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Updated 10 January 2020

Fast Foods: A guide to calorie, fat and cholesterol content

We all know fast foods contain high amounts of calories, fat and cholesterol. But how do different types of fast foods compare to each other? Have a look at this comprehensive list.

Have a look at this comprehensive list of calorie, fat and cholesterol content in common fast foods.

1) Hamburgers

Menu itemsEnergyFatCholesterol*
kJkcals(g)(mg)
Plain hamburger:
Ground beef patty, grilled (40 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce
1378328938
Plain hamburger & medium chips:
Ground beef patty, grilled (40 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, medium portion of chips (120 g)#
20864971938
Plain hamburger & large chips:
Ground beef patty, grilled (40 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, large portion of chips (240 g)
27946652938
Cheeseburger:
Ground beef patty, grilled (40 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, cheese (16 g)
16423911457
Cheeseburger & medium chips:
Ground beef patty, grilled (40 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, cheese (16 g), medium portion of chips (120 g)
23505602457
Cheeseburger & large chips:
Ground beef patty, grilled (40 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, cheese (16 g), large portion of chips (240 g)
30587283457
Super or double hamburger:
2 Ground beef patties, grilled (80 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce
18364371776
Super or double hamburger & medium chips:
2 Ground beef patties, grilled (80 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, medium portion chips (120 g)
25446062776
Super or double hamburger & large chips:
2 Ground beef patties, grilled (80 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, large portion chips (240 g)
32527743776
Super or double cheeseburger & medium chips:
2 Ground beef patties, grilled (80 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, cheese (16 g), medium portion chips (120 g)
28086693294
Super or double cheeseburger & large chips:
2 Ground beef patties, grilled (80 g), hamburger bun (65 g), lettuce, sliced tomato & onion, tomato sauce, cheese (16 g), medium portion chips (240 g)
35168374294

* Chol = cholesterol
# On average chips weigh 6-10 g, therefore, 12 large chips make a medium (120g) portion and 24 large chips make a large (240 g) portion.
** Add energy content of carbonated cold drinks (see Point 9, below)

Slimmer’s notes:
The energy content of your hamburger meal will be increased:

  • By adding chips
  • By adding an even bigger portion of chips
  • By eating a cheeseburger instead of a plain hamburger
  • By eating a super or double hamburger
  • The super or double cheeseburger with large chips has the highest energy content
  • By drinking large quantities of carbonated cold drink with your hamburger

Fat and cholesterol watchers’ notes:
The fat content of your hamburger meal will be increased:

  • By adding chips
  • By adding an even bigger portion of chips
  • By eating a cheeseburger instead of a plain hamburger
  • By eating a super or double hamburger
  • The super or double cheeseburger with large chips has the highest fat content

The cholesterol content of your hamburger meal will be increased:

  • By eating two instead of one beef patty
  • By eating cheeseburgers instead of plain hamburgers

2) Hotdogs

Menu itemsEnergyFatCholesterol*
 kJkcal(g)(mg)
Plain hotdog:
1 Vienna sausage, grilled (35 g), 1 hotdog roll (40 g), tomato sauce, mustard
9052151019
Plain hotdog & medium chips:
1 Vienna sausage, grilled (35 g), 1 hotdog roll (40 g), tomato sauce, mustard, medium portion chips (120 g)
16133842019
Plain hotdog & large chips:
1 Vienna sausage, grilled (35 g), 1 hotdog roll (40 g), tomato sauce, mustard, large portion chips (240 g)
23215532919
Large hotdog:
1 Large Vienna sausage, grilled (40 g), 1 large hotdog roll (80 g), tomato sauce, mustard
14033341222
Large hotdog & medium chips:
1 Large Vienna sausage, grilled (40 g), 1 large hotdog roll (80 g), tomato sauce, mustard, medium portion of chips (120 g)
21115032222
Large hotdog & large chips:
1 Large Vienna sausage, grilled (40 g), 1 large hotdog roll (80 g), tomato sauce, mustard, large portion of chips (240 g)
28196713122

* Chol = cholesterol
** Add energy content of carbonated cold drinks (see Point 9, below)

Slimmer’s notes:
The energy content of your hotdog meal will be increased:


