With that in mind, it’s worth remembering that not all burgers were created equal, and some should really be avoided for the sake of your arteries.
Wendy’s might be one of the world’s favourite joints, but some of its menu options will do no favours to your body.
There is one sandwich in particular which packs in more fat, salt and carbohydrates than you can shake a chili cheese fry at.
Here’s the dish that trumps a normal cheeseburger by almost 1,200 calories…
Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple
Per 1 burger: 1,520 calories, 106g fat (45g saturated fat, 5g trans fat), 1,940mg sodium, 54g carbs (4g fiber, 6g sugar), 89g protein
This monster consists of three beef patties topped with warm beer cheese sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, smoky honey mustard, crispy fried onions, pickles, and a slice of muenster cheese, all nestled between an “extra soft” pretzel bun.
To understand why this burger is quite so contentious, let’s compare its individual values to health experts’ daily food group recommendations.
The FDA in the US and NHS in the UK recommend that an adult should, on average, consume around 2,000 calories a day. Though this largely depends on a person’s age, sex, weight and their physical activity level.
The Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple contains three quarters of that allowance in one go. That doesn’t even include sides.
To achieve or maintain a healthy body weight you must balance the number of calories you eat and drink with the number of calories your body uses.
So, unless you’re running marathons, if you eat a few of these you’re going to see that waistline expand.
Someone following a 2,000-calorie diet should consume around 78g of fat per day, according to the American Heart Association.
The Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple contains 106g. That’s almost 40g more than the recommended allowance for a whole day.
The same health body also recommends that only five to six per cent of your fat intake should be saturated. In other words, you should consume around 13g of saturated fat per day.
It also urges people to largely avoid artificial trans fats, which can lead to a number of health problems. These include inflammation, raised cholesterol, impaired artery function, insulin resistance, stroke risk, cardiovascular disease and excess belly fat.
Look at that nutritional info again: our Wendy’s burger contains a whopping 45g of saturated fat and 5g of trans fats.
This means that regular consumption of the meal would leave you at risk of developing heart disease and other serious health issues.
This brave man sampled the burger along with some bacon pub fries:
The average adult should consume no more than 2.4g of sodium (or 6g of salt) per day, according to the NHS.
And yet the Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple packs in an eye-watering 1.94g of sodium – again, almost your entire daily allowance.
A diet high in salt (or sodium) can significantly raise your blood pressure which can, again, increase your risk of stroke or heart disease.
Lots of protein is good, right?
Most adults need an average of between 45g and 55g of protein each day: that’s the equivalent of about two portions of meat, fish or tofu.
However, our friend – with its three patties, bacon and cheese – contains a staggering 89g. That’s essentially double the recommended daily amount for a woman.
Meat-heavy diets have been linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and may also shorten your life, according to the British Heart Foundation.
In other words, overloading on protein – especially protein that comes from red and processed meat – is not a good idea.
“Moderation in all things, except when it comes to Pretzel Bacon Pubs,” Wendy’s website states.
We’ll stick to the moderation, thanks, and opt for the chain’s Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe (340 calories, 20g fat) instead if we feel like a treat.