Super Fries Can Bring Super Thighs

Super-sized meals at fast-food restaurants give you more food, but also double the fat and calories.

When you dash into a fast-food restaurant or zip through the drive-through, it's tempting to order the extra-large bargain meal. Sure, you get more food for your money, but you also get an extra serving of fat and calories.

For example, a Super Size order of McDonald's fries has 540 calories and 26 grams of fat, compared to 210 calories and 10 grams of fat in a small serving. If you add a large Coca-Cola, you'll slurp down 310 calories, which is more than twice the calories of a small Coke. King Size fries at Burger King add a whopping 590 calories and 30 grams of fat.

If you consider that the National Academy of Sciences recommends that most people eat between 1,600 and 2,200 calories and 53 to 73 grams of fat each day, the large fries and big soft drink alone would account for almost half your daily allowance of calories and fat.

The next time you eat out, consider these more healthful alternatives:

  • McDonald's Grilled Chicken Deluxe without mayonnaise -- 300 calories, 5 grams fat
  • Wendy's Baked Potato with sour cream and chives -- 380 calories and 6 grams fat
  • Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita Pita -- 280 calories, 9 grams fat
  • Burger King BK Broiler chicken sandwich without mayonnaise -- 370 calories, 9 grams fat