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TS-15: Fast Food Choices

TS-15: Fast Food Choices

Is It Possible to Make Healthier Fast Food Choices? Yes!

1. Choose smaller portions.

Avoid king, large, and super sizes. You can significantly reduce the number of calories you consume by eating smaller portions.

2. Hold the condiments.

Avoid extra toppings. Eliminate the use of dressing, mayonnaise and other high calorie condiments for less calories and fat.

3. Avoid drinking extra calories.

You can significantly reduce the number of calories you consume by choosing a drink that is lower in calories and fat.

Food Item Larger Portion Smaller Portion

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets 20 pieces = 840 calories, 49 grams fat 6 pieces = 250 calories, 15 grams fat McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake 32 fl. oz. = 1,160 calories, 27 grams fat 12 fl. oz. = 440 calories, 10 grams fat Burger King Fries King size = 600 calories, 30 grams fat Small size = 230 calories, 11 grams fat

Coca Cola 32 fl. oz. = 310 calories, 0 grams fat 12 fl. oz. = 110 calories, 0 grams fat

Condiment Added Calories Added Fat McDonald’s Creamy Ranch Sauce 200 calories 21 grams Burger King Creamy Garlic Caesar dressing with garlic toast 200 calories 13.5 grams Dunkin Donuts plain cream cheese 190 calories 17 grams

Higher Calorie Drinks Lower Calorie Drinks McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake 32 fl. oz. = 1,160 calories, 27 grams fat Apple Juice 6.8 fl. oz. = 90 calories, 0 grams fat Starbucks Mocha Frappaccino with whipped cream 24 fl. oz. = 530 calories, 18 grams fat Coffee with 1/4 Cup skim milk and sugar, 1 teaspoon = 70 calories, 0 grams fat Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Bean Coolatta 16 fl. oz. = 440 calories, 17 grams fat Tea with no milk or sugar = 0 calories, 0 grams fat

What makes a more healthful fast food meal?

Add it up! How much do you need?

Not So Healthful Choices More Healthful Choices Taco Bell

1. Grilled stuffed burrito with beef =
720 calories,
33 grams fat

2. Regular style Nachos Bell Grande =
780 calories,
43 grams fat

3. Large Coca Cola
32 fl. oz. = 310 calories,
0 grams fat

Pizza Hut

1. Meat Lover’s stuffed crust pizza
2 slices =900 calories,
42 grams fat

3. Large Mountain Dew
32 fl. oz. = 300 calories,
0 grams fat

Taco Bell

1. Bean burrito =
370 calories,
10 grams fat

2. Crunchy Taco (Fresco style) =
150 calories,
7 grams fat

3. Diet Soda or Bottled Water
any size. = 0 calories,
0 grams fat

Pizza Hut

1. Pizza Hut veggie lover’s personal slice pizza
2 slices =300 calories,
12 grams fat

2. Diet Soda or Bottled Water
any size. = 0 calories,
0 grams fat

Total = 1,810 calories,
76 grams fat
Total = 1,200 calories,
42 grams fat
Total = 520 calories,
42 grams fat
Total = 300 calories,
12 grams fat

How many calories a day do you need to eat?

How many grams of fat should you eat each day?*

Boy (8 years old) Girl (8 years old) Man (35 years old) Woman (35 years old) Less Active

Calories per day: 1,400
Grams of fat per day: 45
Less Active

Calories per day: 1,400
Grams of fat per day: 45
Less Active

Calories per day: 2,400
Grams of fat per day: 80
Less Active

Calories per day: 1,800
Grams of fat per day: 60
More Active

Calories per day: 2,000
Grams of fat per day: 65 More Active

Calories per day: 1,800
Grams of fat per day: 60 More Active

Calories per day: 3,000
Grams of fat per day: 100 More Active

Calories per day: 2,200
Grams of fat per day: 72

* Recommended Daily intake of Calories and Fat, according to MyPyramid (the new Food Guidance System from the United States Department of Agriculture) for boys and girls, women and men, who are less active (less than 30 minutes per day) or more active (more than 60 minutes per day).

SOURCE: All information adapted from websites: bk.com, mcdonalds.com, tacobell.com, pizzahut.com, starbucks.com, cspinet.org and mypyramid.gov.