Exhaustive Fast Food Nutrition Information
Fast Food Restaurants & Nutrition Facts Compared (A Calorie Counter) took the time to painstakingly combine the published nutrition (if you can call it that) information for the largest fast food chains in America.
A few tidbits:
- In the french fries department, Dairy Queen at 1530mg delivers almost five times the sodium of McDonald’s fries and 730 kCal for their large size.
- Carl’s Jr weighs in with a regular hamburger that has 470 kCal and 1060mg of sodium.
- The unlimited weight class for sandwiches/burgers has dozens with over 1500mg sodium and several contenders with over 1000 kCal, but Carl’s Jr prevails again with a “Double Six Dollar Burger” that has 2760 mg of sodium, 1520 kCal and 111 grams of fat.
- In the chicken department, Dairy Queen is back with a single piece of chicken that has 1270 kCal, 2910 mg of sodium and 67 grams of fat.
- There was no clear winner, with the best statistics usually going to the restaurant that offered the smallest serving size (White Castle won with their tiny burgers and McDonald’s was a clear favorite with their smaller breakfast biscuit).
- In the pizza category, Pizza Hut delivers with a single slice of 14" large cheese pizza 390 kCal, 19 grams of fat and 800 mg of sodium, whereas Little Caesar’s does much better with 200 kCal, 7 grams of fat and only 340 grams of sodium.
As the site says, their statistics were collected in November 2007. The statistic that jumps out the most, though, is the amount of sodium in these meals: the standard recommended daily allowance of sodium for a normal adult is about 2500mg. Eating fries and chicken at Dairy Queen—for one meal—gets you 3440mg of sodium.