Burger King Nutrition
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Burger King Nutrition Facts

How do Burger King nutrition facts stack up against other fast food places?

As you would expect there is not much to choose between a Big Mac and a Whopper.

But Burger King is just around the corner, you are having a fast food craving, and you know you shouldn’t but… you are going in. So just how much damage to your waistline are you going to with the Burger King menu?
 

If you watch calories or cholesterol, by now you should be in tune with the fact that anything grilled is better than anything fried, and salad is good as long as you stick with fat free dressing. This rule holds true at Burger King as it does in most of the fast food places. But be careful with Burger King’s chicken salad if you watch your cholesterol. Even the grilled chicken salad has 80 milligrams of cholesterol.

Here are some more facts from the Burger King nutrition chart to help you make the best possible choices.

The  TENDERGRILL® Breaded Tender Crisp Salad has 410 calories,  22 grams of fat, and 70 mg cholesterol whereas the TENDERGRILL® Chicken Filet Salad has 240 calories, 9 grams of fat and 80 milligrams of cholesterol. Stay away from that salad dressing, because according to Burger King’s nutrition chart, Ken’s Honey Mustard dressing adds a further 270 calories, 23 grams of fat, and 20 milligrams of cholesterol. The fat free ranch dressing is a much better choice with 60 calories, no fat and no cholesterol.

Let’s look at the worst things on the menu. The TRIPLE WHOPPER™ with Cheese, has a whopping 1230, 740 of which are from fat. That’s over 60% fat - 82 grams of fat in fact and 275 milligrams of cholesterol. So don’t order that unless you have a death wish.

If you are wondering if the veggie burger is a better choice, the answer is… maybe, but not completely. The BK VEGGIE® Burger with Cheese has 470 calories, 180 from fat. Without cheese it has 420 calories, with 150 from fat, 16 grams fat total and 10 mg of cholesterol. Take note though that the 150 calories from fat is still 35% fat, and nutritionists recommend that adults try to keep their fat intake to around 30% of their total calorie intake. So depending on what else you eat that day, the Veggie Burger is right on the edge.

A Burger King WHOPPER® has 670 calories, 39 grams fat, and 95 mg cholesterol. Think Chicken is better? At fast food restaurants, chicken is often not a better alternative to red meat due to the fat they use when they cook it. Burger King nutrition facts indicate that Burger King is no different from other fast foods in this regard. The Original Chicken Sandwich has 660 calories and 40 grams of fat. 5 Crown-shaped CHICKEN TENDERS® tenders have 210 calories, 110 of which are from fat – 52%. Add a small fries to 5 tenders and you are in for 230 additional calories. Make it a king size fries and you will add 600 calories. If you are on a 1200 calorie a day diet, the chicken sandwich and king size fries will do you for the whole day, but won’t provide all the nutrition your body needs. Thinking of adding the onion rings for your vegetable? That will add another 300 calories (compare to about 20 for an actual onion).

Finishing up with desert? Burger King nutrition indicates that the Dutch Apple Pie or the HERSHEY®’s Sunday Pie are your best choices with 300 calories each, and the OREO® BK™ SUNDAE SHAKE Oreo Cookie Crumbles is the absolute worst with  940 calories, 31 grams of fat and 75 milligrams of cholesterol.
 
Philip Kustner

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