Healthy Choices For Fast Food Lovers
Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) Times sure have changed in the fast food
industry, and certainly for the better. With an abundance of lower-fat alternatives, it is now
possible to make better choices at fast food restaurants so you can eat with convenience, without
spending more than a few dollars, and without worrying about gaining a few pounds.
For those of you who like to frequent the pick-up windows, check out these helpful hints for
lower fat fare.
Instead of the large sizes, try ordering a diet soft drink, a small pop, a non-soft drink, or other
beverages like water, juice, 2% milk and lower-fat milk shakes are all better choices. It should be
noted that a milkshake at McDonald's only contains five grams of fat.
Burgers and Fries
They had it right in the beginning when they came out with small burgers. Common sense tells
us that the bigger the burger, the more the fat. It's no surprise that the added cheese, bacon,
mayonnaise and special sauces serve to increase the fat. Helpful hint: choose your toppings
wisely. Why not ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles.
Same rule applies for fries: the smaller the better. At McDonald's, for instance, you could
have a burger, fries and soft drink that add up to more than 1100 calories, or fewer than 500; it
just depends on which items you order and how large they are.
Chicken and Fish
The rules are simple here. Deep fried versions usually contain more fat. While chicken
nuggets and Filet of Fish styled sandwiches might be chosen every so often, a grilled, roasted or
broiled piece of chicken or fish would be your best bet. Like the burgers, it's what you put on top
that ultimately determines the total fat content.
Wraps and Pitas
Wraps are sweeping the nation as a popular health-conscious fast food choice. They're made
from pita bread or flour tortillas and stuffed with salad ingredients, chicken, fish, beans and
You just have to watch out for the dressings and sauces. A Garden McWrap for example, has
only 313 calories and 6.5 g of fat.
If you want more details on the nutritional facts of your food choices, most chains provide up
to date information booklets on their menus.
"At McDonald's restaurants for example, you can find a "Food Facts" brochure at its service
counters. It describes in full detail the ingredients and nutritional information of its entire menu.
This is ideal for those who pay special attention to their food choices including people with food
allergies," said Sheila Murphy, dietitian-nutritionist.
So there you have it, it's possible to enjoy a convenient, energizing meal at most fast food
restaurants. You need only to consider your options wisely and make them as lean as you wish.