There was a time when the Big Mac was—symbolically, at least—the champion of caloric excess in fast food. But the 540-calorie burger is no longer the fattiest beef on the block by a long shot.
Esquire‘s “Eat Like a Man” blog did a recent survey of the McDonald’s menu, gathering up the unhealthiest items and publishing them in a digestible format. Turns out the 32-ounce chocolate triple shakes are as bad as it gets, weighing in at a hefty 1,160 calories. (Our round-up of 9 offensively enormous beverages has more where that came from, as well as our Quiz: Can you spot the sugar in your food? and Not just sugar: Other foods that make you dumb.) But the worst food item was, surprisingly, one you can start your day with: the Big Breakfast with Hotcakes, which totals up to 1,150 calories.
This recommendation isn’t meant to make fun, nor to point out that 1,000 calories worth of hotcakes and bacon before 10:30 a.m. (when McDonald’s stops serving breakfast) is a lot. It’s just a reminder to watch what we put in our bodies: They can only take so much, after all.
—Damon Beres, Reader’s Digest assistant editor