Help, I'm at a Fast Food Chain!
WebMD's motto: Be prepared.
When we are desperate to grab something fast and we only have a 5-spot in
our pockets, many of us gravitate toward the nation's top 5 fast-food places.
As a nutritionist, I have to say that we couldn't do a worse thing for our
weight or our health. But I'm also an American, and unfortunately it's the
American thing to do. I do it, you do it, we all do it. Here's Elaine's
"Golden Arch" Rule in case it helps you: Don't let yourself eat fast
food more than once a week.
But when we do find ourselves under the golden arches or walking into
Wendy's, don't despair. With our help, you can go "fast fooding"
knowing how to choose wisely.
Actually, uncovering the most and least healthful fast food selections is
easy because many of the chains, like the ones below, provide nutritional
analysis on their menu items.
You'll notice the better choices listed below have 10-15 grams of fat or
less and the worst choices have 25-30 grams of fat or more. We want to have
some fat in each meal to keep it appealing, satisfying, and slowly digested so
we don't feel hungry right away, and 10-15 grams gives us some fat without
giving us too much.
Here are some of Fast Food's best and worst offerings:
|Lowfat Apple Bran Muffin||3 grams fat and 300 calories|
|Grilled Chicken Deluxe without mayo||5 grams fat and 300 calories|
|Hotcakes, plain||7 grams fat and 310 calories|
|Their smallest hamburger||9 grams fat and 260 calories|
|Grilled Chicken Salad Deluxe with 1 pkg Red French Reduced
Calorie dressing||9.5 grams fat and 280 calories|
|Egg McMuffin||12 grams fat and 290 calories|
|Their smallest cheeseburger||13 grams fat and 320 calories|
|Sausage Biscuit with Egg||37 grams fat and 550 calories|
|Big Mac||31 grams fat and 560 calories|
|Sausage Biscuit||31 grams fat and 470 calories|
|Quarter Pounder with Cheese||30 grams fat and 530 calories|
|Fish Filet Deluxe||28 grams fat and 560 calories|
|Sausage McMuffin with egg||28 grams fat and 440 calories|
|Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit||28 grams fat and 470 calories|
|Large size french fries||26 grams fat and 540 calories|
|Chicken McNuggets, 9 pieces||26 grams fat and 430 calories|
|Crispy Chicken Deluxe||25 grams fat and 500 calories|
|Sausage McMuffin||23 grams fat and 360 calories|
|Burger King's Best|
|BK Broiler Chicken Sandwich without mayo||9 grams fat and 370 calories|
|Chicken Tenders, 4 pieces||11 grams fat and 180 calories|
|Whopper Jr. Sandwich without Mayonnaise||15 grams of fat and 320 calories|
|Chick N Crisp without mayonnaise||16 grams fat and 360 calories|
|Burger King's Worst|
|Double Whopper with Cheese Sandwich||67 grams of fat and 1010 calories|
|Double Whopper Sandwich||59 grams of fat and 920 calories|
|Whopper with Cheese Sandwich||48 grams of fat and 760 calories|
|BK Big Fish Sandwich||43 grams fat and 720 calories|
|Chicken Sandwich||43 grams fat and 710 calories|
|Biscuit with sausage, egg & cheese||43 grams fat and 620 calories|
|BK King Sandwich||42 grams fat and 640 calories|
|Croissan'Wich with sausage, egg, & cheese||41 grams fat and 530 calories|
|Whopper Sandwich||40 grams fat and 660 calories|
|Bacon Double Cheeseburger||38 grams fat and 620 calories|
|Double Cheeseburger||36 grams fat and 580 calories|
|Croissan'Wich with sausage & cheese||35 grams fat and 450 calories|
|Biscuit with sausage||33 grams fat and 490 calories|
|King Size French Fries||30 grams fat and 590 calories|
|King Size Onion Rings||30 grams fat and 600 calories|