The BBQ Pulled Pork French Fries ($2.99) come smothered with warm cheddar cheese sauce, hickory-smoked pulled pork and are topped with one of three barbecue sauces. It's 470 calories with 23 grams of fat and 1,020 milligrams of sodium.
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The BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger ($4.99) is a burger patty topped with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, cole slaw and barbecue sauce. It's 640 calories, or about 90 calories more than a Big Mac. It has 33 grams of fat and 1,260 milligrams of sodium.
The BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich ($4.49) comes with pulled pork, slaw and barbecue sauce on a brioche bun. It's 410 calories, with 14 grams of fat and 1,230 milligrams of sodium.
One nutritionist is concerned about these numbers. "The sodium content is more than half of what is recommended for an entire day," says author and registered dietitian Brenda Davis. She's especially appalled by the pulled pork cheese fries. "It is never a good idea to take a perfectly respectable vegetable and throw it into a deep fryer, then pour on more fat and salt. These are the kinds of foods that are doing us in."
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But they're also the kinds of things consumers -- particularly younger consumers -- are clamoring for. "We're known for menu innovation...and customization," says Brandon Solano, senior vice president of marketing at Wendy's, in a statement.