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20 Fast Food Chains You Should Avoid In The US

Fast food is always a reasonable choice when you have no idea what to eat. It's relatively convenient and affordable in most cases, but you may find some of their foods unpalatable and bad for your health. Try to avoid these 20 fast-food US restaurants and save you money for better uses.

1. Chipotle

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It is a lesser-known truth that Chipotle Mexican Grill gave 1,100 US diners food poisoning and norovirus infection from 2015 to 2018. The leading cause of that lies in their staff disobeying the store's food safety regulations.

2. Pizza Hut

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Many would go and eat here when they want to order pizza. After eating its food, it may not get you sick as the former did, but you may not find it not tasty. The overly salty pizza may give you higher blood pressure, which increases your risk of heart attack or stroke. In short, it's bad for your health. Plus, the cheese is strangely rubbery and bland.

3. Subway

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If you listen to Subway's customers, the freshness and quality of its vegetables and meat are in question nowadays. Its declining customer base and outlets are proof of the fact. Moreover, its menu needs further improvements to satisfy those who prefer a healthy diet.

4. Burger King

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Its high-fat and high-salt food will harm your cardiovascular system and leave you obese. You may enjoy its breakfast, containing grilled chicken and a garden salad, but you don't realize that you have just consumed 1,420 calories.

5. Domino's

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You may not expect such a world-renowned brand would rank high on the list of the worst fast-food restaurants in the US. Its low rating results from both the food and the service. Take the Pepperoni Handmade Pan Pizza as an example. The 12-inch pizza contains an astonishing 130 gm of fat and 2,420 calories. You'd better have a garden salad if you have to go there.

6. Jack in the Box

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It's a miracle that this restaurant hasn't been closed down yet, considering its dozens of negative comments on Google. Diners say that the food it serves is not only tasteless but also cold. Not to mention its poor service. Its regular-customer reviews are as low as 33%. Fair enough.

7. Panda Express

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It's good to know that Panda Express provides brown rice and vegetables, but the vegan choices are still limited. Diners should also be aware of the high salt levels and unreasonably high prices based on its quality.

8. Church's Chicken

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You can still make a case when some high-calorie foods are delicious. But that's not the case for Church's Chicken. You would be upset by the dry chicken, soggy shrimps, hard biscuits, and your increased weight.

9. Cici's Pizza

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Would you like to go to a restaurant where you will get awful food politely and quickly? Not many people would say yes. Even its staff refuse to have the food they provide because it's not clean and tasty.

10. Smashburger

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Don't be misled by its claim that they are the best choice for healthy eating. Its high-calorie ranch dressing and the mushy lettuce offsets the other healthy ingredients' effectiveness.

11. Arby's

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Arby's is another super popular chain providing unhealthy food for diners in the US. A recent study showed that two of its sandwiches have little nutritional value and that a third of its menu items contain trans fat.

12. Hardee's

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As "Maker of America's Unhealthiest Burger," Hardee's is to blame for a burger that contains three cheese slices, four bacon strips, and about a pound of beef, which means 35 gm of saturated fat, 1,690 mg of sodium, and 1,234 calories in total. 

13. Sonic

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If you have to risk your health to go to Hardee's, try to get some health insurance first. Diners can choose to double up their bacon cheeseburger with mayo, which ends up with 1,880 mg of sodium, 23 gm of saturated fat, 12 gm of sugar, and 1,030 calories. What a nightmare for your arteries!

14. Checkers

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It's unusual for a restaurant that's been running for decades to provide such poor-quality items. Most of its food is insipid, and the soggy salad in the hamburgers is disappointing. What's more, you'll also be pissed off by its terrible service.

15. White Castle

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You may wonder whether the favorite of the comedy duo Harold and Kumar is truly tasty or not. The answer is not satisfying. You'll waste both your time and money to eat their small and dry buns and tasteless meat.

16. Raising Cane's

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It's like a gamble when you try Raising Cane's food. Sometimes you can get superb breaded chicken fillets, but they may be overcooked or soggy the next time. It seems that they have trouble with consistency.

17. Wienerschnitzel

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Its affordable prices may be attractive to customers, but they will still feel the food doesn't justify the money after trying it. The meat is often overcooked and served in way too small quantities, and its French fries are not crispy enough.

18. Sbarro

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The New York-style pizza restaurant ranks towards the bottom of the fast-food list for its low quality and lack of freshness. It's reasonable then that in 2019, Sbarro was involved in bankruptcy for the second time in three years.

19. Wendy's

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Just one item on Wendy's menu will help you reach the recommended daily intake of salt, sugar, saturated fat, and calories. Besides, it has questionable food hygiene. Check the 2018 video that shows a mouse running amongst the buns, and you won't go there anymore.

20. Del Taco

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Del Taco is many Mexican food lovers' first choice. The chain provides a variety of items, from street tacos to nachos. But you should avoid the Epic Steak and Potato Burrito for the sake of your heart, because either of them alone contains 2,280 mg sodium.

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