The "basic" baked potato at Wendy's, free of toppings, is 270 calories. A medium order of fries, in comparison, is 420 calories. If you load up the baked potato with generous amounts of cheese and a dusting of bacon bits, it's still only 480 calories. The rest of the potato options offered on the menu (bacon and cheese, chili and cheese, sour cream and chive, broccoli and cheese) are about the same, despite the seemingly gluttonous toppings.
While health trends have shifted in recent years, Estrada believes Wendy's baked potatoes still endure as a nutritious fast-food option. "You know carbs in general have fallen in and out of health trends, of course. But these baked potatoes are full of fiber, low in fat, have a great mineral content... they can still be a healthy vehicle for toppings," Estrada said. "As they always were."