Lower-in-Fat Fast-Food Options

Eating fast foods that are high in saturated fat can create some real problems for your arteries. Foods high in saturated fat raise the level of cholesterol in your blood, which can build plaque that clogs your blood vessels. And that can be bad for your heart.

Know your limits

The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to about 5%–6% of your total daily calories. For example, if you need about 2,000 calories a day, no more than 120—about 13 grams—should come from saturated fats.

Most saturated fats come from animal sources, including meat and dairy products. When choosing from the fast-food menu, look for fish, beans, and vegetables whenever you can.

Smarter choices

It is possible to make better choices when you're looking at fast-food menus. Here are examples to consider from some popular food chains:

Check out these lower-in-fat fast-food options

Arby's

Ham and Swiss Melt Sandwich

Saturated Fat 3.5 g

Calories 300

Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich

Saturated Fat 2.5 g

Calories 210

Prime Cut Chicken Tenders (3 pieces)

Saturated Fat 2.5 g

Calories 350

Burger
King

TENDERGRILL® Chicken Sandwich without mayo

Saturated Fat 1 g

Calories 320

Big Fish Sandwich without tartar sauce

Saturated Fat 1.5 g

Calories 350

Chicken Nuggets (4 pieces)

Saturated Fat 2 g

Calories 190

KFC

Original Recipe® Chicken Breast without skin or breading

Saturated Fat 0.5 g

Calories 130

Honey BBQ Sandwich

Saturated Fat 1 g

Calories 320

Extra Crispy™ Tenders (2 pieces)

Saturated Fat 1.5 g

Calories 250

McDonald's

Premium Southwest Salad with grilled chicken

Saturated Fat 2.5 g

Calories 290

Chicken McNuggets (4 pieces)

Saturated Fat 2 g

Calories 190

Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich

Saturated Fat 2 g

Calories 350

Pizza Hut

Traditional Wings—Buffalo Mild (2 pieces)

Saturated Fat 1.5 g

Calories 110

12-inch Roasted Veggie Garlic Parmesan Crust Pizza (1 slice)

Saturated Fat 2.5 g

Calories 200

12-inch Thin n Crispy Chicken Supreme Pizza (1 slice)

Saturated Fat 3 g

Calories 190

Subway

6-inch Veggie Delite® Sandwich (on 9-grain wheat bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and cucumbers)

Saturated Fat 0.5 g

Calories 230

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Salad (without dressing or croutons)

Saturated Fat 0.5 g

Calories 130

Turkey Breast and Ham Chopped Salad (without dressing or croutons)

Saturated Fat .5 g

Calories 110

Taco Bell

Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco

Saturated Fat 1.5 g

Calories 150

Fresco Chicken Soft Taco

Saturated Fat 1 g

Calories 140

Fresco Chicken Burrito Supreme

Saturated Fat 2.5 g

Calories 340

Wendy's

Small Rich & Meaty Chili

Saturated Fat 2 g

Calories 180

Sour Cream and Chives Baked Potato

Saturated Fat 2 g

Calories 320

Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich

Saturated Fat 1.5 g

Calories 370

The nutrition information is from the respective restaurant Web sites. Please refer to their nutrition guides for more information. Accessed July 21, 2014.

Finding fast food that is low in saturated fat is a challenge, but it's one you can meet if you know where to look.

Always be sure to talk with your health care provider before making any changes to your diet.




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