Eat this. Not that

By admin
27 August 2013

When buying fast food, try to choose the healthier option.

Dieticians Justine Aginsky and Lisa Raleigh provided these top tips to keep in mind when you’re looking for healthier meals at fast-food outlets.

All the values mentioned are for a 100 g serving. You’ll probably eat more than 100 g at a time, especially when you order pizza. Therefore if you eat a 300 g serving you should triple the values.

  • Including chips with your meal can add 11 g fat and 173 mg salt. Take your food home instead and make oven-baked chips.
  • Ask whether brown rolls are available for burgers – this will add fibre to your meal.
  • Order pizzas with vegetables, pineapple or lean chicken toppings instead of fatty or salty meat toppings such as salami, and ask for less cheese.
  • Drink water before eating fast food. Half the time you feel hungry you’re in fact thirsty.
  • Opt for low-fat flavoured milk, unsweetened fruit juice, mineral water or diet cooldrinks instead of sugar-rich cooldrinks or milkshakes.
  • Eat fast food as a treat and on days when you work out, and eat more healthily for the rest of the day.
  • Include an undressed salad with your meal to increase fibre intake.
  • Order with a friend so you can share a meal.
  • Always order chicken without skin.
  • Remove the top half of the burger to reduce the empty kilojoules in the meal.
  • Be wary of combos that include chips and a fizzy cooldrink.

-Kim Arendse

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