  • By adding chips
  • By adding an even bigger portion of chips
  • By eating a large hotdog instead of a plain hotdog
  • The large hotdog with large chips has the highest energy content
  • By drinking large quantities of carbonated cold drink with your hotdog

Fat and cholesterol watchers’ notes:
The fat content of your hotdog meal will be increased:

  • By adding chips
  • By adding an even bigger portion of chips
  • By eating a large hotdog instead of a plain hotdog

* The large hotdog with large chips has the highest fat content

The cholesterol content of your hotdog meal will be increased:

  • By eating a large Vienna instead of a standard Vienna

3) Fried chicken

Menu itemsEnergyFat Cholesterol*
 kJkcal(g)(mg)
Fried chicken nuggets & medium chips:
Batter-coated or crumbed, fried chicken nuggets (75 g), medium portion of chips (120 g)
15983802365
Fried chicken nuggets & large chips:
Batter-coated or crumbed, fried chicken nuggets (75 g), medium portion of chips (120 g)
23065493365
Fried chicken drumsticks & medium chips:
2 Batter-coated or crumbed, fried chicken drumsticks (128 g), medium portion of chips (120 g)
222653032111
Fried chicken drumsticks & large chips:
2 Batter-coated or crumbed, fried chicken drumsticks (128 g), large portion of chips (240 g)
293469942111
Fried chicken thigh & medium chips:
1 Batter-coated or crumbed, fried chicken thigh (100 g), medium portion of chips (120 g)
18944512787
Fried chicken thigh & large chips:
1 Batter-coated or crumbed, fried chicken thigh (100 g), large portion of chips (240 g)
26026203787
Fried chicken breast & medium chips:
1 Batter-coated or crumbed, fried chicken breast (90 g), medium portion of chips (120 g)
17754232578
Fried chicken breast & large chips:
1 Batter-coated or crumbed, fried chicken breast (90 g), large portion of chips (240 g)
24835913578

* Chol = cholesterol
** Add energy content of carbonated cold drinks (see Point 9, below)

Slimmer’s notes:
The energy content of your fried chicken meal will be increased:

  • By adding more chips
  • By eating fried chicken drumsticks or thighs instead of fried chicken nuggets or breast
  • The fried chicken drumsticks and large chips meal has the highest energy content
  • By drinking large quantities of carbonated cold drink with your fried chicken

Fat and cholesterol watchers’ notes:
The fat content of your fried chicken meal will be increased:

  • By adding more chips
  • By eating fried chicken drumsticks or thighs instead of fried chicken nuggets or breast
  • The fried chicken drumsticks and large chips meal has the highest fat content

The cholesterol content of your fried chicken meal will be increased:

  • By eating fried chicken drumsticks or thighs instead of fried chicken nuggets or breast

4) Fried calamari

Menu itemsEnergyFatCholesterol*
kJkcal(g)(mg)
Fried calamari & medium chips:
Fried calamari (45 g), lemon juice, medium portion chips (120 g)
187744721117
Fried calamari & rice:
Fried calamari (45 g), lemon juice, cooked rice (65 g)
6661594117

* Chol = cholesterol
** Add energy content of carbonated cold drinks (see Point 9, below)

Slimmer’s notes:
The energy content of your calamari meal will be increased:

  • By eating chips instead of rice
  • By drinking large quantities of carbonated cold drink with your fried calamari

Fat and cholesterol watchers’ notes:
The fat content of your calamari meal will be increased:

  • By eating chips instead of rice

The cholesterol content of your calamari meal is not influenced by the addition of chips instead of rice.

