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What You Should Know About Fast Food

Aug 12, 2008
If at all possible, just stay away from fast food restaurants; for the most part, you won't find a health selection that won't blow all your calories in one meal. If you just have to eat out, make sure you find out if the place you want to eat at offers the low cal/low fat menu items and choose from those. Make healthy choices and always remember moderations.

Most people work at least 8 hours a day and then there's the commute home; who wants to cook dinner after all that? It's very tempting to just stop and pick something up; a readymade meal to just set on the table and dig in. However, it may be fast and easy, but it's not always good for you. Here I will explain some of the facts about those easy, fast food dinners you bring home to your family.

When you think of fast food you think of McDonald's. Let's say you order a double cheeseburger with fries and a medium coke. If your diet allows you just 2,000 calories a day, you've just gotten half of that in one meal. The meal described above has over sixty grams of fat and 1,100 calories.

Good old Kentucky Fried Chicken; a very popular fast food restaurant, is a favorite of a lot of people because they think chicken is a healthy meal. It is if you cook it correctly. However, one chicken breast, cooked in the original style is loaded with 21 g of fat and over 300 calories. Add the mashed potatoes, slaw, gravy, and biscuit, and now, what you thought was healthy has turned into a fat feast.

Pizza Hut Pizza - It's so easy to come home exhausted and fall prey to the convenience of pizza delivery. A Large Pepperoni pan pizza has about 14g of total fat and 270 total calories per slice.

If you eat 2 slices of that pizza, you will have consumed around 28g of fat and about 540 calories total. Add extra cheese or other toppings and you'll cost yourself even more fat and calories.

Subway offers a variety of menu options, some low fat and low calorie choices. However, if you choose a sub from the regular menu, such as chicken parmesan (6 inch) you'll be getting close to 18 grams of fat and some 500 calories. You think this restaurant is a healthy choice, and it can be, if you choose correctly, but regular menu items are still high in fat and calories.

Fast cars, fast lives, and fast foods; that's what we live in these days. Our careers and our families are always so busy; nobody has time to relax with a good, home cooked meal. The convenience of the drive-through window is our ticket to an easy dinner.
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