Fast Food No-No’s

fast-foodFast food menus are full of unnecessary calories, artery-clogging fats and blood pressure rising sodium. Here are some of the worst choices and some better options when eating fast food:

Chipotle
WORST: Burrito with your choice of meat, white rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, tomatillo salsa and guacamole over 1200 calories
60.5 grams Total Fat (18. 5g Saturated Fat)
2740 mg Sodium
114 grams Total Carbohydrates

BETTER: Burrito Bowl or Salad with your choice of meat, black beans, fajita vegetables and fresh tomato salsa (minus the rice, sour cream, cheese and guacamole)
under 400 calories
approx. 8 grams Total Fat (2 g Saturated Fat)
960 mg Sodium
25.5 grams Total Carbohydrates

Chick-fil-A
WORST: Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich with a medium order of waffle fries and large lemonade
1240 Calories
44 grams Total Fat (10g  Saturated Fat)
1835 mg Sodium
181 grams Total Carbohydrates

BETTER: Grilled Chicken Sandwich, fruit cup and large diet lemonade
400 Calories
5 grams Total Fat (2g Saturated Fat)
815 mg Sodium
62 grams Total Carbohydrates

Sonic
WORST: Bacon Double Cheeseburger with mayo
1240 Calories
87 grams Total Fat (35g Saturated Fat)
1690 mg Sodium
44 grams Total Carbohydrates

BETTER: Jr. Deluxe Burger (no mayo)
330 Calories
17 grams Total Fat (6 g Saturated Fat)
480 mg Sodium
30 grams Total Carbohydrates

Taco Bell
WORST: Fiesta Taco Salad – Beef
780 Calories
42 grams Total Fat (10g Saturated Fat)
1590 mg Sodium
74 grams Total Carbohydrates

BETTER: 2 Chicken Soft Tacos
320 Calories
10 grams Total Fat (5 g Saturated Fat)
960 mg Sodium
32 grams Total Carbohydrates

McDonald’s
WORST: Big Breakfast with Hotcakes
1090 Calories
56 grams Total Fat (19 g Saturated Fat)
111 grams Total Carbohydrates

BETTER: Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait
150 Calories
2 grams Total Fat (1g Saturated Fat)
30 grams Total Carbohydrates

Panda Express
WORST: Orange Chicken with Fried Rice and a Chicken Egg Roll
1150 Calories
44 grams Total Fat (8.5g Saturated Fat)
1750 mg Sodium
147 grams Total Carbohydrates

BETTER: Broccoli Beef with Mixed Veggies and Hot & Sour Soup
290 Calories
14 grams Total Fat (2 g Saturated Fat)
2080 mg Sodium
42 grams Total Carbohydrates

KFC
WORST: 3-pc Extra Crispy Chicken, Coleslaw and Biscuit
1420 Calories
88 grams Total Fat (19 g Saturated Fat)
3090 mg Sodium
85 grams Total Carbohydrates

BETTER: 6-pc Original Recipe Chicken Bites, Corn on the Cob and Green Beans
295 Calories
9.5 grams Total Fat (1.5 g Saturated Fat)
920 mg Sodium
27 grams Total Carbohydrates

Jordyn Forsyth is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She specializes in weight management, chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Jordyn strives to educate, empower and encourage others to make sustainable lifestyle changes. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Sciences from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.

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