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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

Fast-Food Fare Still Gets a Failing Grade

Fast-food marketers may trumpet the “healthful” menu options they’ve added in the past decade, but a study suggests that, overall, the fare is as unhealthy as ever. Researchers analyzed calorie counts of foods at eight major chains in 1997–1998 and again in 2009–2010. The average calorie count for a fast-food meal didn’t change over 14 years, though the average side item has 45 fewer calories today than it did years ago.
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2012

The RestaurantThe "Healthy Option"The Nutrition Toll

Arby’s Chopped Farmhouse Salad
with crispy chicken
430
calories
1,000
mg of sodium*

KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken, breast220
calories
730
mg of sodium*

McDonald’s Premium Bacon
Ranch Salad With Crispy Chicken
390
calories
870
mg of sodium*
Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad with beef780
calories
1,380
mg of sodium*
Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad770
calories
1,810
mg of sodium*
*People with high blood pressure, which is common with diabetes, are often instructed to limit sodium to no more than 1,500 mg total each day.
 
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