5) Fried fish

Menu itemsEnergyFat Cholesterol
 kJkcal(g)(mg)
Fried hake & medium chips:
1 Small portion of batter-coated or crumbed, fried hake (60 g), lemon juice, medium portion of chips (120 g)
20684922544
Fried hake & medium chips:
1 Medium portion of batter-coated or crumbed, fried hake (120 g), lemon juice, medium portion of chips (120 g)
25806143288
Fried hake & medium chips:
1 Large portion of batter-coated or crumbed, fried hake (180 g), lemon juice, medium portion of chips (120 g)
309373639131

* Chol = cholesterol
** Add energy content of carbonated cold drinks (see Point 9, below)

Slimmer’s notes:
The energy content of your fried fish meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of fried fish
  • By drinking large quantities of carbonated cold drink with your fried fish

Fat and cholesterol watchers’ notes:
The fat content of your fried fish meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of fried fish

The cholesterol content of your fried fish meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of fried fish

6) Grilled fish

Menu itemsEnergyFat Cholesterol*
 kJkcal(g)(mg)
Grilled hake & medium chips:
1 Small portion of grilled hake (60 g), lemon juice, medium portion of chips (120 g)
18214341942
Grilled hake & medium chips:
1 Medium portion of grilled hake (120 g), lemon juice, medium portion of chips (120 g)
20864971984
Grilled hake & medium chips:
1 Large portion of grilled hake (180 g), lemon juice, medium portion of chips (120 g)
235356020126

* Chol = cholesterol
** Add energy content of carbonated cold drinks (see Point 9, below)

Slimmer’s notes:
The energy content of the grilled fish meal is lower than that of the fried fish meal. The energy content of your grilled fish meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of grilled fish
  • By drinking large quantities of carbonated cold drink with your grilled fish

Fat and cholesterol watchers’ notes:
The fat content of the grilled fish meal is lower than that of the fried fish meal.
The fat content of your grilled fish meal will not increase much even if you eat larger portions of Hake.

The cholesterol content of your grilled fish meal will be increased:


  • By eating larger portions of grilled fish

7) Pizza

Menu itemsEnergyFatCholesterol*
 kJkcal(g)(mg)
Pizza with cheese, tomato & olives:
Small portion (50 g)
52112468
Pizza with cheese, tomato & olives:
Medium portion (90 g)
9382231114
Pizza with cheese, tomato & olives:
Large portion (340 g)
35438444054
Pizza with cheese, tomato, olives & salami:
Large portion (340 g)
41579905383

* Chol = cholesterol
** Add energy content of carbonated cold drinks (see Point 9, below)

Slimmer’s notes:
The energy content of your pizza meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of pizza
  • By adding fatty toppings like salami
  • By drinking large quantities of carbonated cold drink with your pizza

Fat and cholesterol watchers’ notes:
The fat content of your pizza meal will increase:

  • By eating larger portions of pizza
  • By adding fatty toppings like salami

The cholesterol content of your pizza meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of pizza
  • By adding fatty toppings like salami

8) Pita with fillings

Menu itemsEnergyFatCholesterol*
 kJkcal(g)(mg)
Pita with savoury beef:
Small pita (70 g), savoury beef (60 g), lettuce, tomato, onion (35 g), plain yoghurt (40 g)
1427340745
Pita with savoury beef:
Large pita (85 g), savoury beef (80 g), lettuce, tomato, onion (35 g), plain yoghurt (40 g)
1756418958
Pita with chicken:
Small pita (70 g), chicken, roasted (60 g), lettuce, tomato, onion (35 g), plain yoghurt (40 g)
1541367844
Pita with chicken:
Large pita (85 g), chicken, roasted (80 g), lettuce, tomato, onion (35 g), plain yoghurt (40 g)
19084541170

* Chol = cholesterol
** Add energy content of carbonated cold drinks (see Point 9, below)

Slimmer’s notes:
The energy content of your pita meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of pita and meat
  • By eating roast chicken including skin, instead of cooked beef
  • By drinking large quantities of carbonated cold drink with your pita

Fat and cholesterol watchers’ notes:
The fat content of your pita meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of pita and meat
  • By eating roast chicken including skin, instead of cooked beef

The cholesterol content of your pita meal will be increased:

  • By eating larger portions of pita
  • By eating roast chicken including skin, instead of cooked beef

9) Carbonated, sweetened cold drinks

QuantityEnergy in kJEnergy in kcal
175 ml bottle29270
300 ml bottle501119
500 ml bottle835199
1 litre bottle1670397
1,5 litre bottle2505596
340 ml can568135

Calculated with FoodFundi 2 Professional (1998) (Penta Medical Systems)

- (Dr I V van Heerden, D.Sc.)


 
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