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Eat to Grow: Food Facts

Fast food, fast fat? The good, bad and ugly at quick-serve restaurants.

According to Reader’s Digest, quick-serve restaurants raked in more than $125 billion last year. One of the most popular is Burger King, with its various Whopper renditions. ‘Okay, here comes the depressing news,’ you may be thinking, but it’s not all bad.

True, BK’s Big Fish Sandwich is not a healthy choice. It has 710 calories and 39 grams of fat, 15 of which come from saturated fat. Oh, and it also has 1,160 milligrams of sodium. Ouch! A better choice is the Chicken Whopper, which has about 580 calories and 26 grams of fat, only 5 grams of it saturated. Sodium is still a problem, though, with 1,370 milligrams.

The best choice is the veggie burger: 330 calories, 10 grams of fat (only 1.5 grams of saturated fat) and 770 milligrams of sodium. Don’t, however, wash it down with an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shake. The chocolate version adds 790 calories and 27 grams of saturated fat. Double ouch!

You say you eat at McDonald’s because they switched to healthier cooking oil? A Super Size order of fries still packs more than 600 calories.

‘Becky Holman

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