You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know fast foods aren’t the healthiest options out there. However, what many people don’t know is just how bad they are, and whether some options are healthier than others?
The team of home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have put together a guide on how to navigate the best and worst of the fast food options in Australia.
Why shouldn’t I eat fast food?
Fast food and takeaway foods are often high in:
- Saturated fat
If you evaluate the nutrients of typical fast food options, they are low in:
Without these essential nutrients to keep our body healthy, you risk contracting dangerous conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.
Which options should I try?
Plain hamburgers can be a good option, with extra salad. It is recommended you opt for grilled meat instead of deep fried.
If you are getting pizza, opt for a thin crust with healthier toppings.
If you have the option for sides, opt for salad or vegetables, such as the corn at Nandos, instead of chips. Similarly, if you are getting a drink, it is always better to drink water than soft drinks.
Tip: Don’t be tempted by juice or Vitamin Water – they often have the same, if not more, sugar in them than soft drinks!
McDonalds: Grilled chicken wrap
Hungry Jacks: Whopper Junior
KFC: Original recipe burger
Which options should I avoid?
Foods that are particularly high in fat and salt such as chips, fried chicken and fatty meats.
McDonalds: Double Quarter Pounder
Hungry Jacks: Ultimate Double Whopper
KFC: Wicked Wings Snackbox
House Call Doctor recommends you eat fast food in moderation in conjunction with a balanced and healthy diet.