Fast Food

We often eat fast food because it is quick and convenient, however it is not always healthy.

  • Eating fast food frequently may contribute to obesity and heart disease
  • Many fast food menu items are high in salt and saturated fat 

    • Saturated fat clogs the arteries leading to our heart and can cause a heart attack

  • When eating at fast food places, we tend to skip the fruit, veggies and dairy

Although fast food isn’t the best choice, sometimes it is the easiest option for a family. Here are some tips to make your visit to a fast food restaurant healthier

  • Order the smaller size sandwiches and ask for extra veggies on it.
  • Avoid sandwiches with 2-3 beef patties- a regular sized burger is normally half the calories
  • Order small French fries- this can save you up to 300 calories or order a fruit or vegetable side instead of fries.
  • Children should have child size portions or “Happy Meals”, not the adult sized ones
  • Choose non-fat milk or water instead of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Always choose grilled options over fried options
  • Limit sauces, which are normally high in fat or sugar like ketchup, BBQ sauce, honey mustard, mayonnaise, etc.
  • Be careful with salads and salad dressings! Many times the toppings and dressings can have extra hidden calories; look for lite salad dressings that are oil based and not cream based.