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New Fast Food Fare Bucks Health Trends

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Hardee's Monster Thickburger, made with two 1/3-lb. patties, cheese and bacon, packs 107 grams of fat. Hardees hide caption

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Even as Americans are urged to improve their super-sized eating habits, some fast food chains are offering bigger portions with more fat. And many customers are eating it up.

Monster Thickburger

About Fat Intake

The new government food guidelines recommend that people keep their total daily fat intake to between 20 percent and 35 percent of calories.

Because everyone's daily caloric needs differ, the recommended amount of dietary fat varies from person to person. A person on a diet of 2,000 calories a day is allowed 65 grams of fat each day. If that person ate a Hardee's Monster Thickburger, he would be eating more than 1 1/2 times his daily allowance of fat.

Fast Food Nutrition Facts

Calorie info and tips for healthy eating at popular fast food restaurants:

Last November, Hardee's made headlines when it introduced its Monster Thickburger. The burger has two 1/3-pound charbroiled patties, topped with bacon, three slices of American cheese and mayonnaise, all between buttered buns.

Nutritional Information: 1417 calories, 107 g fat

Enormous Omelet Sandwich

Last month, Burger King introduced its Enormous Omelet Sandwich, packed with two slices of American cheese, two eggs, three strips of bacon and a sausage patty on a toasted bun.

Nutritional Information: 760 calories, 50 g of fat

Super Shakes

Hardee's has introduced old-fashioned milkshakes with hand-scooped ice cream that double the fat content of its old milkshakes. Sister chain Carl's Jr. is in the process of testing the new shakes in its stores.

Nutritional Information:

Old Shake: 700 calories, 7 grams of fat

New Shake: 715 calories, 33 grams of fat