Are you a junk food junkie that eats at fast food restaurants 3 or more times a week – 14% of the American population do, and 6% eat fast food every day of the week.
Take a look at the fast food nutrition infographic below that compares a typical fast food meal, with a very nutritionally healthy meal. It is frightening just how unhealthy many people are frequently eating.
And look at these statistics – is there any wonder why there is such a huge obesity and nutrition problem?
- 160,000 fast food restaurants in America
- 50 million Americans, or around 20% of the population are served daily
- 37% of daily calories come from fast food restaurants
- making up 42.6% of daily carbs and 33.6% of daily fat
- AND these are very high in unhealthy processed carbs and transfats
Fast Food Nutrition Infographic
On a list of America’s unhealthiest fast food items, the McDonald’s double quarter pounder with cheese has 43 grams of fat, 750 calories, and 1280 milligrams of sodium. A Big Mac has 29 grams of fat, 550 calories, and 970 milligrams of sodium.
Did you know that McDonald’s french fries are the highest selling of all the fast food items. They are actually reported to sell 9 million pounds of french fries every day – an order of large fries has 25 grams of fat, 500 calories, and 63 grams of carbohydrates.
What the fast food nutrition infographic does is compare the McDonald’s Big Mac and large french fries [I couldn’t bring myself to also include the calories and sugar from a soft drink], to meal that is highly nutritious and far less in calories.
We are talking about the differences in a 1050 calorie meal that has 54 grams of fat and 109 grams of carbohydrates, which is largely dangerous transfats and highly processed carbs – to a meal that only had 370 calories and was high in protein, high in fiber, and low in carbohydrates.
And the healthy meal is actually a bigger quantity of food to eat.