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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|