Fast Food Information - Dieting
|Fast Food Information - Dieting
It is a safe assumption that Ronald McDonald is too busy tallying
up how many trillion hamburgers he’s served up. The
Wendy’s guy, Dave what’s-his-name, would rather help
the old lady at the drive-thru find the beef. And the short, chubby
guy with the apron? He’s somewhere out back, no doubt, making
the early-morning doughnuts, the dark circles forming under his
Well, they don’t call it fast food for nothing. Fast
business for fast people equals fast bucks in the pocket for these
whopping franchises. Believe me, they know the scenario all to
You’re whipping down that busy highway, late for an
appointment or in a hurry to get to work. Or maybe you’re on
your way home, knowing well that your refrigerator is as empty as
your stomach. Maybe you just don’t have the energy to even
twist the oven knob.
Nonetheless, you can’t help but become drawn to that sign
like a horseshoe magnet. Your car dips over the break in the road
and your eyes are instantly mesmerized by the golden arches that
seem to stretch halfway toward heaven.
You know that Ronald and Grimace and the Hamburgler and those
fuzzy, little creatures could care less about the diet your on or
the aspirations you hold to deflate the spare tire around your
No, they could give a McNugget. But at times like these, neither
do we, as we sharply cut the wheel and screech into the parking
Sometimes theres just no other choice.
But before you go making Big Macs out of doughnut holes, remember,
not everything you take out of these tiled establishments has to
turn out as a Whopper-sized indulgence. Here’s what we
McDONALD’S: The home of the Big Mac and the Filet of Fish
has flown the coop. The chicken coop, that is. That’s because
the relatively new Grilled Chicken Deluxe, without the fattening
mayonnaise, stores only – get this – five grams of fat!
And it’s delicious!
Other wise choices on the menu would be the Grilled Chicken Salad
Deluxe with Red French Dressing and an 8-ounce container of Low Fat
Milk (12 grams of total fat). Or maybe a four-piece order of
Chicken McNuggets, a garden salad with fat-free vinaigrette
dressing, and an iced tea (11 grams of total fat). For the
breakfast crowd, the low-fat apple bran muffin or the hotcakes
(without butter, obviously) are wise choices.
BURGER KING: “Have it your way.”
Fine, then gimme a BK Broiler with no mayo (just 9 grams of fat),
a BK Side Salad (3 grams of fat) and a strawberry shake (6 grams of
fat). Next time, I’ll give the BK Broiled Chicken Salad (10
grams of fat) a shot or maybe the BK Garden Salad (5 grams of
WENDY’S: What other fast-food joint sells baked potatoes?
‘Nuff said. Hold the butter and the sour cream and you have
yourself a wonderful, fat-free source for carbohydrates.
Wendy’s also has a grilled chicken sandwich that is healthy
if you specify the “no mayo, please.”
Also, if you have time to unfasten the seatbelt and take a stroll
inside, many Wendy’s establishments offer a fabulous salad
bar, where you can put your healthy diet into your own hands.
DUNKIN’ DONUTS: Slam dunk the jelly doughnuts and try some
of DD’s new low-fat muffins. The low-fat version of
Blueberry, Cherry, Apple & Spice, Banana, and Cranberry Orange
pack only a gram and a half of fat each, while the Bran Low-fat
Muffin holds just one. Even the Low-fat Chocolate Muffin stores a
mere 2.5 grams of the fatty stuff. If muffins aren’t your
thing, most bagels served at DD’s range between a gram or two
per fat for each bagel. Dunkin’s also offers low-fat cream
cheese if you can’t bear to eat it plain.
DOMINO’S PIZZA: Okay. So maybe you’re home now from a
brutal day at the office and into the company of your fridge, your
stove, and your oven. But really, the last thing you feel like
hearing is the clanging of pots and pans. You just slipped off that
heavy coat or out of those uncomfortable heels and now you’ve
sunk into the sofa. The telephone is an arm’s length away.
Your mind says ‘no’ but you’re tummy is
definitely saying ‘yes’.
Well, Domino’s isn’t that bad. It could be worse.
Two slices from a large cheese pizza total 9.88 grams of fat. Not
the end of the world. Two average pieces of their delicious buffalo
wings combine for 4.78 grams of fat. Not the end of the world. Two
of their crispy, delicious breadsticks total 6.68 grams of fat. Not
the end of the world.
As for a large, thick-pan, four-topping pizza? Well, that’s
the end of this story.
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