Healthiest Fast Food Indulgences: Best of the Bad Foods

Nutrition expert outlines the healthiest fast food menu items available to satisfy cravings for french fries and other favorites.

Dan Winters
Health magazine

Sometimes, you just gotta have what you crave. Go right ahead: These are the best of the “bad” foods, says judge Frances Largeman-Roth, RD.

Breakfast Sandwich: Au Bon Pain Scrambled Eggs, Tomato, and Spinach Wrap; 390 calories, 15 grams of fat. Its not the absolute lowest for calories and fat, but it delivers 6 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein, plus 15 percent of your daily calcium.

French Fries: McDonalds Small Fries; 230 calories, 11 grams of fat. Even though Burger King lets you order their fries with no added salt, McDonalds still comes out lower in sodium (160 mg) and has 1 gram less saturated fat than Burger Kings value size.

Chicken Nuggets and Tenders: McDonalds 4-piece Chicken McNuggets (190 calories, 12 grams fat) or Burger King 4-piece Chicken Tenders (180 calories, 11 grams of fat). Burger King has 10 fewer calories and 1 less gram of total fat, but McDonalds is lighter on sodium. Take your pick.
Tracy Minkin and Brittani Renaud
Last Updated: February 19, 2009

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