Sometimes fast food items are even worse than simply being unhealthy for your body to consume. Workers from chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Domino’s took to a Reddit post to warn customers of the gross unknown activities certain restaurants were doing. After hearing from them, it’s been made clear that these issues are much bigger than anyone expected.
Burger King- Chicken Sandwich
It’s not just Burger King- ordering a chicken sandwich at a restaurant that is famously known for selling hamburgers is usually not a good idea. A chicken sandwich from Burger King has likely been sitting in the warmer for hours because no one has ordered it all day. Your safest option is to just order a burger.
Friendly’s- Tuna Salad
Somebody who used to be employed by this restaurant has said that the beloved tuna salad at Friendly’s was actually hiding a big secret: the fact that a batch is only made once a week! Along with some of the other things that could be prepared ahead of time, this comes as a big food sanitation red flag. It’s best to steer clear of these items.
Sonic- Ice Cream
Just like getting ice cream at any fast food restaurant, ordering some soft serve from Sonic can be pretty shady. A Reddit user said that most new employees never actually receive proper training on how to maintain and clean the ice cream machines, and once that user actually did clean it, they found that it was absolutely covered in mold. No thanks!
Burger King- Chicken Fries
Here we are again, faced with another horrible chicken item served by Burger King. Little do most consumers know, but chicken fries are sometimes kept sitting out for up to six hours before being served or (hopefully) thrown away.
Just like Burger King, McDonald’s is not famously known for being a fish restaurant. Sure, you can order fish here, but it likely won’t be so good. If you want to be sure you are getting freshly-cooked food at McDonald’s, try to stick to ordering a burger.
Culver’s- Veggie Burger
Just as you would expect, Culver’s does not generally have a mass amount of people coming in to order their veggie burgers. Because of this, they keep uncooked burgers in the freezer until someone orders one. All of this is okay, but here’s where it gets tricky for the veggie lover… veggie burgers from Culver’s are taken out of the freezer and cooked on the same grill with the same utensils as regular burgers. Not so great for someone trying to avoid meat.
Arby’s- Roast Beef
This one is a bit gross, fair warning. Apparently, Arby’s roast beef is not actually in solid form when it first arrives to the restaurant chains. The roast beef is arrives at the chain as a bag of meat paste that solidifies on its own after being cooked in the oven. The roast beef is simply mechanically separated pieces of beef mixed with fat and made into a huge bag of paste.
Taco Bell- Beans
Despite the beans being a staple food in Taco Bell’s menu, they aren’t as authentic and fresh as some people may think. They actually come delivered to each location in a bag and simply require water in order to make them into the food we all know them as.
Jimmy John’s- Gourmet Veggie Club
This one may come as a surprise to a lot of people, since a veggie club sounds like it should be a pretty healthy choice in comparison to some other food options! Here’s the unfortunate news, though: a 16-inch sandwich made on 9-grain wheat bread contains over 2,000 calories plus high sodium, fat, and sugar. Eating multiple big mac’s actually isn’t so much worse for you than this sandwich…
If you’re like most people in the world, you had absolutely no clue that Domino’s even sold sandwiches! One former employee decided to tell us just how horrible they can be, especially the Philly steak or American cheese sandwich. Since those are only used on sandwiches and most people don’t order said sandwiches, you can probably imagine that the ingredients are always going to be less than fresh.
Starbucks- Secret Menu
Truth be told, there is really no such thing as “the secret menu” at Starbucks. The secret menu isn’t some hidden piece of paper that all baristas have slipped under the cash register. No, it just doesn’t exist. Instead of insisting on ordering a drink that doesn’t exist, Starbucks baristas around the world insist that you should order a real drink and customize it to your liking.
Panda Express- Orange Chicken
This one was shocking and extremely disappointing to hear. Just like any other restaurant, Panda Express does not throw away the food that has been sitting out during a slow hour. Instead, they simply glaze some fresh sauce on top of the old chicken and make it appear to be good as new to the unsuspecting customer.
Don’t worry, this slide isn’t something gross. Mainly because nothing about Chipotle can ever be bad. Nonetheless, we do have some news for you. When you order a taco at Chipotle, you are seriously depriving yourself of a lot of food! For the same price, you could order a bowl and get way more food. The best part? Side tortillas are free!
