Fast Food Facts To Consider

5 Fast Food Fast Facts To Make You Reconsider Tonight’s Takeaway

We’re all guilty of telephone-ordering a Chinese takeaway on a Friday night or popping into the chippy when we can’t be bothered to cook anything. Most don’t think anything of the food that they’re putting into their mouths – it tastes good, it’s satisfying and fills you up, so why not, right? Unfortunately, these kinds of greasy, fat-laden fast foods can be the worst offenders in your diet, so while you may be eating healthily most of the time, those cheeky burgers that you grab on the way back from work will all add up faster than you can say ‘McDonald’s famous Chicken McNuggets contain 50% blood vessels, nerves, bones and feathers’.

Wait, what?

1. Chicken McNuggets only contain 50% chicken.
And the other half is composed of all of the bits of the chicken that nobody else wanted – specifically, ground bones, blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue, feathers, and…well, just pure fat. But considering the rest of the list, fat is probably the part that you’re least worried about.

Try this instead: A grilled chicken breast with salad. All the good stuff of the nuggets (however small that percentage may be) with up to 0.5g less saturated fat and 33g more protein per one single breast than four whole nuggets.

2. Pizza can give you heart attacks.
Not directly. But studies show that the saturated fats in pizzas can lead to a build-up of LDL cholesterol in your arteries, which in turn leads to an increased risk of heart disease and strokes.

Try this instead: Reducing the fat content in your pizzas by opting for thin, whole-wheat crusts and reducing your cheese, bulking up the slices with veggies like onions and peppers instead. If you really can’t do without a lot of cheese on your pizza, try making your own homemade ones and using half-fat mozzarella instead.

3.. Chicken tikka masala isn’t even authentically Indian.
Strictly speaking, chicken tikka itself is pretty good – chicken is low-fat and high-protein, and yoghurt contains plenty of protein and calcium. But the ‘masala’ part (the curry) has become so refined and catered to those savoury ‘Friday night curry’ cravings that it’s hardly a good representation of authentic Indian food at this point, not to mention that most takeaway chicken tikka masala dishes average out at around 1,300 calories per meal. The ingredients may look healthy, but then they’re combined with very generous portions of cream blended into the curry sauce and the whole thing becomes a high-fat and hopefully infrequent treat.

Try this instead: Homemade chicken tikka. Fresh chicken breast marinated in yoghurt, garlic and ginger and cooked dry – some supermarkets even sell the pre-marinated chicken tikka pieces, which average at around 200 calories a portion. Serve with salad and chapati, and you’ve shaved those extra 1,100 calories off your weekend indulgence.

4. Your average Chinese takeaway meal actually makes you take in an extra glass…
…of pure fat. While everyone likes to indulge, and wine with meals is pretty common, most would agree that a whole wine glass of fat in one meal is excessive. Sweet and sour chicken alone can typically contain up to 1,400 calories and 41g of saturated fats, and while the vegetable options might seem like a safe choice for those watching what they eat, they’re usually doused in oil or other sauces for flavouring that can triple the calorie content.

Try this instead: There are many healthy Chinese food recipes floating around the Internet. Stir fry is generally a good option, and can be the best one to go for if your heart is set on ordering from the place down the road. But with fresh vegetables and chicken and no processed foods or oils, making it at home could save you up to 1,000 extra calories (and it’s just as delicious).

5. Deep-fried Mars bars exist.
In case you were wondering, they’re around 800 calories. And no, their birthplace isn’t America – it’s humble old Glasgow.

Try this instead: You can’t mess with perfection, so just stick to a regular Mars bar and save yourself the indignity.

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