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Healthy Fast Food: 15 Best Bets on the Value Menu

What can you get for a buck or two that won't do in your diet?

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KFC

  • Honey BBQ Snacker ($1.22). Grams of protein per dollar: 11.5. Nutritional information: 210 calories, 14 g protein, 32 g carbohydrate (2 g fiber), 3 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 40 mg cholesterol, 530 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 13%. Provides 4% of the Daily Value for calcium, 10% Daily Value for iron.

McDONALD'S

  • McChicken sandwich without mayo dressing ($1). Grams of protein per dollar: 14. Nutritional information: 310 calories, 14 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate (2 g fiber), 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 30 mg cholesterol, 740 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 32%. 10% Daily Value for calcium, 15% Daily Value for iron.
  • Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait ($1). Grams of protein per dollar: 4. Nutritional information: 160 calories, 4 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber), 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 5 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 11%. 15% of the Daily Value for vitamin C, 15% for calcium.
  • Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap ($1.49). Grams of protein per dollar: 12. Nutritional information: 260 calories, 18 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber), 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 45 mg cholesterol, 800 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 31%. 10% Daily Value for calcium, 10% for iron.
  • Chipotle Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap ($1.49). Grams of protein per dollar: 12. Nutritional information: 260 calories, 18 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber), 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 45 mg cholesterol, 830 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 31%. 10% Daily Value for calcium, 10% for iron.
  • Cheeseburger ($1.07). Grams of protein per dollar: 15. Nutritional information: 300 calories, 15 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate (2 g fiber), 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 40 mg cholesterol, 750 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 36%. 20% Daily Value for calcium, 15% for iron.

TACO BELL

  • Bean burrito (99 cents). Grams of protein per dollar: 13. Nutritional information: 350 calories, 13 g protein, 54 g carbohydrate (8 g fiber), 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 0.5 g trans fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 1190 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 23%. 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, 8% for vitamin C, 20% for calcium, 25% for iron.
  • Pintos and cheese (99 cents). Grams of protein per dollar: 9. Nutritional information: 160 calories, 9 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate (7 g fiber), 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 670 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 34%. 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, 6% for vitamin C, 15% for calcium, 8% for iron.
  • Soft taco (89 cents). Grams of protein per dollar: 10. Nutritional information: 200 calories, 10 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate (3 g fiber) 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 630 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 40.5%. 4% of the Daily Value for vitamin A, 10% for calcium and iron.

WENDY'S

  • Small chili ($1). Grams of protein per dollar: 14. Nutritional information: 190 calories, 14 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate (5 g fiber), 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 40 mg cholesterol, 830 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 28%. 4% Daily Value for vitamins A and C, 6% for calcium, 10% for iron.
  • Sour cream and chive potato ($1). Grams of protein per dollar: 8. Nutritional information: 320 calories, 8 g protein, 63 g carbohydrate (7 g fiber), 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 10 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 11%. 4% Daily Value for vitamin A, 60% for vitamin C, 8% for calcium, 15% for iron.

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Reviewed on September 12, 2008

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