This may not be surprising, but Sonic’s chili is not made fresh on the spot. It comes in a prepackaged bag and it is tossed into a warmer first thing in the morning. After that, it sits around until someone orders it. You truly never know if the chili you’re ordering was just made or if it’s been sitting out for six hours.
It’s a worldwide joke that McDonald’s ice cream and milkshake machine is broken half the time, but that’s actually real, not just a joke. Though the machine does get cleaned on occasion if the machine breaks it does not get cleaned until it’s fixed, in which time the milk spoils and sticks to the machine. Basically, this machine is never as sanitary as it should be.
Little Caesar’s- Breadsticks
I know they say a dog is a man’s best friend, but in reality, I think breadsticks are a man’s best friend. There’s nothing to not love about a nice warm, buttery breadstick with some garlic on top… unless said breadstick is from Little Caesar’s. Apparently, the butter that comes on your breadsticks from Little Caesar’s isn’t actually butter, but rather some fake tub of something mysterious that doesn’t get refrigerated.
Wendy’s is famous for claiming that their beef is always fresh and never frozen. The frozen part could be true, but the fresh part, not so much. If you ever find yourself craving Wendy’s chili in the near future, keep in mind that once cooked, a batch of chili can be kept around for up to seven days and served to customers. Yes, seven whole days. Fresh? Not really.
McDonald’s- Chicken Nuggets
Again, ordering chicken at a place that isn’t known for chicken usually won’t leave you with the results you’re looking for. McDonald’s chicken nuggets are no exception, no matter how popular they may be. It’s not unusual for them to be sitting out for hours before someone buys them.
KFC- Barbecue Chicken
KFC barbecue chicken may be one of the least-fresh things we’ve ever seen. Like, ever ever. According to a KFC employee, this chicken can be soaked in barbecue marinade for up to an entire month before being served to a customer. Month old chicken can’t even be donated to a homeless shelter, but KFC is serving it to its customers regularly. Let that one sink in.
Jack-In-The-Box- Smoothies or Milkshakes
According to a Jack-In-The-Box employee, nobody ever cleans the blender, at least not frequently whatsoever. That’s right, the same blender that’s used to make every flavor of milkshake and fruit smoothie doesn’t get cleaned between orders. Next time you order a strawberry smoothie here, don’t be surprised to find Oreo bits inside!
Steak ‘N Shake- Wisconsin Butter Burger
It was difficult to even put into perspective what exactly is inside of these burgers. Apparently, these burgers contain a quarter stick of butter! Nothing, especially something from a fast-food restaurant, can be so delicious that it is worth risking a heart attack to eat. Save your arteries the stress and order something a bit healthier.
This one is heartbreaking to hear. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about the pasta from Panera Bread is fresh. That includes the dearly beloved macaroni and cheese that everyone fawns over. This macaroni and cheese comes frozen and is tossed in the microwave to heat up like leftovers from last night whenever it is ordered. Talk about disappointing.
Subway- Oven-Roasted Chicken Sandwich
The thought of oven-roasted chicken sounds delightful to the tastebuds, but sadly, that’s not truly what’s going on here. The meat here is actually more likely to be heavily overcooked in a microwave and then put on a bun and called oven-roasted, than actually being oven-roasted. Not as nice to think about, huh?
Einstein Bagels- Eggs
As you can likely imagine, the eggs here aren’t fresh. After all, it’s not normal for eggs to come served in perfect circles. Usually, these eggs are tossed in the microwave to heat up and then placed in a bin until someone orders them. There’s no real way to know how long something has been sitting out, so you’re taking a big risk.
If you think these pastries are baked fresh in-house each day, we have some heartbreaking news for you. These pastries get delivered to Panera chains frozen, just like the pasta dishes, and they are thawed and served as needed. This is definitely far from fresh.
Sonic- Chicken Sandwich
Though it wasn’t exactly elaborated on, a former Sonic employee shared the important detail that chicken from this fast-food chain is not actually chicken. They didn’t say what it was, but “not chicken” is enough detail for us to be grossed out. On top of not being chicken, they said that this food item is usually sitting out longer waiting to be eaten because it’s not as popular or frequently-ordered as the burgers.
Any McDonald’s employee will stand in unison here in telling you not to order anything from the McCafe menu. Generally, McDonald’s staff aren’t properly trained on how to clean these machines, so anytime you order one of their McCafe drinks, it’s more likely than not that your drink is being made via a disgustingly dirty machine.
