. 19659003] Today I feel a degree of fast-food melancholy that I have not experienced since discovering that USDA defines a portion of French fries as poor 12-fries. My good humor owes to a new study in the Journal of Preventive Medicine entitled "Calorie and Nutrient Profile of Combination Dishes in US Fast Food and Fast Casual Restaurants" the study Directed by Kelsey A. Harvard TH's Cuts The Chan School of Public Health should evaluate the nutritional value of fast food combination dishes and suggest ways to make them healthier.
Take away? Combined meals would be much healthier if we ordered them without toppings, gravy, lemonade, or other components that would delight us.
After analyzing the nutritional data of 34 fast-food chains, the researchers found that the average combination meal, when ordered without modification, contains 1,193 calories, with saturated fat, sodium and sugar levels well above recommended levels Values lies. As Vercammen told Reuters Health if we simply order our combination dishes with clear water and rid the entrees of toppings and dip sauces, customers could dramatically reduce those levels. That would leave us with about a water and a barefoot, sauceless burger. Can we still have the fries? I beg you.
Vercammen told Reuters that these "realistic customer changes" could have dramatic effects on the nutritional content of the meal, as the highest calorie combination meals on average contain 500 calories more than the standard combination meals. Giving up a soda may not be difficult for some, but a cheese-free burger? A chicken sandwich without sauce? Nuggets without their kick?
Part of what makes fast food so attractive to many is its comfort factor as well as its comfort factor. Somewhere in our American minds is the taste memory of how exactly a Whopper or a Double-Double tastes. Take away the special sauce, and why even bother? Many Americans are trying to choose healthier and more powerful foods, but if I eat a plain beef patty with water, I'd rather take a salad.