Eat this, not that: Fast Food - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Eat this, not that: Fast Food

Fast food is just that, speedy, but choose too quickly and your order could drag you down.

"It's popular, tastes good, but what we're trying to do today is teach people to make a better choice," said Dr. Eric Snow, Chiropractor and Whole Food Therapist.

Our first stop, McDonald's and their Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon burger.

"About 10.3 ounces...big big portion size just for one meal!" explained Dr. Snow.

The burger is about twice the size of the classic Filet-o-Fish sandwich and super-size makes a big difference. The Filet-o-Fish is nearly 400 calories less than the Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon burger and saves you half the carbohydrates.

"There's a semi-balanced meal just in a sandwich. You can make a difference not getting the 16, 20, 40 ounce soda pop, which is straight sugar, and then you add a large fry," said Dr. Snow about supersizing your meal.

When grabbing a cup of joe in the morning, sticking to basics is the way to go.

"It basically has no carbohydrates, no sugar, no calories or anything," said Dr. Snow.

In the same size cup, a McCafe Peppermint Mocha can run you 340 calories, according  McDonald's online nutrition information. 

Just down the road, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and as we discovered finger licking good is not always good for you. The extra crispy chicken has that crunchy breading, but "the thing with flour is it's just stripped out. It doesn't have any nutritional value. It's actually an anti-nutrient, so it will pull nutrients from your body," explained Dr. Snow.

"They were actually one of the first restaurants to make the big push to get transfat out of their menu,"continued Dr. Snow.

Compare the tasty tenders to a grilled chicken breast and its no brainer.

"You're looking at half of the calories there," said Dr. Snow.

Add potato wedges and a biscuit and you're at a whopping 860 calories, but grilled chicken with green beans sets you back only 245, according to KFC's online nutritional information. 

Now for a little south of the border flavor...we head on to Taco Bell where the burrito reigns supreme, literally. The XXL Grilled Stuffed Burrito with ground meat delivers on its extra, extra large size at 880 calories. Compare that to a Fresco Bean Burrito at less than half, 350 calories, according to Taco Bell's online nutritional information.

"42 grams of fat in the XXL versus 8 grams of fat in the Fresco Bean Burrito," said Dr. Snow.

Sauce-lovers beware! The creamy jalapeno sauce is 70 calories alone while the classic mild sauce, "you get no calories with that a little sodium and that's about it," said Dr. Snow.

Dr. Snow adds your best bet: a plain old taco. He called it a perfect portion without the grande calories.

To find your favorite meal at any of the three fast food chains and add up the calories, carbs and fat go to the links below.

McDonald's: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/nutritionfacts.pdf

KFC: http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_nutrition.pdf

Taco Bell: http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition/calculator

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