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Gone are the days when fast food was a synonym for obesity and heart failure. The majority of fast-food restaurants have completely altered their menus to make their meals more nutritious, healthy, and guilt-free enjoyable.
Did you know that Donald Trump eats a lot of fast food? Yes. He has protested several times that McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken are among his favorites.
But more on that in fact #4.
It’s no big mystery why fast food is so popular. It can be prepared and served quickly, ideal for people who lead busy lifestyles, have short lunch breaks, or need to feed hangry kids ASAP. Plus, it’s mostly sinfully delicious and doesn’t leave you bankrupt.
But fast food did get a bad name for being high in fat, saturated fat, salt, and sugar that can lead to health problems, like high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.
But the world of fast-food chains has changed entirely in the past decade. Corporates are offering healthy choices, nutritional labeling is happening, and today you can have a fresh salad with your Whopper.
We’ve researched and gathered four facts that make fast food the sensible option for lunch, dinner, and even breakfast:
Fact #1: Fast Food Is More Diverse
The past decade was a transformational one for fast-food franchises. The health revolution drove chain corporations to introduce healthier options that include freshly-picked vegetables, lean meat, and low-fat cheese.
You can live on fast food all week long and still eat fresh produce, nurture your body, and save money while at it.
Salads are always a smart choice, and most major fast-food chains showcase healthy combinations of leafy greens and veggies in their menus. So you can consume your daily dose of vitamins A, C, and K, folate, iron, and calcium in one meal. You can even avoid the toppings and extras (croutons, ranch sauce, blue cheese, etc.) and opt for olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, and lemon juice.
It’s perfectly ok to eat a pizza once in a while. Simply order meat toppings with onions, tomatoes, spinach or artichokes, and you have all four food groups in one tray. Some pizza parlors also offer a lean cheese option and a thin crust to structure the perfect low-calorie meal.
Craving a hamburger? We totally get it! Go for a whole-wheat bun, switch the french fries with a salad with a light dressing, and quench your thirst with club soda.
You can apply these guidelines to every fast-food genre you like. The healthy options are there, and they taste just as good.
Fact #2: Fast Food Is Just the Right Size
Think about it; all fast-food places offer a meal, whether it’s a burger combo at Wendy’s, Chalupas Supreme Combo at Taco Bell, or a bucket meal at KFC. Someone already created a well-balanced, satisfying lunch/dinner for you.
Most of those predefined fast-food meals are lower than 500 calories, which is fantastically low, and they contain all the four food groups, minerals, and vitamins.
All that’s left for you to do is choose one.
Granted, some restaurants exaggerate when it comes to portion sizes. But if you can’t eat it all, pack it up, take it to-go, and save it for the next meal. Fast food tastes just as good if you refrigerate and reheat it.
Most of those predefined fast-food meals are lower than 500 calories.
Fact #3: Fast Food Is Transparent
Thanks to the health revolution that happened in the past ten years, nutritional information is available today at all the fast-food places. This information is typically showcased on menu boards, in-store flyers, and wraps/boxes. You won’t find this information at your favorite fancy restaurant, will you? Knowing the nutritional value of the foods you’re about to eat can help you make informed decisions.
Another positive change is that all fast-food restaurants are now using healthier cooking methods. They use vegetable oil instead of lard to fry foods, they grill chicken breast or broil fish instead of deep-fried them, and the products they use are carefully selected and examined by professional teams.
Got kids? No problemo! Kid-friendly meals are now filled with low-fat milk beverages, fruit slices to replace the ice-cream, and measured portions to make sure your child does not overeat.
Kid-friendly meals are now filled with healthier options.
The advantage fast-food restaurants have is that they can go beyond the cost and convenience factors with a little effort to offer you healthier options.
Fact #4: Fast Food Is Cleaner
So, yeah! Donald Trump is a sucker for fast food.
Check out the surprise that awaited the Clemson Tigers in the White House in 2017:
President Trump Welcomes the Clemson Tigers with a scrumptious Domino’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King dinner.
But Trump doesn’t just ‘like the taste’ of Quarter Pounders and Chicken Nuggets — he also believes that chain establishments are safer. “I like cleanliness,” he said at a Republican town hall back in 2016, “and I think you’re better off going there than maybe someplace that you have no idea where the food is coming from.”
And he is not wrong.
Chain restaurants are more strict with health protocols and have thorough food-handling manuals. Public health experts’ research shows that major corporate chains have consolidated and standardized their food prep operations, substantially cutting down on contamination. Even more so than fine-dining restaurants.
That’s super important, given that 48 million people come down with food-related illnesses every year (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
The reason that chain corporates go to such length to keep their food healthy is, they have a lot to lose. One bad publication may be devastating to a big brand. Also, loyal customers will not stay loyal if they get food poisoning. Ask President Trump!
Brian E. Murphy
Brian E. Murphy