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the article does not mention the choice of what to drinkl we order water and add walmarts early rise packet which has 100% vit c and only 5 calories per 8 9z. tastes like orangade Report
TOO MUCH SODIUM! There's only one thing on this list I myself would deem suitable and that is the taco bell hard fresco taco, but even that is ridiculous. How can Sparkpeople actually deem these healthy?

I am surprised to see the yummy Martha's Vineyard salad at Arby's listed here. Not that it isn't healthy - it's just not been on the menu for more than a year! All they have now are something called "chopped salads" and they aren't very good or healthy looking. How old is this article? I wish someone would update this!

I also noticed that they gave Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salad a yes. It might be fine, as long as you don't eat the extremely tasty dressing. If you look at the package, it says 2.5 servings! If you used that packet, you'd be more than doubling the calories listed.

Please don't give this kind of advice without being specific. You'd probably be better off ordering a small hamburger without mayo rather than some of these "healthful" choices. Report
I am with the others that just can't believe the amount of sodium in the fast food items. With the AHA recommending less than 2300 mg per day, eating fast food would quickly put you over the limit. I wish they would get on board! For now....I'm voting with my pocketbook as has been suggested and staying away from it unless it is unavoidable. For those situations, this list does show the lesser of the evils offered. I'll keep in my palm pilot for emergencies. Thanks for the info SP! Report
There is very little on this list I can deem healthy food. I see a lot of sodium and I often wonder about salads these days. I prefer not to do Fast food. I would rather take food with us when we go out for the day. Its just a little extra work and picnics are easy in the park or even in the car if you have a companion. More kids get to eat fast food than they do eat out in a natural setting-so too bad. Report
Amazing we can call this menu HEALTHY with all the sodium. GOLLEE, why can't they eliminate that stuff, it is KILLING Americans FAST! Report
I guess I'll just keep eating at home. Almost every one of those suggestions have well over half my daily sodium in a single meal!! Report
Thanks for offering these great suggestions, especially for salads. I've usually avoided fast food premium salads because I thought they were too high calorie. Report
Great Article! Thanks so much, I really needed this. I printed it off and will carry in my purse. Report
One of my favorite fast food choices that they did not include is Wendy's Chili. A Small Chili is only about 200 calories, relatively low in fat (6 g) and high in protein (14 g). This is one of the secret weapons for post-op Gastric Bypass patients. Add a side salad and you've got a complete meal for anyone trying to eat healthy at a fast food restaurant. And best of all, it costs less than $3 so it's easy on the pocketbook as well. Report
Don't forget about the new DDSmart menu items at Dunkin' Donuts. These are great tasting products that include two egg white flatbread sandwiches that are under 300 calories and really fill you up! For more information - go to

The best part - these are available all day! Report
This was a great article. Thanks so much. I rarely eat at fast food places anymore because I always think of all the food I have at home, but when I do, this is an easy "pick list". Report
The fast food menu has some low fat items, but I'm more concerned about the sodium. WOW!! Report
If you're avoid high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils, the only items you could eat on the McDonald's menu are a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette (no chicken), or a fruit and yogurt parfait. As a matter of fact, I always order both when I go, along with an unsweetened tea with lemon. It makes a nice snack type meal at 180 calories and 2.5g of fat. You could also get the fruit and walnut salad, a little higher in calories. If you're avoiding artificial color, get only the salad and the tea...both of the fruit items containing artificial colors.

Subway offers more truly healthy choices than any other restaurant in my area, so that's where I usually go. My favorite is the 6" veggie with swiss cheese, salt and pepper, and just a splash of oil and vinegar. Report

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