It’s Not All Bad

Healthiest fast food chains
Healthiest fast food chains

Some people have to.  Some people can’t help it.  To other people it’s just too damn convenient.  They’re all over the place, and you don’t have to go to far to get to one.  We all got to eat.  Well whether you eat to live, or live to eat, there’s an argument out there that says you risk both by eating fast food.  We’ve all heard the horror stories, but unfortunately they’re mostly true.  While satisfying, the food you find at your local fast food restaurants are normally fried, fattening, processed, packed with calories, or a combination of all.  But Health magazine it here to tell us it’s not all bad news.

The magazine recently release it’s top ten healthiest fast food chains in the country.  Just a quick glance of the list there are a few surprises.  Surprises such as long time leader of burger chains McDonald’s coming in at number eight.  Mickey D’s has widely gotten a bad rap and the healthiness of fast food chains became an issue over recent years.  We all may remember a documentary that portrayed the chain in a rather negative light in saying they chose profit over good nutrition.  But the chain is fighting back and rapidly producing a more health-friendly menu. 

The other surprises where essentially the rest of the list.  While the other restaurants could be considered fast food, they aren’t fast food in the traditional sense many of us are used to.  Well that’s probably because many of us are used to Burger King, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box for our fast food of choice, but the new and improved fast food restaurants are not in that league.  In fact you can argue that they aren’t fast food restaurants, but easy-prep restaurants or bakeries and delis.  We see the likes of Panera Bread at the top of the list, followed by Jason’s Deli, Au Bon Pain, and Noodles and Company.  A couple tex-mex and bread places round out the ten.

Not for nothin’, but I’m more inclined to eat at the places toward the bottom of the list.  Good thing I gave up fast food for Lent.

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