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The most fattening fast-food meals in SA

Article Source: www.businesstech.co.zaJanuary 28, 2015

South Africans love their fast-food, so much so that we’ve eaten our way to becoming one of the most obese nations in the world.

The Lancet issued research by the Global Burden of Disease in 2014 listing the obesity ratings of 188 countries across the globe – and South Africa ranked highly, as one of the most obese nations.

According to the research report, 38.8% of all men over the age of 20 are considered overweight and obese – of these, 13.5% are categorised as obese.

For women, the figures are even worse – with 69.3% of women over the age of 20 considered overweight and obese, of which 42% obese.

While these are not the highest stats in the world (an ‘honour’ which belongs to nations such as the USA, and Mexico) this does make South Africa by far the fattest country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Fast food, fatty meals

One of the most commonly cited reasons for South African’s growing obesity problem is the ‘westernisation’ and urbanisation of the population.

Fast-paced urban lifestyles don’t leave much room for physical activity, and increasingly put people into contact with fast-food, which often carries high fat, sugar and salt content.

While bodies vary, based on normal BMI the average man should ingest around 2,400 Calories (or kilocalories) a day, and the average woman around 2,000 Calories.

These meals listed below are the most fattening items from a number of popular South African fast-food chains which, in some cases, could fill the recommended daily intake (RDI) quota in one meal.

BusinessTech counts the calories of some of South Africa’s most loved fast-food meals.

Wimpy (Burgers)

Family-favourite, Wimpy has many high-calorie meals that exceed the double bacon and cheese burger, but grills and steaks are more for sit-in than fast-food take-away.

Double Bacon and cheese burger

 

Price

R72.00

Calories

765 kcal

Fat

55.2 g

Saturated fat

22.3 g

Cholesterol

181 mg

Sodium

1213 mg

% of RDI

35%

Kauai

Hawaiian-themed and health-focused Kauai offers many healthy meals and fitness-ready smoothies – but the chain’s peanut butter bomb (loaded with extra whey protein) isn’t shy to pack on the bulk.

Peanut butter bomb (650ml)

 

Price

R48.90

Calories

825 kcal

Fat

33 g

Saturated fat

6 g

Cholesterol

5 mg

Sodium

307 mg

% of RDI

38%

Steers

While the famed King Steer Burger (at 655 Calories), the chain’s double rack of ribs and medium chips menu option dethrones it as the heaviest offer.

Double rack of beef ribs and chips

 

Price

R129.99

Calories

1,112 kcal

Fat

54.0 g

Saturated fat

30.0 g

Sodium

2165 mg

% of RDI

51%

Nando’s

Nando’s, with its flame-grilled chicken is often touted as the healthier route to the deep-fried delights of KFC – but its half-chicken and wedges meal (up-sized of course), still packs a punch.

Half chicken and large wedges

 

Price

R83.80

Calories

1,132 kcal

Fat

60.0 g

Saturated fat

15.3 g

Cholesterol

212 mg

Sodium

1170 mg

% of RDI

51%

KFC

KFC’s Wicked Zinger box meal comes packed with a burger, Zinger wings, chips, mash and a coke. It is the heaviest meal for one on offer, if you can accept that no single person can finish a 3,665 Calorie 21-piece bucket all on their own.

Wicked Zinger Box meal

 

Price

R64.90

Calories

1,527 kcal

Fat

57.4 g

Saturated fat

20.5 g

Cholesterol

181 mg

Sodium

3928 mg

% of RDI

69%

Burger King

New old-comer to South Africa’s fast-food scene, Burger King had people literally queuing for hours to get their hands on its Whopper burger. Of course, it’s the chain’s Big King XXL burger meal – packing 955 Calories for the burger alone- which takes the prize.

Big King XXL meal

 

Price

R73.90

Calories

1,538 kcal

Fat

75.3 g

% of RDI

70%

McDonald’s

McDonald’s has received massive criticism for its high-fat meals over the years – and rightly so. The company’s biggest bite in South Africa takes the shape of a 865 Calorie McFeast Deluxe burger. Slap on the super-size chips and soda, and we’re looking at a 2,000 Calorie meal.

McFeast Deluxe XL meal

 

Price

R66.50

Calories

2,073 kcal

Fat

91.4 g

Saturated fat

43.2 g

Sodium

2181 mg

% of RDI

94%

Roman’s Pizza

Roman’s Pizza is a popular pizza take-out spot thanks in large part to its double-pizza prices. The chain sells its pizzas in twos, with both thin and thick base options. Technically you could double the information below, if you ate both pizzas on your own.

Chicken n’ Mayo & Feta Pizza – Large (pan base)

 

Price

R142.90

Calories

2,311 kcal (288 kcal per slice)

Fat

108.6 g

Saturated fat

51.2 g

Sodium

5389 mg

% of RDI

105%

Debonairs

It should come as no surprise that a pizza chain would take the top spot on this list – particularly when that pizza chain is Debonairs, which offers stuffed crusts, sausage-stuffed bases and, yes, the triple stack pizza.

Triple Decker Meat Pizza – Large

 

Price

R104.90

Calories

2,763 kcal (345 kcal per slice)

Fat

109.2 g

Saturated fat

68.1 g

Cholesterol

343 mg

Sodium

7454 mg

% of RDI

126%

Bonus – Cinnabon

While not technically a fast-food chain, Cinnabon has made a name for itself as being one of the heaviest pieces of doughy heaven you could ingest. One Cinnabon measures roughly the size of a fist, and accounts for half your RDI.

Caramel Pecan Cinnabon

 

Price

R27.90

Calories

1,080 kcal

Fat

50 g

Saturated fat

20 g

Cholesterol

25 mg

Sodium

960 mg

% of RDI

49%

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