Chain restaurants, especially fast food joints, are notorious for having high fat, high sodium, and high caloric meals that make your arteries want to scream. Many dishes are often loaded with junk ingredients and ooze with way too much butter, cream, and oil. Your taste buds might crave them in the moment, but your body of the future is yelling “NO!” when you pick up another Mickey D’s Big Mac or a Bloomin’ Onion from Outback Steakhouse.


A thread recently surfaced on Reddit, addressed to readers who work or have worked in chain restaurants asked, “What menu item will you absolutely not eat and why?”

Not surprisingly, some of nutrition’s worst enemies are on the list, which has 2,313 comments now and counting.

One user known as serosanguinous calls the Cheesecake Factory’s 3,000 calorie Bistro Shrimp Pasta a “heart attack in a bowl.” Another reader, mathee-us, dubs Papa John’s garlic sauce “a tub of trans fat.”

While a few readers were disgusted by the health implications of certain chain restaurant dishes, others found the preparation process of some foods so repulsive that they never wanted to eat them again.


“[Subway’s crab meat] was made by taking imitation crab meat and mixing it in with a giant tub of mayo. When making the sandwich the thing would come out slathered in mayo. Might as well just have ordered a mayonnaise sandwich,” writes statisicalhornist.

“I can’t eat the roast beef after working at Arby’s. If you touch it while it’s raw you’ll never get it off your fingers,” says 45scienceandreason.

“Having to prep [Subway’s steak] completely ruined it for me. It’s essentially a frozen meat log that you have to break apart with your bare hands,” writes equestribitch.

“You had four vats of oil that you cooked fries in [at Burger King]. After about two days, the oil got too dark for fries. So we switched it over to the ones for chicken. Since it was darker, it was ok. Then that goes on for a week. After a week of massive frying. The oil is black as motor oil. At that point, it’s switched to the Fish Filet vat. That’s the only thing you cook in that vat,” writes JohnnyDollar.


If workers won’t even consider eating these dishes, perhaps that should be our cue to either take it easy or cut them out altogether. And let’s face it, healthy options abound these days and are growing in number as consumers demand better choices, so there’s not much of an excuse to order the fatty, ill-prepared dishes instead.

Now, we’d like to open the floor of this thread to our readers: Which menu item would you absolutely not eat, and why? Tell us with a comment below.


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