Fast Food

Burger and chips

We use these words quite often but what do they mean?  If you look them up online you’ll find they generally refer to highly processed foods: for example burgers, that are prepared quickly or are available on demand.  These foods are often bought in fast- food restaurants.

Should I be eating fast foods?

Eating healthily isn’t about cutting out all processed foods, but about getting a balance of foods in your diet.  So if you eat these foods less than once a week you needn’t worry.  But if you eat these foods several times a week then you need to think carefully about the choices you make.

Can you make better choices in a fast-food restaurant?

More burger and pizza chains are beginning to explore what healthier options they can offer to customers in their restaurants.  Several now offer details of the nutritional composition of their products, which allow you to browse and choose more sensibly.

If you are watching your weight or want to eat healthily, the following guide might help you make a better choice.

Choose:

  • Milk, fruit juice, water and sugar-free diet drinks
  • Deli sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Grilled chicken
  • Fruit
  • Smaller portions
  • Low-fat dressings - say no to mayo
  • Hot drinks like regular coffee and tea with low fat milk

Limit:

  • Fries (especially thinly cut fries as these tend to absorb more fat)
  • Thick milkshakes and regular fizzy drinks
  • Large portions – go for regular size
  • Fried foods
  • Pies and pastries

Try choosing before you go:

Try limiting your fast food eating to just once or twice a week.

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