Favorite Fast Food No More – Shocking Calories
We all crave a juicy cheeseburger and salty French fries every once in a while, even though we know how bad they are for us. But just how bad are those burgers, fries, shakes, and other fast-food fare? Check out the calorie counts for these fast-food faves!
It probably comes as no surprise that McDonald’s is at the top of the list of popular fast-food restaurants. Cheap, convenient, and tasty, McDonald’s food is a top choice for many families on hectic nights. You might think twice about ordering that Big Mac next time, though, because it comes with a whopping 540 calories. Add in medium fries (380 calories) and a medium Coke (210 calories), and you’ve consumed 1,240 total calories.
Say you’re in the mood for chicken instead, so you head over to KFC. A chicken breast (360 calories), mashed potatoes with gravy (120 calories), a biscuit (180 calories), and a medium soft drink (230 calories) will cost you 890 calories. Add in one of their apple turnovers (250 calories), and you’re up to 1,140 calories.
If you’re not feeling a burger or chicken, you might try Mexican food instead. If you order a Taco Bell chicken Fiesta Taco Salad (730 calories), Mexican rice (120 calories), and cinnamon twists (170 calories) and wash it all down with a large Pepsi (380 calories), you’ve just consumed 1,400 calories.
As you can see, even seemingly healthy fast food comes at a high calorie price. When you just don’t have the time or energy to cook at home, try out the healthier items and smaller portion sizes at your favorite fast food joints. Most places offer healthy alternatives to fries, such as apple slices and string cheese. Opt for water instead of a Coke. And getting a kids’ meal instead of a combo meal will give you a smaller serving size, save you money, and still leave you satisfied.