Healthiest Fast Food
In the past it was almost impossible to say healthy and fast food in the same
sentence for sure. But in recent years with all the slamming of fast food restaurants on contributing to the obesity of the the American Public, things have improved greatly. If you pay attention, Healthy Fast Foods are available
at many, if not all, fast food restaurants, and you can find healthy fast food at most
|What we are going to try and do in this article is give you some methods to choose the healthiest fast food from any popular restaurant. Thereís quite a few obvious characteristics of high calorie and bad fat choices that are easy to spot. And there are also ways to determine the healthiest fast foods from available menu items. The trick is using a few guidelines to get the lowest calorie and fat content but still enjoy your meal. This is much easier since the menu items change with the weather at most fast food restaurants.
There are really three very important considerations when selecting the healthiest fast food. The amount of calories, the amount and type of fat, and especially the amount of bad boy trans fats. Trans fats are the worst possible type of fats to consume and your daily consumption should be 0, yep no trans fats is the goal. I often refer to trans fats as the widow maker of all the different types of fats since it contributes to Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, and Strokes. No kidding, daily consumption of trans fats will kill you, maybe not today but eventually.
healthy fast foods should contain no trans fats, acceptable amounts of calories, and as little bad fat as possible. Good fats (fats that come from vegetable oils) are unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. The bad fats are saturated fats, found in animal products (poultry skin, high-fat dairy, meat, and eggs) and in some vegetable fats
coconut and palm oils. Based on most nutritionists, itís OK to have about 7% of your calories from bad fats. There are quite a few good foods as far as basic nutrition goes but do have a small amount of bad fats like an
OK, hereís our basic guide lines for finding the healthiest fast foods:
Very low or no trans fats
Low calorie count (350 or less for main
No dairy products or just small amounts (thatís cheese and milk)
Up to 10-15% of good fats (polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats)
Watch out for special sauces (they are usually high calorie and fat items)
Drinks can add up to 300 calories for a soda so
watch what you drink
These simple and easy to follow rules can be applied to any restaurant meals but are especially useful at fast food restaurants.
They like to fry almost everything if they can. As an example you can get a milkshake and double cheeseburger from any of the popular fast food places. Letís throw in some onion rings to make it a
meal. Now I'm not picking on White Castle, all the fast food
brands are similar and this is just an example of how many
calories can be in fast food restaurants if you aren't careful.
White Castle Chocolate Shake - 1150 calories
Surf & Turf Slider w/Cheese - 540 calories
White Castle Homestyle Onion Rings Ė 810 calories
10 Pounds of FAT!!!
|So the three above selections are the worst possible scenarios and come to a total of 2500 calories and at least 100 grams of fat for one meal but I chose them to make a point. Even at half the numbers of calories and fat you can see the problem with fast food restaurants. But we only have ourselves to blame, we buy this stuff so they sell it. You can very easily hit 1300-1500 calories on bad choices in any
food restaurant. But the good news is many now have some healthy fast foods choices too. After getting tons of bad press, almost all restaurants do two things that can help you get the healthiest fast food. First, they list the calories and amounts of fats on most items. Second, they offer low calorie and fat dishes that actually taste good.
Healthy Fast Foods Choices
Hereís a good example of fast food that is healthy at a fast food place:
McDonalds Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich - 350 calories
McDonalds Snack Size Fruit & Walnuts - 210 Calories
McDonalds Diet Cokeģ (Medium) - 0 calories
Thatís not a bad meal on both taste or getting your fill. At a total calorie count of 560, low fat meat, and the good fat in the walnuts, itís a good balanced meal. Even children would go for this so itís a good choice all around. Most fast food places have similar choices that provide good nutrition and low calories and fat. When I was looking at the McDonalds menu I saw at least 7 or 8 combinations that fit this criteria and offer the healthiest fast food.
The best way to get the healthiest fast food is to check out the menu items on the calorie and fat content. Use the guidelines above and you should be able to
lose weight with fast food that is healthy and get a good meal for around 500-600 calories. The biggest change is that most fast food restaurants have changed the cooking oil to one that doesnít have trans fats. Thatís made a huge difference in amount of calories and bad fat. Healthy fast foods choice are there, you just have to pay attention when ordering.
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