The summer is fast coming to an end but many fast food restaurants are still adding summer menu items. Some of them are proving to be very popular and a few of them have barely made a ripple with the public. Unfortunately, almost all of them are far from healthy and are high in almost every nutrition category.
Weinerschnitzer – Mountain Dew Float
Weinerschnitzer is not known for its beverages but they have been touting the New Mountain Dew Float. For $1.99 you get a medium-sized cup filled with ice cream with a small amount of Mountain Dew and topped with whipped cream. Weinerschnitzer has not released the nutrition facts for this drink but the Root Beer Float has 440 calories and Mountain Dew contains more calories than Root Beer.
Burger King – Sweet Potato Fries
Burger King has unveiled a new line of fries made from sweet potatoes that are being touted as better tasting and healthier for you. The better tasting part is subjective but the healthier part can be measured. A medium sized portion of regular fries has 410 calories and 18g of fat. The sweet potato fries have 390 calories and 21g of fat. Sounds like an even trade off to me.
Burger King - Carolina Whopper
Burge King has unveiled a new burger this summer called the Carolina Whopper that includes red onions, pepper jack cheese, bacon, and a sweet BBQ sauce. The regular Whopper has 670 calories, 40g of fat, and 980mg of sodium. The Carolina Whopper has 760 calories, 42g of fat, and 1620mg of sodium. This is not a good item if you are watching your blood pressure.
Sonic – Wholly Guacamole Dog
Sonic has been introducing a new line of hot dogs lately and their newest creation is the Wholly Guacamole Dog. It is covered with pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, a cheese sauce, and of course guacamole. It has 480 calories, 32g of fat, and 1550mg of sodium. That is a lot of sodium for just one hot dog.
Sonic – Hey Batter Batter Blast
Sonic has also introduced several new frozen treats this summer but the Hey Batter Batter Blast really catches the eye. It consists of soft ice cream mixed with brownie batter. What is so amazing is that the 32 oz. size has 1900 calories and 88g of fat. That is a higher fat content than almost every burger on their menu and 40% more than the average adult should have in an entire day.
McDonalds – Frappe Chocolate Chip
McDonalds rolled out the Frappe Chocolate Chip this summer and it has 530 calories, 24g of fat, and 140mg of sodium. The sodium content is pleasantly low but the amount of fat is almost 40% of the daily recommended allowance.
Taco Bell – Cantina Menu
Taco Bell has unveiled a new cantina menu that is based on the recipes of chef Lorena Garcia. The new items are Taco Bell’s way of moving toward wholesome items with fresher ingredients. Unfortunately, the nutrition values of these fast food items do not prove that.
The Cantina Bowl contains marinated chicken, corn and pepper salsa, black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, and a cilantro dressing. It contains 560 calories, 23g of fat, and 1520mg of sodium. One small bowl should not contain this much calories or fat. There are plenty of other items on the menu with less than half the calories.
The Cantina burrito contains chicken, rice, black beans, guacamole, salsa, and cilantro dressing. This burrito has 760 calories, 27g of fat, and 1960mg of sodium. This burrito has more sodium than every other item on the menu except the Grilled Stuft Burrito. Taco Bell nutrition is far from healthy but this item is scary in many categories.