Healthier doesn’t mean healthy.
According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2013 Restaurant Industry Forecast, 75 percent of women and 66 percent of men say they’re trying to eat healthier at restaurants than they did two years ago. Keeping with the trend, more quick-service restaurants are rolling out so-called nutritious options as more consumers demand them. The chains are also reducing serving sizes, calories, and fat, and offering more whole grains and veggies.
Even so, we discovered many dishes marketed as healthier choices are still packed with more sugar, sodium, and calories than you might think. Take a look on the next slides. If you do decide to indulge, try to eat fresh, unprocessed whole foods the rest of the day to help offset your splurge.
Burger King: Turkey Burger
Courtesy Burger King
In an effort to cater to health-conscious consumers, BK is rolling out a turkey burger for the first time in spring 2013. But while the 530-calorie burger is 100 calories less than the popular Whopper, it actually has a lot more sodium (1,210 milligrams compared to the Whopper’s 980).
McDonald’s: Egg White Delight
Rolling out in spring of 2013, the yolkless version of the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich will have 250 calories, which is 50 less than the original. But the sandwich will be topped with Canadian bacon and white cheddar, which contribute to its whopping 800 milligrams of sodium (34 percent of the recommended daily maximum). The good news? This breakfast sammie boasts 18 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, a good filling combo. If you eat one, try to watch your sodium intake the rest of the day.