Our world has completely changed when comparing it to past decades, especially when it comes to food. Instead of making dinner , lunch or even breakfast, we go out and buy fast food because it is easy, cheap and tastes good. This is the reason why obesity rates have doubled for adults and children since the 1970’s (National Center for Health Statistics, 2009).
Fast foods that caused obesity may be the foods that you eat on a daily basis.
Paninis- Most of you don’t know that paninis are fried. Ranging from 500-800 calories, but I know are so good. If you are going to a restaurant such as Panera Bread, try to check the nutrition facts before ordering, and order a half salad half sandwich (Nutrition Action Healtletter).
Loaded Pasta- Panera is the place where everyone wants to go because of the macaroni and cheese. A full serving is about 800 calories of oils, cheese, white flour, and cream. About 26 grams of saturated fats and 1,300-2,900 mg of sodium. Next time you are at Panera, skip pasta and go for a salad or sandwich (Nutrition Action Healtletter).
Burritos- When going out for Mexican your self-discipline goes completely down the drain once the big fresh bowls of queso, salsa and guacamole arrive with crispy chips. Ordering the burrito with a white tortilla, beef, beans, cheese, rice, and sour creme is about 200 calories per item listed. Not to mention the rice and beans on the side…and the chips you filled up on. Try getting a bowl instead of burrito from Chipotle, or making homemade Mexican food, like I posted on this blog. It tastes just as good, but doesn’t have you feeling bloated, guilty, or 20 times heavier after (Nutrition Action Healtletter).
Deep dish pizzas- Sure, having a thin crust pizza topped with veggies is fine once in a while, but heading out to BJ’s for their deep dish pizza is adding 1,500-2,000 calories to your body, also letting you keep 3,000mg of sodium (a two day supply) with you for the next 2-3 days. That’s why people get bloated after eating salty things (Nutrition Action Healtletter).
Pancakes- IHOP is known for their crazy assortment of pancakes: chocolate chip, cheese cake, jelly donut, blueberry, fruity, cinnamon etc. An order of pancakes with one of these fillings can range from 800-1100 calories of pure white flour and 13 tablespoons of added sugar, 2 days worth for women, and 1 1/2 for men. Next time get vegetable omelets, oatmeal, or wheat toast and eggs instead (Nutrition Action Healtletter).
Frosting- purely butter and sugar, about two tablespoons is 140 unhealthy calories. A cupcake at sprinkles has about 3 tablespoons. Use whipped cream or my frostings instead (Nutrition Action Healtletter).
There are many more, these are just some of the top unhealthy fast foods. Everybody likes to go out once in a while. Make eating out a treat…not a daily routine.