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What is America’s top fast food item?

POSTED: March 13, 2017 9:01 a.m.
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A recent Gallup poll found that 8-in-10 people will eat a fast food joint at least once a month. This is up from 2006, when 1-in-4 people said the same.

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Americans love their fast food.

A recent Gallup poll found that 8-in-10 (80 percent) people will eat fast food at least once a month. This is up from 2006, when 1-in-4 (25 percent) people said the same.

The poll, which interviewed more than 2,000 adults, also found that 76 percent of people think fast food isn’t good for them, and yet they still eat it.

There’s also a wage gap between fast food fans and those who don’t eat it. Those who make $75,000 a year are less likely to eat fast food than low-income earners, according to the poll.

But what do Americans eat when they pull up into the drive-thru? And what are their favorite meals? The Ringer, a sports and popular culture news website, recently put together a list of the top 50 fast food items in the country.

The Ringer staff voted on the items, picking 100 nominees before voting it down to the top 50.

Here’s a look at the top five.

1. Waffle fries — Chick-fil-A

The crisscut fries topped the list. According to The Ringer, they cost $2.11 and have 400 calories.

2. Double-Double — In-N-Out

This is the only burger that cracked the top 5. According to The Ringer, the double-double costs $4.04 and is 670 calories.

3. Fries — McDonald’s

McDonald’s fries cost $2.29 for a medium and are worth 340 calories. Or are they?

4. Chicken — Popeyes

Popeyes chicken is awesome, according to The Ringer. It costs $6.77 for a mild chicken breast and is 440 calories.

5. Chicken Sandwich — Chick-Fil-A

A chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A costs $3.90 and costs 440 calories, too, according to The Ringer.

Head over to The Ringer to see what else made the list.
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