Thursday, January 29, 2009
Is There Such a Thing as Healthy Fast Food?
If you’ve seen the movie Super Size Me, chances are, you may not have had a Big Mac since. In his 2004 documentary, Morgan Spurlock, inspired by troubling statistics on American obesity, relied on the shock value of a thirty-day McDonald’s diet to show audiences what they already knew about fast food: that it’s not healthy. But what remains is that many Americans—because of habitual, financial, or other reasons—still eat it. Is there such thing as healthy fast food? Four years ago, a food company invented a way to cook low-fat fried foods by using a protein-based batter found in the muscles of discarded fish parts. Have the Burger Kings and Wendy’s of the world implemented this technology? Well, not exactly. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t included healthier items to their menus. Here are ten healthy suggestions. 1. Subway 6-Inch Veggie Delight. The commercials don’t lie: it really does have less than 6 grams of fat. In fact, it only has 3, the least of any “6 grams of fat or less” option on the menu. 2. McDonald’s Southwest Salad. This salad contains less than 140 calories and less than five grams of fat (as long as you don’t include chicken or dressing. 3. McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (with granola). This may be the only healthy breakfast item you’ll ever find at a fast food restaurant. It contains 15 percent of your daily vitamin C and calcium needs. 4. Wendy’s Strawberry Yogurt Squeezerz. Gram for gram, this 70-calorie squeeze tube has fewer calories, less sugar, and more potassium than Dannon® Danimal Xtreme Berry Avalanche snack. 5. Wendy’s Mandarin Oranges. This small cup of fruit contains 40 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. 6. Burger King Apple Fries. These skinless apple slices are cut like and served in the same container as French fries, so you may be able to fool your little one into thinking this snack is an indulgent treat. One order has just 25 calories. 7. Subway Fruizle Express – Sunrise Refresher. This flavor of Subway’s popular fruit smoothies contains no fat, no cholesterol, is high in vitamin c, and is low in sodium. 8. Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill. Compared to the ones at Wendy’s and Burger King, this sandwich has significantly less calories, fat, and sodium. By Nathan Schiller QualityHealth News
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