Quick: which fast-food sandwich
do you think has more fat and calories, a McDonald’s Big Mac or Wendy’s Asiago Ranch Chicken Club? If you guessed the Big Mac, you’d be wrong by nearly 10 grams of fat and almost 200 calories.
The Big Mac is still the standard-bearer of fattening fast-food sandwiches, but in reality, these days it doesn’t hold a candle to some of the other offerings out there. As the American palate demands larger and larger portions of food, packed with as many toppings as possible, fast-food chains have been more than happy to rise to the occasion. In the 1960s the concept of a burger with 93 grams of fat and 1,300 calories was unheard of (original McDonald’s hamburgers only contain 9 grams of fat and 250 calories), but that’s exactly what’s on offer at Hardee’s, by way of their Monster Thickburger. And if you had told someone 30 years ago that a salad could contain more than 40 grams of fat they’d have laughed at you, but that was long before Taco Bell introduced their Fiesta Taco Salad with beef.