Fast Food Worse Than the Double Down

Nate Silver finds the KFC monstrosity is really only average
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2010 11:56 AM CDT
Updated Apr 24, 2010 2:04 PM CDT
Fast Food Worse Than the Double Down
KFC's new Double Down sandwich, which has two chicken filets in place of bread. Between are two pieces of bacon, melted slices of Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack cheese and a zesty sauce.   (AP Photo/KFC, Dan Kremer)

So by now you've heard of—or God help you, sampled—the gluttonous monstrosity known as KFC's Double Down, but how does it stack up in the less-than-healthy world of fast food? Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight runs the numbers, creating an index of fat, cholesterol, and sodium in which the Double Down rates a 1. He finds worse chicken gut-busters:

  • Panera Chipotle Chicken: 1.49. It's not even considered true fast food, but it runs about 50% more of "the bad stuff."

  • McDonald's Chicken Selects (five, with ranch): 1.23.
  • Chipotle Chicken Burrito With Cheese, Salsa: 1.16
  • Boston Market Chicken Carver: 1.14
But the real offenders lie in the world of burgers:
  • Wendy's Triple Baconator: 2.45
  • Hardee's Monster Thickburger: 2.24
  • Burger King Quad Stacker: 1.58
  • Sonic Jalapeno Cheeseburger: 1.36
(More fast food stories.)

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