Choosing healthy fast-food options

More than a third of American adults eat at fast-food restaurants every day. But it’s possible to make healthy choices at these restaurants, say experts.

“People aren’t just going to stop eating at fast-food restaurants tomorrow,” said Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in an October 3, 2018 Consumer Reports article. “A more achievable goal is for more people to pick healthier items when they eat there.”

Bleich suggested drinking water instead of sugary beverages, since liquid calories from sodas, shakes, and other sugary drinks can add up quickly.

Other healthy strategies for fast-food restaurants include paying attention to calorie counts—dressings and toppings can make even a salad surprisingly high—opting for a kid’s meal instead of a full-size meal, or swapping grilled items for fried ones.

Read the Consumer Reports article: How to Eat Better at Fast-Food Restaurants