15 Cheap Fast Food Options That Are Terrible for Health

Fast food's convenience masks its nutritional hazards. Its budget-friendly meals pack high levels of saturated fat, sodium, and sugar, that may cause obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.


Hamburgers are fast food staples featuring a beef patty in a bun, often garnished with cheese, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Super-sized versions add more calories and fat.

French Fries

French fries are a quick side dish made from fried, salted potatoes. Despite potatoes' nutritional value, deep-frying in unhealthy oils increases trans-fat levels.

Soft Drinks

Soft drinks are sugary or artificially sweetened carbonated beverages often enjoyed with meals or to quench thirst, but can expose you to health problems.

Fried Chicken

Fried chicken popular fast food, made by coating chicken in flour and deep-frying. Adds considerable calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol to lean protein source.


Pizza, with a flatbread base, tomato sauce, cheese, and various toppings offers some nutrition when eaten in moderation. However, fast food versions with high fat and sodium are unhealthy.


Milkshakes, made from ice cream, milk and flavors like chocolate or fruit syrups, are high-calorie, sugary, unhealthy treats that can escalate disease risk when frequently consumed.


Tacos, a traditional Mexican dish, have become a fast food staple, made with a tortilla, meat, salsa, cheese and vegetables. They can be healthy with fresh, homemade ingredients.

Chili Cheese Fries.

Chili cheese fries, a popular fast food, are French fries and cheese topped with chili con carne, forming a high-calorie, fat-rich meal.

Ice Cream Cones

Ice cream cones, filled with ice cream, are sweet but high in calories, sugar, and unhealthy fats, that can risk your health and cause weight gain.

Fried Fish

Fried fish is a fast food option, coated in seasoned breading & deep-fried. While fish can be a healthy protein source, frying it includes added calories and sodium.

Onion Rings

Onion rings, deep-fried slices of onion coated in batter, add flavor to meals, but their high calorie and fat content can impact health negatively if frequently consumed.


A burrito is a Mexican dish with a tortilla wrapped around fillings like beans, rice, meat, veggies, and cheese. Although potentially nutritious, fast food versions often contain high fat and calories.

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets are small, breaded, fried chicken pieces, often a snack or meal accompaniment. They're popular in children’s meals but can be high in calories, unhealthy fats, and sodium.


Donuts, often enjoyed as breakfast or snack, are fried dough topped with glazes or icing. Despite their sweet taste, they contain unhealthy fats and offer little nutrition.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls, with their buttery dough and sweet filling, are popular for breakfast or dessert but have little nutritional value, potentially leading to weight gain and health issues.

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