2013-01-02 18:54:23 - Millions of Americans are looking for ways to eat healthier in 2013, but fast food habits die hard. The good news, however, is that is that you don't have to give up fast food to eat well -- and be happy when you see how your clothes fit.
The fast food industry's increased focus on lower calorie and lower carbohydrate foods is making it easier than ever for Americans get a good meal on the run. But navigating the menus isn't as simple as ordering salads -- and staying away from the burgers and fries.
January 2, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRYING TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR'S PROMISE TO YOURSELF -- BUT STILL LOVE FAST FOOD?
THERE'S GOOD NEWS. YOU CAN HAVE YOUR BIG MAC® -- AND STILL FIT INTO YOUR SKINNY JEANS.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN --
"It's all about knowing what's behind the menus," says Alex Lenhoff, founder of FastFoodNutrition.org, the nation's leading website devoted to educating the public about fast food options. "Some of the items that sound like they'd be healthy choices are among the worst things on the menu."
Many times, salads and wraps are topped with highly caloric ingredients, such as bacon, cheese and creamy dressings.
What might have been a healthy salad can be loaded with calories and fat.
"For example, a Burger King® TenderCrisp® Chicken Apple and Cranberry Salad, with dressing, has 700 calories and 41 grams of fat," Lenhoff said. "You could actually save some calories at Burger King® by ordering a Bacon Cheeseburger and a small order of fries."
And beware of the ever-growing burger: The classic Big Mac® is a big, filling burger -- checking in at 540 calories and 29 grams of fat. But it's dwarfed by some of the newer burger offerings: Sonic's® SuperSONIC® Bacon Double Cheeseburger tips the scales at 1,280 calories and 92 grams of fat.
Some of FastFoodNutrition.org's top entrée choices for watching your waistline:
McDonalds'® Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken (190 calories; 5 grams fat)
Taco Bell's® Fresco Burrito Supreme® (with chicken or steak) (340 calories; 3 grams fat).
Subway's® Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich (340 calories; 5 grams fat).
KFC's® Honey BBQ Sandwich (320 calories; 4 grams fat).
The only way to be sure you're ordering healthy fast food is to look up the nutrition facts. FastFoodNutrition.org has the nutrition facts for over 5,000 menu items from more than 25 of the most popular fast food restaurants in America. Unique features, such as a meal nutrition calculator, make it easy for consumers to get the nutrition information they need to make healthy choices. The website also features a mobile-friendly interface, allowing consumers to research their options from their phones while in a restaurant.
www.FastFoodNutrition.org is the nation's leading independent website devoted to educating consumers about their fast food options. The trade names mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.