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Fast Food Restaurants and Healthy Choices
In today’s society, people are always on the move and don’t always have time for home cooked meals. Many of these people make the choice to eat fast food, most likely because it is a fast meal and takes no time to prepare. When it comes to fast food restaurants, there are unhealthy restaurants like McDonalds and then there are healthier restaurants like Subway.

Higher Calories vs. Lower Calories
When choosing what kind of food establishment you want to go to, it is always a good idea to know the nutritional information for the food you want to eat. By knowing this information, you will be able to make a better decision towards choosing an establishment that serves healthier food keeping you in better shape. McDonald’s Calories

McDonalds’ food tends to have higher calories than foods that you would find at an establishment such as Subway. The Big Mac burger from McDonalds’ for instance has 550 calories (http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.sandwiches.255.Big-Mac.html) and that is just the burger itself; that is not including any French Fries that come standard with the meal. The Premium McWrap Chicken & Bacon (Crispy) has a whopping 620 calories (http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.chicken.1063.Premium-McWrap-Chicken-Bacon-Crispy.html) and once again, this is not including any sides that you might want to get with your meal. Of their “Burgers and Sandwiches,” only 15 of 37 menu items have less than 400 calories and that is not including any sides. It is also noteworthy that many of their items also have high sodium content (http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/full_menu_explorer.html). Subway’s Calories

Subway’s food tends to have lower calories than that of McDonalds. The 6” BLT only has 320 calories (http://www.subway.com/nutrition/nutritionlist.aspx). A 6” Cold Cut Combo only has 360 calories (http://www.subway.com/nutrition/nutritionlist.aspx). Their highest calorie count sandwich, the Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt (includes cheese), only has 570 calories (http://www.subway.com/nutrition/nutritionlist.aspx). Out of the 29 sandwiches listed in their nutritional information, 18 have less than 400 calories. That is 62% of the meals compared to 40% of McDonalds’ meals. It does have to be mentioned that not all of McDonalds’ meals were looked at due to trying to keep the total number of meals looked at close to the same. When you look at Subway, they also have 9 sandwiches of the 29 that are below 300 calories. Like McDonalds though, none of these items include any sides you might order with your sandwich. One should also pay attention to the items that make up their meal, such as meat, bread, greens, etc. Ingredients in Food

Another key item that you want to look at when choosing your food is what makes the food. We are not talking specific ingredients such as this chemical and this dye; more we are speaking bread, meat, and other items like those. McDonalds’ Ingredients

When you get food from McDonalds’, the ingredients that you get are frozen burger patties, frozen fries, and frozen chicken nuggets. You are not getting fresh food that has not been frozen. It is noteworthy however that their beef patties are not cooked until they arrive at the restaurant from which they are to be served (http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/food_quality/see_what_we_are_made_of/your_questions_answered/meats.html). McDonalds’ also does not cook their food at the time of delivery, one look behind the counter and you can see that they store cooked food in bins until the food is put on a bun. French fries are also left under heat lamps until they are packed into the containers that hold them and put with your meal. The same practice goes with chicken nuggets. While this may not have a lot to do with your food being healthy, it does have to do with your food being...
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