Fast Food Worth the Weight

Friendly's Grilled Cheese Burger Melt.

With more than 60 percent of Americans either overweight or obese, some of the major fast food chains entice us with irresistible goodies that can send your cholesterol flying.  The arrival of Connecticut’s first Sonic Drive-in came without a hitch, and just in time for the new Footlong Quarter Pound Coney hot dog.

Used to be McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s are the only fast food restaurants where you could get a burger. But times have changed.

Sonic's SuperSonic Cheeseburger.

Last month, Friendly’s introduced us to the new Grilled Cheese Burger Melt and Carl Jr’s unveiled the Footlong burger. Then there’s Sonic’s SuperSonic Cheeseburger. The Grilled Cheese Burger Melt from Friendly’s takes the grilled cheese sandwich and uses it as a bun. Between the four cheesy slices of bread lies an all-beef burger patty. It is topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

Sonic’s SuperSonic Cheeseburger takes a spin on drive-in food with two seasoned all-beef patties, two slices of American cheese, crinkle-cut pickles, slivered onions, shredded lettuce, and two juicy tomatoes. That will run you 898 calories, 473 calories from fat, 53 grams fat (22 of those are from saturated fat), and that’s without mayonnaise.  Pepto anyone?

At Carl Jr’s (California), you can get a footlong cheeseburger starting at $4, but that’s too much burger for me. The humongazoid gargantuan of a burger contains 1,400 calories and 47 grams of fat. Got enough liquid to wash that all down? As for the Friendly’s, if you want to sink your teeth into that Grilled Cheese Burger Melt, you better have a big appetite. It comes in a whopping 1,500 calories, 97 grams of fat (yes, ninety-seven), and 2,090 milligrams of sodium. Yikes! I can hear my stomach exploding already.

Ah, but it is America. Even as I speak, we’re gettin’ fatter and fatter by the minute. Deal with it.

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