Nutrition in the Fast Lane
Fast food restaurants do not have to remain taboo for the health-conscious consumer. Although some typical foods are high in fat and sodium, it is possible to eat nutritious "fast food" meals if you choose wisely. Typical meals at fast food restaurants supply adequate amounts of protein, iron, and several vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, and vitamin D. However, fast food is relatively high in calories, fat, and saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends a diet with less than 30%calories from fat, and many fast food items can contain 50% or more of their calories as fat! In addition to fat, fast food items can be extremely high in sodium, cholesterol, and sugar.