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Making the Best Choice: How To Choose a Healthier Fast Food Meal

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High-Calorie Menu Choice
Food Items Calories Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g)
102 grams of total fat = 25½ teaspoons of fat
Double meat cheeseburger 1,120 76 30
Medium french fries 360 18 5
Medium chocolate shake 500 8 5
Total 1,980 102 40
Lower-Calorie Menu Choice
Food Items Calories Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g)
14 grams of total fat = 3½ teaspoons of fat
Grilled chicken sandwich, no mayonnaise 330 7 1
Salad, low-fat dressing 75 5 1
Low-fat (1%) milk 110 2 2
Total 515 14 4
  • Choose your sandwich without mayonnaise or special sauce.
  • Order sandwiches without cheese.
  • Choose not to supersize.
  • Have water, unsweetened iced tea, or a diet soft drink instead of a regular soft drink or a milkshake.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free dressing.
  • Plan ahead – have a healthy, low-fat breakfast and lunch if you plan to eat out for dinner.

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.

Last Updated March 2012

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