Are fast food salads healthy? Think again

Many of us have been there before — we are pressed for time and don’t have the patience or time to fix a healthy meal for ourselves and the family. Even the most healthy among us sometimes opt for a salad meal from a fast food joint like McDonald’s, Arby’s or Wendy’s. Hey, veggies can’t get you in trouble, right?

That’s true — although many mass-produced veggies may be devoid of nutrients, they are certainly not bad for you. What is bad is the “condiment quandary” that comes along with a fast food salad. Crispy chicken strips (read: MSG and hydrogenated/trans-fat oils) and cheeses/salad dressings add just as much fat and cholesterol to a seemingly healthy salad as a big greasy cheeseburger. Yikes!

This report was a little startling, but not completely surprising. Grilled chicken is one thing, but battered and fried chicken is quite the opposite. Add in fattening dairy products like cheese and loaded dressings like ranch or buttermilk, and you’ve got a salad that’s worse off that many traditional unhealthy foods. Check out the PDF link at the bottom of this source article for some disturbing but true facts on “fast fraud.”

Author by Brian White