Fast Food Myths
Some people consider any meal served at a fast food restaurant to be junk food. That really doesn't make sense. True, fast food meals do tend to be somewhat heavy on fat and low on fiber. However, well-balanced meals containing foods from all four food groups are quite possible in the fast food sector.
An occasional hamburger with French fries makes for a good meal on a once or twice a week basis. Better yet, take your child to a fast food restaurant that also serves pizza, tacos, fish sandwiches, or salads. Occasionally order fruit juice instead of a soft drink. This provides some fruit pulp instead of straight sugar with flavoring. Cut the skin off the fried chicken to cut down on the cholesterol and saturated fats. Choose a variety of pizza toppings rather than ordering sausage on all of your outings.
In summary, having dinner at a fast food restaurant has become an undeniable part of our fast-paced society. It is here to stay, and, it's harmless as long as we can teach our youngsters to rotate restaurants and try a variety of foods.
If you have other questions about healthy foods, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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