If you want to cut out some extra calories at Dairy Queen, you may want to skip dinner and go straight to dessert.
Fans of Dairy Queen and lovers of savings can celebrate. The fast food and ice cream chain started off 2017 by adding a new $5 Buck Lunch. DQ patrons can now order a deluxe bacon cheeseburger, side of fries, drink and small sundae for only $5.
But despite its low cost, the meal's calorie count remains high: If ordered with a Diet Coke, the new $5 Buck Lunch contains 1,070 calories, 50 grams of fat and 1,815 milligrams of sodium.
The data analysts at HealthGrove, a health research site by Graphiq, combed through Dairy Queen's menu to find the most caloric food and dessert items. The foods are ranked by increasing calorie counts. When ties occur, items are ordered by larger amounts of fat, sodium and sugar.
Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, the top five items on this list contain over half the day's worth of calories and over 80 percent of the daily recommended value of fat. Surprisingly, not a single dessert item breaks into the top 10 most caloric offenders. So, if you want to cut out some extra calories, you may want to skip dinner and go straight to dessert.
Note: All data was collected on 1/12/2017 from Dairy Queen's nutrition and allergens document. The document only includes permanent menu items and may not include limited-time offers.
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