5 Worst Fast Food Meals to Get Your Child

4. Wendy’s – Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, Small Natural-Cut Fries with Ketchup, Jr. Chocolate Frosty

The ever-shrinking Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger leads this meal in its 810 calories. That’s about half of what your child probably needs for the day, depending on age. There’s also 1,180 mg of sodium, and 32 grams of sugar. That’s more sugar than the average adult should consume.

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You’re better off going with something like this:

Half-Size Asian Cashew Chicken Salad with Light Honey French Dressing, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potato, and Small Minute Maid Light Lemonade. Going with a salad and baked potato will ultimately be more filling, but doesn’t have nearly as much sodium. Your body will be much happier.

3. Burger King – Crispy Chicken Jr., Small Onion Rings, Small Cherry Coke

Here’s where we learn the shocking truth that, in the world of fast food, chicken is actually less healthy than beef. This meal will give your child 900 calories, 1,605 mg of sodium, and 50 grams of sugar, with a whopping 840 mg of sodium in the onion rings alone.

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Try this instead:

4-Piece Chicken Nuggets with Barbeque Sauce, Apple Slices, and Capri Sun Apple Juice. There aren’t many healthy options for dipping sauces at BK, but barbeque is the least terrible for your child.

Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.
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