Some fast foods, no matter how popular, you just shouldn't bother eating. Ever.
You might've seen a headline like this before. The subsequent list was probably filled with dressing-less salads and veggie burgers wrapped in lettuce and it probably made you go, "Welp, guess I'm not eating healthy at those places anytime soon." DO NOT DESPAIR. We aren't having any of that, because people should know how to be relatively healthy at these places and still come away from the experience feeling full. That's your right, dammit!
For those of us that do eat fast food, we are blessed with an abundant choice of restaurants, so we can at least choose to eat at fast food restaurants that have the healthiest ingredients as well as healthy options on their menus.
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We’d like to talk about the up-and-comers and the rapid expanders. Which of these chains is Ray Kroc circa 1955, poised to change the fast food conversation for good? Some of them are new, with the earth-moving ambition of Silicon Valley startups, while others have modestly done their thing for decades—but recently hit their stride. We’ve got some chains that embrace sustainable sourcing, others that focus on healthfulness, and still others that just want to make a better burger.
But before you scarf one down, you might want to truly evaluate what’s going on with your fast food. Here are some truths that may make you wonder if you still want to go to there for lunch.
Despite extensive regulations governing certain areas of food processing, there are scant data available to the public about what really goes into some of their favorite restaurant meals. And what information is available—often on fast-food chains' websites—often omits crucial details.
“The word is out that highly processed foods are not a good basis for healthy diets,” adds food politics expert and author Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU. “The trend is clear: fresh, natural, local, organic. This is hard for fast food and processed food makers to accomplish, but they are all trying.”
So aside from staying well away from those “D Grade” fast food restaurants and only ordering chicken from McDonald’s, what more can you do to avoid antibiotics as much as possible?
...the new crop of healthy fast-food start-ups — Sweetgreen, LYFE Kitchen, Tender Greens and Native Foods — are not companies trying to dress themselves according to the latest fad. They are chasing a multibillion dollar market of well-off moms and Millennials who are demanding healthy and sustainable food that’s also convenient.
Heading to McDonald's for a healthy lunch might not sound like an easy task. But it can be.
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