Dunkin’ Donuts- Donuts
Are you just as surprised by this as we are? Apparently those donuts that are advertised as being freshly made aren’t so fresh after all. They’re actually delivered frozen from delivery trucks each day and thawed out before being served to customers. Pretty disappointing, if you ask us.
One of the tricky things about french fries is that since they aren’t meat or dairy, it’s more difficult to draw the line as to when something is no longer fresh. French fries, in particular, can sit out for quite some time before being eaten and not taste much different than they would fresh out of the fryer. Apparently, Wendy’s employees love throwing around the phrase “They Aren’t Old Until They’re Sold” in regards to their fries. Yikes…
KFC- Original Chicken
According to a former employee, KFC stops making fresh chicken at a certain point in the day, so if you were planning on going shortly before their closing time, you probably shouldn’t. You run the risk of being served chicken that’s been sitting under lights for hours or, even worse, chicken that has been dropped on the floor and placed back onto a serving plate.
McDonald’s- Dipped Ice Cream Cone
A former employee spilled all of the gossip about these ice cream cones. Apparently the chocolate is just left out all day, and you know what happens when something like this gets left out. The top layer of the chocolate will harden and get to the point where it shouldn’t be eaten, but employees just re-mix it so that the parts that are still liquid are on the top. No thanks.
Burger King- Shakes
Just like McDonald’s, the ice cream and milkshake machines at Burger King are apparently rarely- if ever- cleaned. To top off this gross thought, most of the time the shake mixes (that’s right, mix, not simply ice cream and milk) are expired. Yuck!
This one isn’t necessarily gross, per se, unless you’re one who dislikes pre-packaged, frozen foods. In which case, I’d just go ahead and avoid every food item that Starbucks sells. All of their food, pastries included, comes either pre-packaged or frozen and reheated. Not a single food item is fresh. Not only this, but everything is extremely overpriced for the fact that it was taken out of a freezer.
Dunkin’ Donuts- Coolatta
This seems like a broken record saying at this point, but the Dunkin’ Donuts Coolatta is prepared in a machine that is rarely cleaned and, in turn, is quite dirty. This seems super unappealing, and I think I’ll take a big giant pass on ordering one of these.
If you’re curious as to what is in the McRib, we’ll give you a hint- it’s not rib meat. This McDonald’s sandwich is made out of pig tripe, hearts, and stomachs. That does not sound appealing whatsoever, and on top of that, we’re hardly certain that it’s made fresh-to-order for each customer.
Burger King- Decaf Coffee
You should absolutely stay away from this coffee, particularly if there is a health reason as to why you’re choosing decaf over regular coffee. According to a former Burger King employee, decaf coffee is not really decaf, but instead, it’s just watered down regular coffee. Super shady, Burger King.
Steak ‘N Shake- BLT
Again, this one isn’t super gross, but it’s pretty shady, to say the least. A Steak ‘N Shake employee has said that their BLT is actually a huge ripoff when you actually are aware of the amount of food you’re receiving. It’s not uncommon for employees to cut corners with ingredients, especially bacon, in order to cut costs on their end. Basically, you’re paying full-price but only getting 80 percent of the food you should be getting.
Just like their pasta and pastries, Panera soup is never fresh. It comes in a bag and is placed in something called a “re-thermalizer”, which is really just a sink filled with boiling hot water and left to thaw out. Often times the bags of soup pop open while they’re thawing, and let’s just say, these re-thermalizers are not washed very frequently.
Tim Hortons- Soup
If you have ever been to this popular Canadian fast-food chain, you may understand just what a craze this place is in Canada. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but the soup at Tim Hortons is not made fresh. It comes frozen and has to be thawed out, and employees have even claimed to find maggots in the soups on more than one occasion.
Jersey Mike’s- Chicken Parmesan
Someone took to Reddit to say that, quite frankly, the chicken parmesan is the only thing on their menu that they refuse to order. The chicken parmesan is just a frozen chicken patty that has been microwaved into a pile of breaded mush. It then gets placed onto some bread and called chicken parmesan.
Dairy Queen- Salads
Talk about not ordering food at a place that is not known for said food… ordering a salad at dairy queen is a big red flag. They have recently reduced the size of their salads, but they also changed the size of the bowls to make it look like nothing is different than it was before. That seems like a bit of a ripoff to me.
