Eating Well (or at Least Not Terribly) at Fast Food Restaurants

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-05-12 12:29:20 -0500
Started 2013-05-09 15:29:40 -0500

I am not a huge fan of the fast food chains, but like so many of us, there are times when it's the only option on the road. So…here are some carb totals on some popular chain fast foods, that might help you at least choose a little better in a pinch.
By: diabetes health

Clay Wirestone May 7, 2013

Here's a little secret for those of you looking to eat right: Fast food restaurants don't have to be your enemy. That's right, those brightly lit temples paying tributes to burgers, and fries, and nuggets can actually provide healthy meals if you're in a rush. The key, as always, is to be careful and informed about the choices you make.

No one-possibly not even the restaurants themselves-will say you should eat fast foot three times a day, seven days a week. And it's best to prepare your own healthy food at home as often as you can. But people with diabetes are all too familiar with compromise. We have to compromise to live, given how demanding this condition can be.

And the restaurants themselves have made the task easier in recent years. They have added more and healthier options. They have made nutrition facts more easily available. They aren't charities, of course-the job of these chains is still to sell you as much fattening food as possible-but the situation is better than it used to be.

Here's a list of five mostly healthy meals from major fast-food chains. I've arranged them based on amount of carbs, going from lowest to highest. Carbohydrates aren't the only important nutrition information, of course, but they are how most people with diabetes calculate insulin dosage, and they do have the most direct impact on blood sugar.

A couple of disclaimers before we begin. First, these meals are not, by most standards, "low-carbohydrate." They should be thought of as lower or moderate carb. Second, you can always go to a restaurant and order a plain salad, without dressing, and be healthy. My goal here is to point out actual menu items that you might want to eat..

All of the figures are taken from the chains' respective websites, which means they should hold true for most franchises. That being said, there will be some variance from meal to meal, so use your head when chowing down.

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2 replies

Fefe12 2013-05-11 03:48:41 -0500 Report

Oh those fast food places. Its like a bad penny and will always show up. If you have ever researched what they put in the food at those places you will have second thoughts about eating in them. We have a large health food store in town and I really like the food there. We only have a couple burger places that serve a lettuce wrapped burger so I only will go there. That and 10 french fries is all I eat(which is a serving) when I do want that kind of food, but I dont do it very often The grocery store has better choices. I work too hard to mess my diet up with fast food. I always carry nuts in the car so Im never without something to eat. I will throw an apple, cheese, trailmix in my bag if Im going out for awhile. Its also much cheaper to bring food from home.

GabbyPA 2013-05-12 12:29:20 -0500 Report

You are so very right. I try very hard not to eat at them anymore. We do quite well at it really. Once you get away from it, it gets easier as time goes by.

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