Imagine you're an executive at a fast food restaurant chain and you've got a dilemma. Customers are looking for delicious, healthy food with high quality ingredients, but your boss wants you to keep costs down. How can you satisfy both your customers AND your boss?
Well Burger King has found a novel approach to this problem. Instead of improving the quality of ingredients in your food or making your food healthier, you can just change the name to make it sound better! This is exactly what Burger King has done with their fish sandwiches.
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Finding a healthy meal at Arby's just got a little tougher. While most fast food restaurants are eagerly adding more healthy options to their menus, Arby's is hard at work removing them.
Prior to recent menu changes, Arby's offered all of their chicken sandwiches and salads with the choice of either crispy chicken or roasted chicken. Now diners only have the option of the breaded and fried crispy chicken; all the roasted chicken offerings have been removed from the menu. So what does that mean for your diet?
Let's look at the Cravin' Chicken Sandwich, comparing the version with crispy chicken to the no longer offered version with roasted chicken. The Cravin' Chicken Sandwich with crispy chicken is worse for you in just about every way. Compared to the roasted chicken sandwich, the crispy chicken sandwich has more calories, more calories from fat, more saturated fat, more total fat, more cholesterol and more sodium. A diner who has to switch from ordering the sandwich with roasted chicken to crispy chicken will see their calorie intake go up by 34% and their fat intake go up by 83%!
So what the cluck, Arby's? What happened to the healthy chicken?
KFC is healthy? Well it can be if you're careful about what you order! KFC's fried chicken might be loaded with calories and fat, but their Kentucky Grilled Chicken, paired with a few healthy sides, can be a tasty, filling meal that won't break your diet.
For example, a meal of a grilled chicken breast, green beans and mashed potatoes only has 365 calories and 11 grams of fat. If that's still a little rich for your diet, skip the gravy on your mashed potatoes and your meal will clock in at a scant 335 calories and 10 grams of fat.
TIP: Next time you're at KFC, use our mobile website to check the nutrition facts on menu items before you order. Just visit FastFoodNutrition.org from your smart phone, and you'll automatically get sent to our mobile-friendly site.
The average American eats fast food 159 times a year. That's 3 times a week! Those who choose a burger, fries and cola for those meals are racking up over 190,000 calories a year. That's as many calories as you would burn running from New York City to Denver, Colorado!
The good news is that you can do better. There are healthier options at fast food restaurants. Use FastFoodNutrition.org to get informed and start making smarter choices today.
The Baja Chili Salad from Wendy's. Tortila chip strips, chili, pico de gallo, guacamole and cheese... in other words, a nacho platter on a bed of lettuce. This salad has a whopping 730 calories (420 from fat!), 47 grams of fat, and a gram and a half of trans fat. You just might be better off ordering a burger and fries.
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