Dunkin’ Donuts- Hot Chocolate
A former Dunkin’ Donuts employee posted a big secret on Reddit about the hot chocolate that everyone loves to order when it’s cold outside. Apparently, every cup of hot chocolate from Dunkin’ Donuts contains thickening agents, including Cellulose Gum and Xanthan Gum. If the drink was fresh and had only the ingredients it should have, it wouldn’t need thickening agents.
Jimmy John’s- Tea
If you go into Jimmy John’s in the morning or early around lunchtime, you should be okay, but any later than that you’re likely not going to get fresh tea. The whole batch of tea is brewed at 5 o’clock in the morning by the manager who opens for the day and is generally never replaced throughout the day unless they run out.
Little Caesar’s- Chicken Wings
If you know anything about cooking pizza and/or chicken, you’ll understand why this is so gross. Little Caesar’s tends to cook their chicken wings in the same pans as the pizza, and usually for the same amount of time. Other than sanitation reasons, why is this bad? Chicken takes much longer to cook than pizza, thus resulting in mostly raw chicken being served to you.
Burger King- Whopper Junior
Whopper Juniors aren’t generally ordered by customers who are old enough to have currently or already passed having “teen” at the end of their age. Because this burger only targets a small number of people, it’s pretty likely that this item has been sitting around the kitchen under a heating lamp for a while.
McDonald’s- Sweet Tea
A large sweet tea from McDonald’s has 38 grams of sugar, which is far more sugar than you are supposed to consume in an entire day! To put it into perspective, an entire candy bar has fewer grams of sugar than this sweet tea from McDonald’s. For every gallon of tea, one pound of sugar is poured in. That is far more sugar than I can even imagine.
Subway- Roast Beef
A former Subway employee wasn’t shy in their description of the roast beef sandwich that they have to offer. Apparently, this roast beef has such a high amount of preservatives inside that it was seen as being an “iridescent” color. Honestly, we don’t even want to imagine this. We can’t imagine anything worse.
According to a former Sheetz employee, all of the grill markers that you see on their burgers are totally fake, as their burgers are actually cooked in the microwave. They took this fake grilling really far instead of just letting it be. It almost makes it worse that they took the extra step to pretend they are grilled. Gross.
Firehouse Subs- Steak Or Chicken
A formed Firehouse Subs employee said that if you are not planning on ordering a sandwich that contains sliced meat or meatballs, to just not order anything. They said that the steak usually comes frozen and is extremely greasy after being cooked and that the chicken also comes frozen in a bag. Definitely not worth paying for something so gross.
White Castle- Hash Round Nibblers
You would think that hashbrowns would be relatively similar everywhere, but sadly, that is definitely not the case with White Castle. Their hash round nibblers have 1,440 calories and 110 grams of fat in one sharing bag. For something that should just be potatoes, that seems like far too much.
Burger King- Fish Sandwiches
If you are looking for a place with delicious fish sandwiches, Burger King should not be your final destination. They are not known at all for their fish products, therefore these sandwiches tend to just sit out all day until someone orders one. In addition, the fish itself is not good quality, to begin with.
Auntie Anne’s- Jumbo Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel Dog
This food item contains no health sanitation risks, as Auntie Anne’s itself is a great place. This particular item, though, may make your arteries explode. The jumbo jalapeno cheese pretzel dog contains 650 calories, 31 grams of fat, and 1,360 milligrams of sodium (about half of your daily sodium intake) in a hot dog that is just a few bites. No thank you.
Moe’s Southwest Grill- Homewrecker Burrito With Chicken
Finding a healthy burrito is not an impossible task, but do not expect to find this at Moe’s Southwest Grill. Their homewrecker burrito with chicken contains 945 calories and 1,859 milligrams of sodium. Despite the fact that a burrito contains vegetables and things that generally are healthy, there are also things in this that make it a horrible option.
Dunkin’ Donuts- Hot Drinks
Again, this is not for a sanitary issue, but a monetary one. If you’re going to Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of coffee- like many people in America to every day- we recommend you get a cold drink. For the same size, you’re getting more with a cold drink, as the cups are much larger even though they’re marketed as the same.
P.F. Chang’s- Chicken Pad Thai
Wow, buckle your seatbelts for this huge news. The chicken pad thai from P.F. Chang’s contains 1,230 calories, 2,590 milligrams of sodium, and 43 grams of sugar- which is well over your daily recommended value. This is heartbreaking, yet also disgusting, news to find out.
