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6 Foods Nutritionists Never Order at Fast Food Restaurants

A fried chicken sandwich is shown with pickles on a bun.
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Thursday, 26 December 2019 10:07 AM

We all occasionally indulge in take-out but if it is becoming a regular occurrence then you may want to rethink eating these six foods, listed by The Healthy, which nutritionists say they refuse to order at fast-food restaurants:

1. Burritos. They may seem innocent enough but lurking inside your burrito are tons of carbohydrates, calories, fat and sodium. "The burritos at Chipotle are a humongous calorie bomb," says Alicia Romano, a clinical registered dietitian. The portion sizes are much larger than the recommended servings and the ingredients tend to be highly calorific.

2.Muffins. We are led to believe that a muffin is a good breakfast choice but it's not. Pastries, including bran muffins, are packed with saturated fat and loaded with sugar, which can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. "Bran, matcha, and chai are buzzy words that people immediately associate as being healthy," says Ilana Muhlstein, registered dietitian. "It’s so deceiving because they’re typically not."

3. Frappuccino. They may taste delicious but frappuccinos are a guilty pleasure that should be limited to the odd occasion. "If you buy a tall hazelnut frappuccino at Starbucks, you can drink it in under five minutes with a complete lack of satisfaction and satiation," says Muhlstein. "It has 45 grams of carbohydrates, it’s purely added sugar and artificial ingredients."

4. Double beef patty burgers. It may be satisfying to tuck into a double beef patty burger but there are no health benefits that come from having two patties on one bun. "It’s just a major salt and fat explosion, which tastes good, but doesn’t serve you well for energy throughout the day," says sports dietitian Jenna Braddock. Sodium and saturated fats are linked to heart disease, so you may want to rethink this meal.

5. Milkshakes. Another menu item that dieticians refuse to order. Just one small milkshake could contain the equivalent of 18 teaspoons of sugar. You may as well settle for a meal instead, which is more satisfying than slurping a milkshake. "We get a lot more satisfaction from chewing than we get from sipping," says Muhlstein. "For the same amount of calories, you could probably have a burger."

6. Fried chicken sandwich. Yes, chicken is healthier than beef but not if it has been deep-fried then added to a sandwich loaded with sauce. The fried chicken is packed with sodium and saturated fats and the bun contains extra carbohydrates and calories. The sauce adds extra sugar, sodium and calories.

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