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Check Out These New Fast Food Health Scores


Check Out These New Fast Food Health Scores

While fast food restaurants have made a song and dance of introducing healthier options, a Deakin University study has found they score terribly when it comes to playing their part to prevent obesity in Australia.
The ‘Inside Our Quick Service Restaurants’ report scored the top 11 fast food outlets, based on their nutrition policies.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the rankings:
  • Subway: scored 48 out of 100
  • McDonald’s: 42 out of 100
  • KFC: 41 out of 100
  • Nando’s: 31 out of 100
  • Domino’s: 3 out of 100

But what about healthy fast food options?

It’s true that many fast food joints offer so-called ‘healthier’ options, but the Deakin report found they’re barely promoted in favour of the mainstream meal deals.
Only Subway and Nando’s publicly published their internal nutrition policies (when asked by researchers), while most other outlets didn’t provide any comment. Instead, they sent the researchers to their websites where nutritional information was either hard to find or difficult to read.

Isn’t fast food just a treat?

For some people, yes. But data shows we actually spend over a third of our food budget on takeaways and dining out. So it’s no wonder the Deakin team are pushing for a review of all fast food chains’ policies on preventing obesity and ill health – especially when it comes to kids.
They’d like to see more prominent marketing for healthier choices – and hold take away joints more accountable for their menus. 

So what should I eat for take away?

So-called healthier choices on take away menus can be bamboozling. If you can, opt for menu items that have plenty of fresh veg – and skip the sauces if you can.
A dietician or nutritionist can also advise you on how to incorporate healthy treats into your diet.

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