Fast food facts

Fast food facts

We all know that fast food isn't the healthiest option when eating on the go, but there are certainly big differences between some of the more common choices.

Would you have guessed that Pret a Manger's Wiltshire Ham & Eggs Bloomer would have more saturated fat (4.6 grams) than Burger King's Chicken Royale (4 grams)? Or that Starbuck's Salmon & Dill pasta salad has almost the same amount of calories (614 kcal) as a Burger King Whopper (631 kcal)?

You can see from the table below there are clearly no winners in terms of a healthy choice, but the good news is you can limit the damage!

We are all guilty of eating in the wrong places from time to time, so next time you find yourself being dragged in there, or maybe even dragging yourself, follow these simple tips:

  • Avoid eating chips
  • Try to steer clear of the sandwiches or burgers filled with mayo, go with ketchup or mustard
  • Skip the fizzy drinks and opt for a juice instead or even better - choose a water
  • DON'T eat too much!

Vendor

Food

Calories

Saturated Fat
(grams)

Salt
(grams)

Sugar
(grams)

McDonald's

Big Mac (R)

490

10

2.1

8

McDonald's

McChicken Sandwich (R)

385

2

1.6

7

McDonald's

Hamburger

250

3

1.2

6

McDonald's

Quarter Pounder with Cheese

490

13

2.2

10

McDonald's

French Fries (M)

330

2

0.6

1

KFC

Fillet Burger

441

3.4

2.8

5.4

KFC

Fries (R)

257

2.9

Trace

0.4

Burger King

Whopper

631

9

0.9

11

Burger King

Hamburger

266

3

0.5

5

Burger King

Chicken Royale

569

4

1.2

4

Burger King

Fries (R)

294

14

0.5

2

Pret a Manger

Wiltshire Cured Ham & Eggs Bloomer

582

7.5

1.4

4.6

Pret a Manger

Wild Crayfish & Rocket Sandwich

370

2.1

1.1

2.5

Starbucks

BLT Sandwich

470

7.5

2.8

2.7

Starbucks

Salmon & Dill Pasta Salad

614

3.2

0.5

5.1

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