The Unhealthiest Menu Items at Dairy Queen, According to Dieticians

Check out the Dairy Queen menu with prices, and you’d think that the costs are reasonable for fast-food items. But that depends on what you’re ordering. Order the wrong menu items at Dairy Queen, and you may end up paying more with just your money. You may be risking your health as well, especially when you do this regularly.

If your dietician has you on a strict diet, then you have to pay attention to what you’re ordering. Here are some items that may cause you to break your diet rules:

6-Piece Chicken Strip Basket

This is a menu item that your doctor surely won’t approve of. In fact, all the health experts in your life will be screaming at you if you even consider ordering this item. Never mind if you’re looking to stack up with some protein, since you get 52g of protein with this option. But the other stuff is just terrible.

You get 1,250 calories right off, with just this single order, along with 10g of saturated fat. You actually get 61g of total fat, along with 121g of carbs that won’t do with a low-carb diet.

Then there’s the sodium content. With a massive dose of 3,190mg of sodium, it’s as if you’re eating pure salt by the cup. Seriously, even if you aren’t on a strict diet, you’re better off without this dish under your belt.

Half-Pound FlameThrower GrillBurger

This gives you 2 patties, along with bacon and extra cheese. Sure, it also comes with lettuce and tomato along with a massive 51g of protein. But the protein and these veggies don’t change the fact that this burger loads you up with 970 calories. Add the 25g of saturated fat and 2g of trans fat, along with the wince-inducing 1,570mg of sodium, and you’re really pushing it.

Half-pound Cheese GrillBurger

Obviously, when you upgrade the size of the regular Cheese GrillBurger to half a pound, you’re boosting the calorie, fat, and sodium levels. That’s not good at all, when your burger gives you 800 calories, 21g of saturated fat, and 1,110mg of sodium. You’re better off with the regular, if you’re worried about your health.

Turkey BLT Sandwich

Theoretically, this may seem a healthy option. You’re getting plenty of veggies in your sandwich, and the turkey may be a healthier meat option. And if you only check the calorie content, you may be right. It only comes with 580 calories. The 9g of saturated fat isn’t totally evil, either.

What should give you pause, however, is the sodium content. It’s just too high at 1,550mg. If your doctor has you on a low-sodium diet, then this sandwich will certainly break the rules.

Chili Cheese Dog

Again, this may not seem all that bad on paper. It only comes with 420 calories, although you do have to worry about the 11g of saturated fat and 1,070mg of sodium.

But a single Chili Cheese Dog simply won’t fill you up. So if you’re having this for lunch, then you’re likely to get 2 of these to feel satiated. That means you’re actually getting 840 calories, 22g of saturated fat, and a whopping 2,140mg of sodium!

Cheese Curds

It’s true that you ought to avoid the Pretzel Sticks with Zesty Queso (330 calories, 500mg of sodium) and Onion Rings (360 calories, 840mg of sodium) when you’re just looking for a snack. There are healthier options out there.

But the absolute worst is the Cheese Curds, which sets you up with 530 calories and 1,110 mg of sodium. That’s not a snack. That’s a meal, and not a healthy meal to boot.

Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard

There are lists online that put the Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard as the very best flavor among all the Blizzards. But in terms of nutritional content (or lack thereof), this just won’t do at all. Even the small size order burdens you with 780 calories, 22g of saturated fat, and 390mg of sodium.

What really takes the cake (so to speak) is the sugar content. With 87g of sugar, it’s just like you’re lobbing a grenade at your health.

Peanut Buster Parfaitt

How unhealthy is this? Well, the small peanut butter Blizzard is actually healthier, and Blizzards aren’t healthy at all.

This comes with 710 calories, along with 18g of saturated fat. The 68g of sugar is just too much as well.

Fudge Stuffed Cookie Dessert

This may be a good choice if you’re sharing tis equally with a buddy. It’s an indulgent dessert to be sure, as you get a decadent chocolate chip cookie with a gooey fudge center. That’s served hot from the oven, which complements the cold and creamy vanilla soft serve and Cocoa Fudge that’s also part of the order.

It’s really 2 desserts in a single order, which explains the 640 calories and 17g of saturated fat. You also get 55g sugar, which isn’t really surprising at all, either.

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