The not-so-ultimate meal deal: the worst fast food you can buy
Packing an artery-clogging 5085 kilojoules, 80.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of sodium, the Hungry Jack’s Ultimate Double Whopper has been named the unhealthiest single menu option in Australian fast food.
Consumer advocate CHOICE looked at all items on offer at major Australian fast food outlets, and Hungry Jack’s claimed not only the title but also the second position with its Angry Angus Double Burger, with 3276 kilojoules, 52.1 grams of fat and 17 grams of sodium.
The Ultimate Double Whopper contains nearly 60 per cent of the average recommended daily energy intake. But to add to that the meal-deal options of chips and a soft-drink and there isn’t much room to move if planning on keeping your kilojoule consumption below the advised intake.
“Lets face it, not many of us go to a fast food outlet for a salad,” CHOICE spokeswoman Ingrid Just said.
“When you add chips and a soft drink to something like the Ultimate Double Whopper, you’re consuming a day’s worth of kilojoules in one meal.
“It’s a safe bet not many of us would realise that. We need better information about the fast food were buying.”
A regular fries from Hungry Jack’s carries 1566 kilojoules, 19.5 grams of fat and four grams of sodium, while a regular Coca-Cola is 817 kilojoules and 48.1 grams of sugar.
The Crispy Chicken Bacon Deluxe from McDonald’s weighted in at 3570 kilojoules with a small fries. Two pieces of Original Recipe chicken with small chips from KFC packs 3023 kilojoules and 41.1 grams of fat.
Ms Just said pizza stores including Domino’s and Pizza Hut also rated poorly. Two slices of Domino’s Meatball and Rasher Bacon Edge pizza or Pizza Hut’s deep-pan BBQ Meat Lover’s pizza both contained more than 2000 kilojoules.
CHOICE is pushing for all states to join New South Wales, which has introduced legislation for any store with more than 20 outlets to have kilojoule details displayed on their menus.
Would be even better if Choice and other’s came out and showed the ‘snacking public’ the real dangers of eating any foods from take-a-way outlets. Dangers such as trans fats – dangers like hidden chemical additives which can be carcinogenic – dangers such as food colourings which are known to cause and irritate food sensitive people, possibly leading to hyperactivity in children and susceptible adults.
Perhaps Choice and other’s would care to do a comparison, as in the ingredient contents and nutrition information in one of these humongous meals, versus a simple yet filling home-made alternative. Even grabbing an apple or banana to fend off hunger till dinner is served.
Fast food does not simply refer to the speed by which a take-a-way is served in the store. Remember that fast food damages your entire system ultra fast as well. Think on that next time you are tempted to call for a fast meal, a drive in or any other form of prepared, prepackaged, processed food. Fast food kills and damages quickly!