Healthy Fast Food?

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Healthy Fast Food?

  1. 1. Don’t Be Fooled By ThesePopular ChoicesHealthier doesnt mean healthy.According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2013 Restaurant Industry Forecast, 75percent of women and 66 percent of men say they’re trying to eat healthier at restaurants thanthey did two years ago. Keeping with the trend, more quick-service restaurants are rolling out so-called nutritious options as more consumers demand them. The chains are also reducing servingsizes, calories, and fat, and offering more whole grains and veggies.Even so, we discovered many dishes marketed as healthier choices are still packed with moresugar, sodium, and calories than you might think. Take a look on the next slides. If you do decideto indulge, try to eat fresh, unprocessed whole foods the rest of the day to help offset yoursplurge.
  2. 2. Burger King: Turkey BurgerIn an effort to cater to health-conscious consumers, BK is rolling out a turkey burger for the firsttime in spring 2013. But while the 530-calorie burger is 100 calories less than the popularWhopper, it actually has a lot more sodium (1,210 milligrams compared to the Whopper’s 980).McDonald’s: Egg White DelightRolling out in spring of 2013, the yolkless version of the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich willhave 250 calories, which is 50 less than the original. But the sandwich will be topped withCanadian bacon and white cheddar, which contribute to its whopping 800 milligrams of sodium(34 percent of the recommended daily maximum). The good news? This breakfast sammie boasts18 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, a good filling combo. If you eat one, try to watch yoursodium intake the rest of the day.Mediterranean Chicken WrapThis healthy-sounding wrap and 25 other items were added to the Quiznos menu in spring of2012 as part of a brand overhaul to emphasize better flavor and ingredients. But the words“wrap” and “Mediterranean” are just marketing-speak to healthy up this sneaky dish, which withdressing contains 840 calories, 48 grams of fat, and 2,200 milligrams of sodium.Quiznos: Mediterranean Chicken WrapThis healthy-sounding wrap and 25 other items were added to the Quiznos menu in spring of2012 as part of a brand overhaul to emphasize better flavor and ingredients. But the words“wrap” and “Mediterranean” are just marketing-speak to healthy up this sneaky dish, which withdressing contains 840 calories, 48 grams of fat, and 2,200 milligrams of sodium.Dunkin Donuts: OatmealLast fall Dunkin Donuts began offering a 300-calorie cup of Quaker Oats topped with dried fruit.(McDonald’s and Subway have also had oatmeal on the menu for the past few years.) Oatmeal—especially the steel-cut kind—is one of the healthiest items you can eat for breakfast, anexcellent source of fiber and whole grains. But the plain DD version packs 22 grams of sugar! Forcomparison, the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 30 to 45grams of added sugar a day. If youre going to try it, avoid the sweet stuff in your other meals andsnacks.Auntie Anne’s: Honey Whole Grain PretzelWith just 300 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 6 grams of fiber, this whole-grain option sounds like ahealthier snack. But compare the nutrition facts to the original pretzel (340 calories, 5 grams offat, and 2 grams of fiber), and it’s not that much better for you if at all. Plus, the whole grainversion is also much higher in sodium: 1390 milligrams compared to 990.

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