I want to eat healthy but my family's always in a rush, so we stop at fast-food places a lot. What are some healthier choices from places like McDonald's?
Fast-food places can be confusing health-wise. You'd think chicken would be a better choice than beef — but at McDonald's the chicken sandwich has more fat and calories than a regular hamburger! Luckily, most fast-food places post nutrition facts on their websites so you can see what's in their food before you go. Look for foods that are low in fat, calories, sugar, and sodium — and high in fiber, vitamins, calcium, and iron.
If you don't have the nutrition facts, here's what to do: Choose smaller grilled items over fried foods. Order a side salad instead of fries (go easy on the dressing). Watch out for extras like bacon, cheese, and mayo. And choose water or skim milk to drink.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: May 2010
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