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Trans-Fats in Fast Foods

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The Truly Unhealthy Fatty Acid

If you're wanting to gain a higher level of health while losing pounds, then staying away from foods that are mined with such is an excellent starting point.

Even for those individuals who aren't seeking to lower the numbers on their bathroom scales - eradicating Trans fats from their daily diet may save them from future health woes - such as heart attack and stroke. Not fun things...

But of course, the foods that contain such are sure fun to eat.

Most are very flavorful because fatty acids are one of the things that increase flavors; the same applies to salt which is one of the most inexpensive seasonings at the market. It's why restaurants make use of such with a heavy hand at times - to add more flavor, to hide the blandness of at times, an inferior product.

One of the hot spots where these babies live is at common favorite fast food establishments. At this writing, the following data chart depicts the number of gram (G) contained in popular items off the menus.

From the menu, the following selections contain the most grams of Trans fat: Baked Apple Pie at almost 5 grams, fries with the large contains 8 g, and the cinnamon roll selections. Note that the apple pie is a baked item; generally we associate risk factors with fried foods but such is not always the case.

Items to monitor on the menu include the following selections: Nachos Bellgrande at 7 grams and the Taco Salad - although it's a salad and even if it is prepared Fresco Style. Unfortunately, the nutrition facts indicate that the leanest grind of the beef isn't being used and an unhealthy content of fatty acids is the result.

The Health Factor

Why is this type of lipid so unhealthy? So risky to the body's welfare?

Trans-fats encourage abdominal weight gain, commonly referred to as belly fat. We've all heard by now the famous apple-pear theory, of how apples tend to be in worse shape than pears and are at higher risk for some diseases - such as heart related.

Along this line, Trans as well as other lipids such as saturated fats collect in the abdominal region, thus rendering that apple shape in some individuals. Those that are of the pear shaped variety will store the excess energy in the lower extremities of the body - the hips and thighs.

Why doesn't everyone store excess energy alike? Because of the composite of the gene pool which chiefly decides our longevity and quality of health. While it's king, there are things that we can do to combat those undesirable genes and their negative impact on our body. Such as limiting foods that contain the unhealthy, offending elements.

Trans Fat Grams in Fast Foods

Foods Containing Trans Fats

Total Grams

Foods Containing Trans Fats

Total Grams

Burger King

Wendy's

Burger King Original Chicken Sandwich, 1 item

1.8

Biggie Fries

5.7

Burger King Vanilla Shake, 1 medium

1.2

Chicken Nuggets, 5 Nuggets

2.5

McDonalds

Baked Apple Pie, 1 pie

4.7

McFlurry With Oreo Cookies, 1-16 ounce

2.8

Biscuit, 1 biscuit

4.8

Quarter Pounder With Cheese, 1 item

1.7

Chicken McNuggets, 20 piece

4.9

Sausage Biscuit, 1 biscuit

4.9

Deluxe Cinnamon Roll, 1 roll

6.4

Sausage, Egg, Cheese McGriddle, 1 item

1.6

French Fries, Large

8.0

Warm Cinnamon Roll, 1 roll

4.4

French Fries, Medium

5.4

Creamy Ranch Sauce - 1.5 ounces

0.082

French Fries, Small

3.5

McDonaldland Chocolate Chip Cookies - 2 ounces

0.5

Hashbrowns, 1 item

2

McDonaldland Cookies - 2 ounces

2.5

Triple Thick Strawberry Shake, 1 large, 32 ounce

1.8

Newman's Own Cobb Dressing - 2 fluid ounces

0.006

Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Cone - 1 cone

0.252

Newman's Own Creamy Caesar Dressing - 2 fluid ounces

0.289

 

 

