and sodium. Translation: They're no bargain at all when it comes to your health. But jam-packed schedules and a dismal economy make the occasional drive-thru meal a part of life. That's why Eat This, Not That!studied the open-air menu boards and compiled a list of the worst items out there, plus better alternatives. Avoid these dietary land mines and save more than a few minutes and a couple of bucks—how does up to 20 pounds in a year sound?

    McDonald's Large Triple Thick Chocolate Milkshake
    1160 calories
    27 g fat (16 g saturated fat)
    168 g sugar
    510 mg sodium
    You'd be better off eating two Quarter Pounders than sucking down one of these belt-breaking shakes. Steer clear of milkshakes at the golden arches. If you have to have a frozen dessert, order a vanilla ice cream cone to save more than 1,000 calories. Make swaps like that every week and watch the pounds melt off!
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    Vanilla Reduced-Fat Ice Cream Cone
    150 calories
    3.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat)
    18 g sugars
    60 mg sodium
    Check out our list of the 20 worst drinks in America to see other equally atrocious beverages. It's possible to lose more than 30 pounds of fat a year--just by focusing on what you drink!

    Burger King Spicy Chick'n Crisp Sandwich
    450 calories
    30 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
    810 mg sodium
    Lean economic times make the value menu more appealing than ever. And that's fine—most dollar menus have a few sensible items. But if you eat this sandwich often, saving a few bucks will quickly result in a surplus around your waistline.
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    Whopper Jr. without mayo
    290 calories
    12 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat)
    500 mg sodium

    Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Beef Burrito
    680 calories
    30 g fat (10 g saturated fat)
    2120 mg sodium
    Ditch this and order two grilled steak soft tacos (or any menu item) "fresco" style, and the Bell boys will replace cheese and sauces with a chunky tomato salsa, helping to cut calories in half and fat by at least 25 percent.
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    Two Grilled Steak Soft Tacos, Fresco Style
    320 calories
    9 g fat (3 g saturated fat)
    1100 mg sodium

    Sonic Chicken Club TOASTER Sandwich
    742 calories
    46 g fat (11 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
    1,742 mg sodium
    How can a chicken sandwich pack so much fat? Start with a fried chicken breast, add bacon, cheese, and mayo, and you're there. Add to that the sodium equivalent of 53 saltine crackers, and you're looking at a serious dietary disaster. Ditch the chicken for beef and save 10 grams of fat.
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    Sonic Burger with Mustard
    540 calories
    25 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
    730 mg sodium

    Hardee's Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich
    800 calories
    37 g fat (6 g saturated fat)
    1890 mg sodium
    A general rule: Avoid sandwiches with words like "big" and "monster" in the name. Hardee's Monster Thickburger is another example—it comes in at 1,420 calories, 108 grams of fat, and more saturated fat than you want in 2 days.
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    Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich
    415 calories
    5 g fat (1 g saturated fat)
    1175 mg sodium

    Arby's Roast Beef and Swiss Market Fresh Sandwich
    810 calories
    42 g fat (13 g saturated fat)
    1780 mg sodium
    The unwholesome trinity of mayo, Italian sub sauce, and processed Swiss cheese make this sandwich the clear loser in the battle of the beef. The Super Roast Beef replaces mayo with a low-cal spicy pepper sauce and totals 370 fewer calories.
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    Super Roast Beef
    440 calories
    19 g fat (7 g saturated fat)
    1061 mg sodium

    Burger King Kids Double Cheeseburger and Kids Fries with Small Coke
    950 calories
    42 g fat (17 g saturated fat, 4.5 g trans fats)
    1,410 mg sodium
    BK's dubious double burger earns the distinction of being the fattiest meal for an on-the-go kid, with nearly a day's worth of saturated fat for the average 8-year-old.
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    4-piece Chicken Tenders with Strawberry-Flavored Applesauce and unlimited water
    280 calories
    11 g fat (3 g saturated fat)
    440 mg sodium

    Dairy Queen 6-Piece Chicken Strip Basket
    1,270 calories
    67 g fat (11 g saturated fat)
    2,910 mg sodium
    These strips deliver more grams of fat than four DQ Homestyle Burgers, and nearly 300 more calories than a Large Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard.
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    Grilled Chicken Salad with Fat-Free Italian Dressing
    280 calories
    11 g fat (5 g saturated)
    1,550 mg sodium

    Jack in the Box Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
    740 calories
    55 g fat (17 g saturated fat)
    1430 mg sodium
    Skip biscuits at all costs. This one contains nearly a full day's worth of saturated fat (check out the 12 worst breakfast foods in the supermarket for other must-have tips on starting your morning right--rather than with a rude awakening!). Instead try the Bacon Breakfast Jack--16 grams of protein makes it a surprisingly good way to start your day.
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    Bacon Breakfast Jack
    300 calories
    14 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
    730 mg sodium