Chick-Fil-A- Grilled Foods
It is no secret that Chick-Fil-A serves up some incredible chicken items. Their service is impeccable and their food is delicious, but not so much if you’re gluten-free. If you try to steer clear of gluten, you should also steer clear of Chick-Fil-A. They tend to use the same grill on breaded and non-breaded items without cleaning between orders.
Church’s Chicken- Cob Sandwich
It seems like a sandwich that solely contains chicken and vegetables would be a healthy option, but you are sorely mistaken if you thought that was the case here. Church’s Chicken cob sandwich contains 810 calories and 1,460 milligrams of sodium. That is far from healthy for the kind of ingredients inside.
Sbarro: 16 Inch Meat Primo Pizza
This has nothing to do with Sbarro as a sanitary precaution, but this may hurt your stomach just to read, let alone eat. The 16-inch meat primo pizza from Sbarro has 4,610 calories and 11,440 milligrams of sodium. Yes, you read that correctly. This pizza contains over 4,000 calories and over 11,000 milligrams of sodium.
Buffalo Wild Wings- Anything That Isn’t Wings
The good news is that their staple dish is fresh and tastes great, but the bad news is that pretty much anything other than their staple dish comes frozen and prepackaged, sitting in the freezer waiting for you to order it.
Hardee’s- Charbroiled 2/3 Pound Monster Thickburger
If you think something called a monster thickburger is super unhealthy, that’s because it absolutely is as unhealthy as they come. The 2/3 pound monster thickburger has 1,329 calories, 95 grams of fat, and 2,820 milligrams of sodium- not including if you also order fries and a drink on the side!
7-Eleven- Anything From The Food Warmer
Most people tend to not buy these food items anyway, so if you’re going to 7-Eleven at any time other than early in the morning, odds are that these food items- hot dogs, taquitos, or anything else cooked in the warmer- has been sitting out since the store opened around 5 o’clock that morning. We’d stay away if possible.
Dairy Queen- Anything Other Than A Blizzard Or Hamburger
Dairy Queen is known and beloved for its ice cream, specifically the mind-blowingly delicious blizzards. If you must order food, don’t order anything other than a classic hamburger. These are made to order, but anything else on the menu has probably been sitting out for a while or has been super frozen for quite some time.
Popeye’s- Shrimp Po’Boy
Other than the fact that Popeye’s is not famously known for their seafood, making a shrimp po’boy at the bottom of your to-eat list, to begin with, this particular item should be avoided at all costs. The shrimp po’boy from Popeye’s contains 660 calories, 41 grams of fat, and 1,980 milligrams of sodium. Definitely not worth it.
Denny’s- Grand Slamwich With Hashbrowns
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but that is definitely not the case if this is what you’re planning on putting into your body. The grand slamwich with hashbrowns is chock-full of calories and sodium; it has 1,320 calories and 3,320 milligrams of sodium. That is more than half of your caloric needs and more than your entire sodium recommendation before lunch!
Tim Horton’s- Anything Other Than Bagels Or Donuts
If we’re seeing any sort of trend here, it’s that you shouldn’t buy anything at a coffee shop other than coffee and bagels. Just like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, all the rest of the food at Tim Horton’s comes to the stores frozen and may run the risk of not being stored properly before being served to you.
Cinnabon- Caramel Pecanbon
It’s pretty much something you should just expect for a Cinnabon to be unhealthy, especially a specialty flavor such as the caramel pecanbon. These numbers may exceed all expectations, though. With 1,080 calories and 960 milligrams of sodium, this treat takes the cake for the more unhealthy item on the menu at Cinnabon.
A&W- Breakfast Food After Breakfast Time
If you’re someone who wakes up late or simply likes eating breakfast later in the day, don’t let this upset you. If you tend to go to A&W for breakfast after breakfast hours, you shouldn’t stop, just beware that you may have a long wait, as employees don’t prep these food items later in the day.
Long John Silver’s- Baja Fish Tacos
Most people think that eating fish for dinner is a healthier alternative rather than eating a burger or something with a lot of fat in it, but in this case, that isn’t accurate. Long John Silver’s tacos come with no less than 820 calories, 42 grams of fat, and 2,580 milligrams of sodium. That is the caloric count for one taco. Imagine if you were to eat an entire meal’s worth of these tacos. We’re going to pass, but thanks.
