Are fast food joints getting healthier?

Published 9:13 am Tuesday, July 5, 2005

By By JULIE RUSSELL-The Brewton Standard
In our fast-paced world that demands satisfaction. Americans do everything on the run-including eating and digesting their meals. Luckily, the phrase "healthy fast food" is no longer an oxymoron.
Over the past several years, fast food chains have been implementing more and more healthy food options, largely due to the fact that obesity has become a serious issue.
According to the American Obesity Association, 60 million adults in the United States are obese, while 127 million are overweight.
The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion reported Alabama as a "state where greater than or equal to 25 percent of adults are obese" in 2003.
The 2004 movie, "Super Size Me" pointed fingers toward fast food restaurants-McDonald's specifically-for contributing to the rampant weight and health problems many Americans face. However, healthy alternatives are available.
Williams also boasts of the other healthy menu items, such as the Bacon Ranch salad, the Caesar salad and the Cobb salad-all of which can come with chicken and low-fat dressing.
McDonald's English Muffins contain only 15 calories from fat, and they also have a variety of low-fat grilled chicken sandwiches.
Several other fast food options are Subway, Arby's and Burger King.
Subway's menu is often boasted of as nutritious, thanks to their spokesperson, Jared Fogle, who lost 245 pounds eating Subway sandwiches.
She estimated that about 40 percent of Subway's menu is made up of low-fat items.
Johnson said that "even though she's not on a diet," one of her favorite Subway items is the baby spinach salad with grilled chicken, and a customer favorite is the low-carb wrap.
One of the healthiest items on Burger King's menu is the veggie burger, while Arby's serves up light sandwiches.
Though there are many good options for eating quickly, nutritionists suggest steering clear of fries and extra large portions.

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