    Arby's Large Mozzarella Sticks
    849 calories
    56 g fat (26 g saturated fat)
    2730 mg sodium

    Anything with as much saturated fat as a Triple Whopper should not be called a side. If it's cheese you crave, order the French Dip ‘N Swiss or Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich instead to save more than 500 calories.
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    Martha's Vineyard Salad with Light Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
    389 calories
    14 g fat (5 g saturated)
    923 mg sodium

    Jack in the Box Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges
    720 calories
    48 g fat (15 g saturated fat, 12 g trans fats)
    1,360 mg sodium
    48 g carbohydrates
    You probably don't need us to tell you that bacon, cheese, and fried potatoes are not a healthful trio. What's worse, though, is that Jack in the Box cooks in trans-fatty vegetable shortening, which has been linked to heart disease. It's no secret that French fries can ruin an otherwise sensible meal, but these things take destruction to another level entirely.
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    Mozzarella Cheese Sticks (3)
    240 calories
    12 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fats)
    420 mg sodium

    Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
    800 calories
    60 g fat (12 g saturated fat)
    1745 mg sodium
    With 17 more grams of fat than Taco Bell's Fiesta Taco Salad, this is the worst salad from any drive-thru. The dressing alone sets you back 42.5 grams of fat.
    Take a look at our list of the worst salads in America and see how this one compares.
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    Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Salad with Fat-Free Honey Mustard Dressing
    360 calories
    8 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat)
    1170 mg sodium

    Dairy Queen Large Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard
    990 calories
    39 g fat (24 g saturated fat)
    114 g sugars
    This creation combines ice cream, strawberry syrup, and hunks of cheesecake for a high-fat dairy dessert. If you're set on a Blizzard, go bananas. A small Banana Split Blizzard has 7 fewer fat grams than the small Oreo, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup, or Strawberry Cheesequake flavors. Or stray from the Blizzard and satisfy your sweet tooth with a small chocolate sundae instead to save major calories and fat.
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    Small Chocolate Sundae
    280 calories
    7 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat)
    42 g sugars

    Burger King BIG FISH Sandwich with Tartar Sauce
    640 calories
    32 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
    1540 mg sodium
    Fish is only healthy when it's not breaded and fried in partially hydrogenated oil. Here, the fry treatment translates into a bunch of unhealthy fat and 108 grams of carbohydrates.
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    Whopper Jr. without mayo and Garden Salad
    365 calories
    12 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat)
    1230 mg sodium

    Hardee's Monster Thickburger
    1,420 calories
    108 g fat (43 g saturated fat)
    2,770 mg sodium
    230 mg cholesterol

    This burger is called "Monster" for a reason. It's got the caloric equivalent of almost six McDonald's hamburgers, the saturated fat equivalent of 43 strips of Oscar Mayer bacon, and the sodium equivalent of 84 saltine crackers. You'll almost satisfy your entire day's worth of calories in one sitting, so opt for the significantly less monstrous Low-Carb Thickburger, instead, and save 1,000 calories that you can allocate to more deserving and nutritious fare.
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    Low Carb Thickburger
    420 calories
    32 g fat (12 g saturated fat)
    1.010 mg sodium

    Arby's Roast Turkey and Swiss Market Fresh Sandwich
    708 calories
    29 g fat (8 g saturated fat)
    1,676 mg sodium
    Avoid any sandwich made on honey wheat bread: Two slices contain a staggering 361 calories and 68 grams of carbs. Cut those in half by sticking to a sesame bun.
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    Chicken Cordon Blue Sandwich (grilled)
    488 calories
    18 g fat (4 g saturated fat)
    1,560 mg sodium

    Jack in the Box Chipotle Chicken Ciabatta
    690 calories
    28 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
    1850 mg sodium
    Unlike many other fast food restaurants that have made the shift away from trans fats, Jack in the Box's menu has a number of items with more than 5 grams of the stuff—and some with up to 13 grams of it! There's no"safe" level of trans fats, but the recommendation is that you don't eat more than 2 grams of the heart-harming junk per day. Add fries to this sandwich, and you'll take in three and a half times your daily limit.
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    Chicken Fajita Pita
    300 calories
    9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat)
    1090 mg sodium

    Carl's Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger
    with Medium Natural cut Fries and 32 oz Coke
    2,618 Calories
    144 g fat (51.5 g saturated fat)
    2892 mg sodium

    Of all the gut-growing, heart-stopping, life-threatening burgers in the fast food world, there is none whose damage to your general well-being is as catastrophic as this. Consider these heart-stopping comparisons: This meal has the caloric equivalent of 13 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts; the saturated fat equivalent of 52 strips of bacon; and the salt equivalent of seven and a half large orders of McDonald's French fries!
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    Famous Star with Side Salad with Low Fat Balsamic Dressing and 32 oz Iced Tea
    685 calories
    38 g fat (10.5 g saturated fat)
    1520 mg sodium

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