If you live on planet earth you must have eaten fast food at least once. Fast foods are cheap, quick, tasty, convenient and also fills your belly very well. It is also very portable and that's why it became a very popular choice among busy people who are always on the run. However, most fast foods are not healthy at all.
A single fast food meal can give you enough fat, sodium and calories that you should actually have in an entire day or even more. Even worse for the people who eat fast foods on regular basis are risk of various health hazards. There are a lot of people and who eat fast food daily for breakfast, lunch and even for dinner. Unfortunately, many of them are not aware of what they are leaning towards.
Fast foods are very low in nutrition and high in trans fat, saturated fat, sodium, and calories. For example if you eat a sack of hash bites you consume 10g of trans fat which is very unhealthy. According to the American Heart Association you should consume less than 2g of trans fat in a day. In regard to that you have just eaten 5 days worth trans fat at a time!
Likewise most meals in a fast food restaurant contain unhealthy fat that we should to eat over several days. With the unhealthiness comes the risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many other life threatening diseases that may kill you.
In a bad economy this "quick and cheap" choice is preferred by a lot of people and is hard to resist. No matter the reason people choose to eat fast foods, if you know how to make healthier choices you can reduce the calorie intake and chances of health problems. Well, that's what you are going to read about next.
Even if you pick the healthier choice you must not make a habit eating fast foods regularly. It's alright to crave for a juice burger or pack of french fires every now and then but don't eat them too often.
To eat healthier at fast food restaurant it's better to prepare yourself before you go there. How? Check or download online guides that tell you about the nutritional facts of meals at your preferred restaurant. Google "Fast Food Restaurants & Nutrition" and you will find plenty of free guides. Or just use common sense when ordering your meals. For example, choose a salad with fresh vegetables, lighter dressing and grilled toppings rather than one with rich dressing and fried toppings.
You should also note how much you are eating. Many fast food restaurants serve enough food for several meals in a single serving. That is why you should choose your portion carefully.
So, how do you make healthy choices? Read the description on the menu carefully. The dishes that have deep-fried, pan-fried, batter-dipped, basted, breaded, crispy, creamy, scalloped or in cream sauce in the description are likely to contain high calories and unhealthy fats. Try to avoid them and pick something with more vegetables and choose leaner meats if you are going to eat meat.
Beware of high calorie packed rich salad dressings, cheese, spreads, sour cream, mayonnaise and similar products. Whenever possible order you burger without the tomato sauce or mayonnaise. Instead get a packet of sauce and put it yourself so you have control over how much you are adding.
Drink water with your meal rather than soft drinks or soda. Soft drinks are huge source of calories and most of it comes from the high fructose corn syrup that is added for sweetness.
Chew your food thoroughly and completely. Take enough time to eat your meals and avoid eating on the run. It takes some time for the saliva in your mouth to break down the foods for proper digestion. Also, stop eating before you are completely stuffed. Our body needs some time before it registers the food that you have just eaten. It will help digestion and you will feel relaxed and satisfied.
Follow these tips and you will eat less calories at fast food restaurants, enjoy your food and feel satisfied at the same time.