Fast Food Breakdown

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Fast Food Menu Creation Overview 1. 
Healthy Meal 0 a. McDonalds healthy meal consisted of an (1) entrée with a Chipotle Chicken Snack Wrap with Grilled chicken (2) side Caesar salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing (3) Medium Diet Coke and (4) apple slices with caramel for dessert. Please refer to following table for nutritional analysis. (Excel sheet created using data from McDonald’s Corporation, 2013) b. Overall the healthy meal was 581 calories with 21 grams of protein. My biggest surprise was the amount of sodium found in the entire meal; 1180 mg altogether. I think that any fast food restaurant that you eat is going to contain a lot of sodium because most of the food is premade. According to the American Heart Association, the average American consumes 3, 400 mg of sodium daily, more than double the recommended amount. (, 2012) Excessive sodium consumption can contribute to high-blood pressure, which can eventually lead to stroke, kidney disease and coronary heart disease. In addition, sodium has been linked to an increased incidence of gastric cancer, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. c. I personally, try to stay away from fast food restaurants because I don’t like the way processed food tastes: not fresh. However, in today’s society my schedule doesn’t always allow for fresh food. If I had to eat at McDonald’s I would order this meal because it is low in calories and fat, with a downfall in excessive sodium. You can’t will the entire battle eating fast food, so you have to find the lesser of the lack of nutritional evils. 2. Unhealthy Meal a. McDonalds unhealthy meal consisted of an (1) entrée with Angus Bacon and Cheese (2) Large French Fries (3) Large Barq’s Root Beer and (4) apple slices with caramel for dessert. Please refer to following table for

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