Newman's Own Creamy Caesar Dressing - 2 fluid ounces

0.289

Taco Bell

Gordita Supreme® - Beef

0.5

Fiesta Burrito - Chicken

1.5

Spicy Chicken Soft Taco

0.5

Chili Cheese Burrito, Fresco Style

1.5

Grilled Steak Soft Taco - Fresco Style

0.5

Gordita Nacho Cheese - Beef

1.5

Chicken Ranchero Taco - Fresco Style

0.5

Fiesta Burrito - Steak

1.5

Gordita Baja® - Beef

0.5

Enchirito® - Steak

1.5

Taco

0.5

Enchirito® - Chicken

1.5

Taco Supreme® - Beef - Fresco Style

0.5

DOUBLE DECKER® Taco

1.5

Chicken Ranchero Taco

0.5

Fiesta Burrito - Chicken, Fresco Style

1.5

Gordita Supreme® - Steak

0.5

Burrito Supreme® - Steak, Fresco Style

1.5

Taco, Beef - Fresco Style

0.5

Fiesta Burrito - Steak, Fresco Style

1.5

Mexican Rice

0.5

Burrito Supreme® - Chicken, Fresco Style

1.5

Grilled Steak Soft Taco

1

Chalupa Baja - Beef

2

MexiMelt®

1

Chicken Quesadilla

2

Pintos 'n Cheese

1

Bean Burrito, Fresco Style

2

Soft Taco - Beef - Fresco Style

1

Chalupa Nacho Cheese - Beef, Fresco Style

2

Gordita Nacho Cheese - Chicken

1

Steak Quesadilla

2

Style Soft Taco Supreme® - Beef - Fresco Style

1

Chalupa Baja - Beef - Fresco Style

2

Taco Supreme®

1

Burrito Supreme® - Beef, Fresco Style

2

Soft Taco - Beef

1

 Chalupa Supreme - Beef, Fresco Style

2

Cinnamon Twists

1

 Chalupa Supreme - Steak, Fresco Style

2

Tostada

1.5

Chalupa Supreme - Chicken

2

Gordita Nacho Cheese - Steak

1.5

Chalupa Nacho Cheese - Chicken, Fresco Style

2

Spicy Chicken Burrito

1.5

Cheese Quesadilla

2

Chili Cheese Burrito

1.5

Chalupa Supreme - Steak

2

Enchirito® - Beef

1.5

Bean Burrito

2

Fiesta Burrito - Beef, Fresco Style

1.5

DOUBLE DECKER® Taco Supreme®

2

Burrito Supreme® - Steak

2

Chalupa Baja - Chicken, Fresco Style

2

Southwest Steak Bowl

2.5

1/2 lb Beef Combo Burrito

2

Southwest Steak Bowl

2.5

Fiesta Burrito - Beef

2

7-Layer Burrito, Fresco Style

2.5

Chalupa Baja - Steak, Fresco Style

2

Chalupa Supreme - Beef

2.5

 Chalupa Supreme - Chicken, Fresco Style

2

Grande Soft Taco

2.5

Chalupa Baja - Chicken

2

Express Taco Salad /w Chips

2.5

Chalupa Baja - Steak

2

Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Steak, Fresco Style

2.5

Burrito Supreme® - Chicken

2

Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Chicken, Fresco Style

2.5

Burrito Supreme® - Beef

2

Zesty Chicken BORDER BOWL™

2.5

Chalupa Nacho Cheese - Steak, Fresco Style

2

7-Layer Burrito

2.5

1/2 lb Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito

3

Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Chicken

2.5

Chalupa Nacho Cheese - Beef

3

Caramel Apple Empanada

3

Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Beef, Fresco Style

3

Chalupa Nacho Cheese - Steak

3

Nachos Supreme

3

Cheesy Fiesta Potatoe

3

Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Steak

3

Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Steak

3

Chalupa Nacho Cheese - Chicken

3

Nachos

3

Grilled Stuffed Burrito - Beef

3

Crunchwrap Supreme™

3.5

Mexican Pizza

3.5

Fiesta Taco Salad

5

1/2 lb Beef and Potato Burrito

3.5

Nachos BellGrande®

7

 

 

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