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Hidden Salad, Crouching Calories

Every fast food joint these days is offering salad. You can finally rejoice and celebrate, thankful that you can go out to eat anywhere and find a healthy option. But think twice before you break out the celebratory dance – these salads are WORSE for you than other items on the menu.

How can this be? Salad is supposed to be healthy, right?! Not when they are created by the same people who brought you Double Baconators, Big Macs and other towering burgers. Loaded with ‘crispy’ meat (which is breaded and fried) and high fat dressings, the evil ingredients in these choices outweigh the innocent vegetables.

Here is a look at the salads of three major fast food joints in the U.S., and their burger you could eat for the same nutritional value.

Burger King

Burger King was the only fast food chain that didn’t have a salad that was worse than one of their signature burgers. But they still don’t deserve kudos – a salad with this many calories is not to be taken lightly.


At McDonald’s you can eat the Cheeseburger for less calories and almost half the fat of the Bacon Ranch Salad w/ Crispy Chicken. As always, the home of Ronald McDonald never fails to feed the obese masses.


I’ve saved the best for last. You might think the salad is OBVIOUSLY the better option … but lo and behold, you could have the whopping, fat-filled burger and still be doing your body better. 1330 calories for the BLT Cobb Salad – you can have an entire dish at Chili’s PLUS some of a desert for this value. Shocking stuff.

Of course I’m not endorsing burgers over salad – my point is that these particular salads are no guilt-free fare. So the next time you think ‘I’ll just have a quick salad for lunch,’ you’re far better off packing your own quick container at home than sacrificing your entire diet for something disguised as healthy.


About The Muffin Top Cop

A health freak college student; what an oxymoron, right? Journalism major, 19 years young. I'm into food (of the healthy variety), fashion and living fit. I'm known in my family as the 'food police' - that pretty much sums me up!

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