Most unhealthy fast food is consumed daily without people realizing its health implications. Who cares when you’ve got a hot sausage, egg and cheese croissant to go with a frosty chocolate shake? But… most unhealthy fast foods are typically high in calories, full of sodium and loaded with saturated fat—the type of fat that clogs up your arteries and leads to heart disease.
These are the top 20 most unhealthy fast food items you probably consume daily:
20.) Chili Cheese Fries
On those days when you have a massive appetite, that picture of chili cheese fries probably calls right out to you. However, you should probably ignore the beckoning sounds of the chili cheese fries, because it’s one of the most unhealthy fast foods.
A medium order has nearly 470 calories. While that might not sound terrible if that’s your big splurge for the day, keep in mind that you’re also getting nearly 950 milligrams of sodium and 7.5 grams of saturated fat.
Even if you nix the toppings, a 4-ounce medium order of plain fries still has around 335 calories, 360 milligrams of sodium and over 3 grams of saturated fat.
However, you need to know that when you eat a lot of fries, you are ingesting starch and added salt, as well as fats from the oil used to make them. So, if you consume French fries in excess, it may lead to type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer.
Also, if you are pregnant, you want to stay off the fries because they contain acrylamide.
Acrylamide is a cancer-causing chemical which is found in starchy foods fried at temperatures of more than 365°F.
Research has discovered that mothers-to-be who have a high intake of acrylamide are more likely to have a baby with a smaller head circumference.
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