Monthly Nutrition Article
Fast Food: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
By: Wes Cade,
The fast food industry generates billions of dollars in revenue each year with 25 restaurant chains topping $1 billion, and 43 exceeding the $500 million mark in 2010 (the most recent data available). Burger giant McDonald’s has no peer at $32.4 billion, more than tripling Subway, a distant second at $10.6 billion in revenue.
I will qualify fast food appropriately enough by how fast one can order and receive one’s food: under 10 minutes or less the majority of the time. A drive-through is not a requirement, or we would lose such entities as Chipotle (#18 in sales revenue), Panera Bread Co. (#13) and Dunkin’ Donuts (#7). Yes, we all like us some bear claws and honey buns!).
I am frequently asked which fast food offerings I would choose if I had to make a choice. That choice would depend on my goals at that moment, and in all honesty, how hungry I am. On the weekend I find I am less regimented: I sleep later, eat breakfast later, then suddenly it’s two in the afternoon, and I’ve eaten only once… that’s when I begin to rationalize why Whataburger is actually healthy for me – it has veggies like onions, pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce. Never mind about the artery-clogging saturated fat in the meat and cheese, or the diabetes inducing insulin blast from the white flour and potatoes, so I get a Diet Dr. Pepper with the combo meal.
This bit of indulgence may hit closer to home than many would care to admit. Once a week? Not a big problem. Once a day? You’re on the way to becoming a Fatty McButterpants (in the words of Doug Heffernan of King of Queens). Let’s look at some potential healthier options at a few fast food eateries, then mention a few of the heaviest offenders, just for jiggles and giggles!
Nutrition Speclialist, Ortho-Kinetics® Trainer New members receive a complementary 30-minute nutrition evaluation with Wes! Call Member Experience to schedule a consultation that could change your life! 972-386-2580In this months Nutrition Article, Wes examines common fruits’ caloric range and fiber content.