Johnny Rockets- Bacon Cheddar Double Hamburger
It’s not really expected that this food item would be healthy; cheeseburgers aren’t generally so nutritious to begin with, especially when it’s a double burger… and then adding bacon makes it much worse. This burger has 1,770 calories and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. We can think of many things we’d rather eat for 1,770 calories.
Steak ‘N Shake- Chili
Besides the fact that Steak ‘N Shake is just not the kind of place you would want to go to eat chili in the first place, you probably should stay away from it even if you are craving some chili while you’re there. The stations rarely get cleaned out and the grease that is used for the chili is very, very rarely changed out.
Bojangle’s- Chicken Rice Bowl With A Biscuit
Usually people tend to think that chicken and rice is harmless; not necessarily packed with nutrients, but nothing to phone home about. At Bojangle’s, that’s definitely not the situation. The Bojangle’s chicken rice bowl with a biscuit on the side will cost you 1,130 calories, 126 grams of carbs, and 4,370 milligrams of sodium. Just a reminder that the daily sodium recommendation is 2,300 milligrams.
Carl’s Jr- Thickburger El Diablo
Carl’s Jr. takes fast food’s artery-clogging abilities to new heights with the new Thickburger El Diablo. This isn’t just a burger; it has multiple deep-fried jalapeno poppers, cheese, pickles, bacon, sauce, and an insane amount of beef on it. Not only does it come packed with over half of your daily caloric intake at 1,290 calories, but it also has 85 grams of fat.
Similar to ordering chili at other fast-food restaurants, the chili at Checkers often gets reheated if it’s been sitting out for a while without anyone buying it instead of making a new batch for customers, and a lot of times it’s filled with mystery items such as old hamburgers or other ingredients they had lying around that don’t usually belong in a fresh bowl of chili.
California Pizza Kitchen- Jamaican Jerk Chicken Thin Crust Pizza
Just because it’s a thin crust pizza and just because it’s loaded with veggies and grilled chicken, that clearly does not make it healthy. This pizza is packed with calories- 1,320 to be exact. Not to mention its sodium level which is 3,960 milligrams in a pizza. Don’t let the vegetables fool you, this pizza is far from nutritious.
Jersey Mike’s- Meatball Sub
Jersey Mike’s has a loyal fanbase of people who will always choose to grab a sandwich from here rather than another sub joint, but if we’re being honest, there are a couple of menu options you should probably stay away from. One of those items is the meatball sub. It comes prepackaged and is kept in the freezer until someone orders it, where it then quickly gets boiled in water and served to the customer. The meat is in no way, shape, or form fresh.
Pizza Hut- Deep Dish Pizza
It’s not super common for someone to order a deep dish pizza at Pizza Hut, which means that there’s something off about what goes on behind the scenes. When something is rarely ordered, it’s generally not always up to customer standards. In this case, it’s the dish that the pizza is cooked in. The deep-dish pizza pans can be difficult to clean all the way, so employees simply toss the crust-ridden pan in the dishwasher. This not only doesn’t clean this pan properly but also likely will get other pans dirtier.
Quiznos- Large Turkey Bacon Guacamole Sub
Don’t let the guacamole and the fact that it’s a sandwich fool you. The Turkey Bacon Guacamole Sub from Quiznos has 1,300 calories, 69 grams of fat, and 3,870 milligrams of sodium. That seems almost so bad that it’s fake, but we promise you, it’s very much real.
Taco John’s- Any Meal With Beans
Employees at Taco John’s make the beans in a large vat at the beginning of the day and then let them sit under a warmer all day long. Not even if they get too dry do they toss them out to make a fresh batch? What do they do? Add some water, of course! We’d definitely recommend staying away from these.
Five Guys- French Fries
Though these french fries may be one of the less harmful items on the Five Guys menu, that definitely does not qualify them as being healthy. Just because they are cooked in peanut oil, that also does not qualify them as being healthy. In fact, just one single serving of fries from Five Guys has 953 calories and 962 milligrams of salt- assuming that you’re not adding extra salt onto them on your own.
A person who used to work at Panera Bread had said that the lemonade is not something you’d want to get. They had to mix the lemonade and passion papaya green tea using concentrate and water from the sink. It’s wasn’t very fresh, and it was super sugary.
