Healthy Eating at Fast-Food Restaurants
Fast-Food is becoming more and more acceptable and convenient in our society. With our daily busy schedules, many just don't have time to prepare the food at home or go out to eat at a restaurant. Fast-food restaurants also offer low price, variety and predictability. However, they tend to be very high in fat, salt, sugar and, therefore, in calories. The guidelines below can help you limit fat, salt, sugar and especially calories at fast-food places:
|Fat, grams per meal||20-25||30-35|
|Sodium*, milligrams per meal||<1000||<1000|
|*Large amounts of sodium may contribute to high blood pressure. The average American eats 10-60 times more sodium than needed per day. The recommended daily allowance of sodium is 2400 mg, or 6 g of salt.|
If you do exceed the above amounts, try cutting down on those three categories throughout the rest of the day.