Jack in the Box Boasts Most Toxic 'Value' Burger

$1 Junior Bacon Cheeseburger tops cancer researchers' unhealthful list
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2008 2:30 PM CST
Jack in the Box Boasts Most Toxic 'Value' Burger
In this photo provided by Burger King Corp., Arturo Diaz, of Madrid, Spain, pretends to take a bite of a Whopper sandwich held by a wax figure.   (AP Photo)

It’s official: Jack in the Box’s Junior Bacon Cheeseburger is the least healthy value offering by a chain restaurant, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Cancer Project, which monitors links between nutrition and the disease, singled out the grilled meat and bacon in the sandwich as carcinogenic and otherwise unhealthy. Cheap eats from Burger King, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s also received poor marks.

Jack in the Box issued a qualified endorsement. The sandwich provides “great value for guests looking for a flavorful meal,” a spokesman said, but “there are plenty of other great items on our value menu.” Watchers are worried about the eating habits of lower-income citizens in a poor economy, but do not deny the attractiveness of low prices. “Two McDoubles for $2 is a pretty inexpensive way to fill up,” one nutritionist said of a McDonald’s offering. (More Jack in the Box stories.)

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