Popeyes Bonafide Chicken Combo
If you’re thinking that ordering chicken is a healthier choice to get while eating at a fast-food place, you’d be wrong. The Bonafide Chicken Combo that comes with the corn on the cob and a biscuit has up to 1,434 calories. If you also have a slice of pecan pie for dessert, the whole meal can be 1,900 calories.
Dunkin’ Donuts Coolattas
A former Dunkin’ employee said never to buy the Coolattas. “The machines at the one I worked were hardly cleaned.” In addition, there have been many stories about frozen drinks and ice machines. Everything from mold to critters hangs out there.
You’d be surprised about how dirty ice machines are – especially the ones on top of soda fountains. One worker from Jimmy Johns has said that despite meticulously cleaning the ice machines every single night, they would still find a significant amount of grit in there.
Pizza Hut North Carolina Pizza
A Reddit user has said that the North Carolina Pizza special at Pizza Hut was popular. However, they said, “that pulled pork smells like cat food and that drizzle is the most confusing taste ever (imagine cane sugar, honey, mustard, cayenne pepper, turmeric and else, 30g of sugar/100g) and BBQ base…”
Dairy Queen Chili
Typically, it isn’t a good idea to buy anything that isn’t sold too often. At Dairy Queen, the chili for Chili Dogs and Cheese Burgers would be one pot that just had more added to it. At the end of the day, the leftovers would get refrigerated. A Reddit user said, “You could be eating chili from the day the store opened as far as I know’.
McDonald’s Breakfast After Noon
One person who worked at McDonald’s said not to get breakfast after lunch starts up. The employees just microwave the food, no matter what it is. They also added that getting bacon isn’t a good idea since they let it sit for a good while sometimes.
Burger King Chocolate Oreo Shake
The heartiest item on the Burger King menu is the Chocolate Oreo Shake. Each one has a whopping 740 calories, 101 grams of sugar, and 70 milligrams of cholesterol. Not to mention, you can never really know how clean those ice cream machines are.
A former Chipotle employee said they would never order the tacos. “You get less than half the regular portions. Instead, order a bowl with whatever you want in it. Then ask for the taco shells, hard or soft, on the side. When I was there, the shells were free to get on the side.”
KFC Chicken Pot Pies
Another person used to work at KFC. they said that at the end of the day, they would take all the leftover chicken, debone it, bag it, and stick it in the freezer. It would stay there for about three months until they needed it to make pot pies. Apparently, it’s a common practice among multiple KFC branches. So, just bear in mind that if you get a pot pie from KFC, you might be eating three-month-old chicken.
Arby’s Beef ‘N’ Cheddar
While Arby’s already has a bad rep, you should make sure not to buy a Beef ‘n’ Cheddar. Just have them put a cheddar slice on it normally. In fact, employees call the cheese ‘cheese goop’. That should give you enough of a hint that it probably isn’t good.
Another Reddit user has said that when they worked at Wendy’s, there was a saying about fries: ‘They aren’t old until they’re sold’. That is unbearably gross. Take those extra few minutes to have some fresh fries.
McDonald’s Southwest Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Salad
You might think you’re making a healthy choice by ordering a salad at a fast-food restaurant. However, in terms of calories, you’re not doing much. A Southwest Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Salad from McDonald’s has 520 calories. One Reddit user said about it: “I figured it had become common knowledge by now that putting a slab of fried chicken, cheese and a couple of packets of thick dressing was an unhealthy option. This is the beauty of counting calories, you become a lot more self-aware of what is and isn’t healthy.”
Panda Express Mandarin Chicken
One person said they would never order any Mandarin Chicken from Panda Express. It’s just chicken that comes in a bag ahead of time that gets microwaved for five minutes before getting dumped on a serving dish.
One former Dunkin’ Donuts employee has said that this depends. They’ve worked at one branch that had the donuts delivered to them, frozen. It turns out that the donuts aren’t made at the locations, they’re delivered from a distribution center and thawed and decorated at the store.
Subway- Tuna Sandwiches
When a former Subway employee took to Reddit to call Subway’s tuna sandwich “literal poison in a container”, you know it’s not so great. This person explained in the post that Subway’s tuna was almost always served well past its expiration date, despite the health risks that brings up. As it has been claimed to be mayonnaise-based, health risks to serve it while expired skyrocket.