Which fast food chain do you consider the healthiest?
It’s a testament to the fact this guy’s now a C-list celeb that fast food chains are obsessed with promoting calorie-conscious meals.
Because, really, that’s the only way a burger franchise or sandwich shop can compete these days. Even if most evidence points to the idea we don’t actually care what we’re eating, we at least want restaurants to endorse healthy eating to soothe our guilt.
If you look around, near everyone boasts a more responsible menu section now, regardless of whether those items are indeed healthier or even remotely edible.
Yet, which of those restaurants do we trust? Which chains do the calorie counters among us lean toward if they’re forced to eat fast food?
A recent study was posed asking those very questions, in fact, and it appears Jared Fogle has done much more in these past years than just hang with LL Cool J.
According to U.S. firm Decision Analyst, Subway is by far the most trusted chain when it comes to nutritional claims, with almost one quarter (24.2 per cent) of participants saying they “completely” believe in the sandwich maker’s healthy menu choices.
Quiznos (with 11.1 per cent of consumers trusting their menu), Wendy’s (10.5 per cent), KFC (8.4 per cent) and – perhaps surprisingly – Taco Bell (7.5 per cent) rounded out the list.
While it may not shock you to see the dominance of Subway – which, largely thanks to Jared’s ads, also boasts 42 per cent of its customers choosing the restaurant because it “has a good selection of healthy items” – here, it’s interesting to note the absence of one fast food heavyweight that’s gone to great lengths to overhaul its fatty reputation.
McDonald’s is noticeably missing from Decision Analyst’s numbers, despite a recent flurry of the restaurant’s health-conscious menu changes to make itself a not-quite-as-disastrous-to-your-long-term-well-being destination for food.
And when you consider how far the chain has come (ABC News rated is as one of the 10 healthiest fast food restaurants last year, a list that was free of every other restaurant mentioned in this post), it’s apparent that Mickey Dees’ standing as a beacon of junk food might never wash off.
Which fast food restaurants do you find offer the healthiest choices in Canada?
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Posted by: thepinch | Feb 23, 2022 7:06:03 AM
Believe it or not, McDonalds has some healthy alternatives. Their salads have a low cal count (if you back out the dressing on some of them). The yogourt snacks are pretty good too. And of course there is diet pop. The temptation is to grab an apple pie at the same time.
Posted by: Lisa | Feb 23, 2022 7:59:09 AM
I grabbed a salad at Wendy's the last time my family was there. It was the first time I had ever tried it and I kept exclaiming that it was the best meal I had ever had there! Subway, I would rate the best and McDonald's is good too...of course you have to pick the right meals. Quiznos is very healthy...but very pricey also.
Posted by: Liza | Feb 23, 2022 10:02:53 AM
Dagwood's is much better than Quizno's,sorry,only in Quebec!!
Posted by: PirateKitty | Feb 23, 2022 11:19:27 AM
Not sure how prominent they are outside of Toronto and Calgary, but my favorite is Druxy's. Tasty handmade sandwiches made to your liking. No bagged or pre-sliced veggies and they use local bakery bread which is hands-down better than Subway's 'just-add-water'-style made from a mix buns. I still like Subway, especially now that they offer other less-processed cheeses, but the quality really varies between locations and the bread is more often than not overly-dry.
Posted by: Jebus | Feb 23, 2022 12:50:55 PM
Subway is very simple and I like that you can see your sandwich being made. If you make the right choices your good. I think the steak sandwich is one of the healthier subs, mostly because its not processed. If I want to be cheap I`ll get the Ham (roast beef is better but I don`t really like it).
I don`t think I`ve been to a different fast food resto in a while, subway always satisfies me, 12 inch is usually just enough.
Posted by: sam younge | Feb 23, 2022 1:05:34 PM
red robins has the most versitile healthy choice menu. there willing to accomidate you to any changes u have and jenny craig recommends them for healthy eating away from ur jenny pre packaged food.
Posted by: NANCY MCPHAIL | Feb 23, 2022 2:17:30 PM
With out a doubt Harvey's is by far the best fast food.
Lovely fresh salads with or without pure white breast meat .chicken sandwiches , veg burger and they offer whole wheat buns just ask to have your meat on one.
The frys are cooked in veg oil,and are cholesterol free.
The burgers and all their sandwiches are cooked on a gas grill ,not on a flat grill where the drippings sink into the meat.
You have to be responsible for you choices,and ask for a chart which gives you
all the information you need
Posted by: Stephen S | Feb 23, 2022 3:49:59 PM
With all the recent warnings coming up about Corn Based Sweeteners we will only begin to trust any of the restaurants when they start listing if they are sweetening with Cane sugar or risking our health with cheap corn syrup.
Posted by: Dean | Feb 23, 2022 7:12:55 PM
Yeah, Subway has done a good job, but it isn't so cheap. I like Edo's. But when I am in a rush, in another city, Mickey D's is fast,cheap, CONSISTANT food. Mickey D's is always consistant, no surprizes either in what it is, time, price. I like Wendy's, when D's aren't around or I just had D's.
Burger king is just for the kids toys ...."Mom can we go to burger king...... "
Crazy, but 20yrs ago mom made lunches.........not moms of today, not anymore.:(
Posted by: Brian | Feb 23, 2022 7:28:24 PM
I go to McDonalds to have a greasy burger when I feel like a greasy burger a couple of times a year. If they changed their menu for more healthy stuff there would be no reason to go. When 'm hungry I go for subway and create a nice healthy sandwich. That happens a lot. If McDonalds needs to grow market share in the healthy realm then they need another brand.
Posted by: Mark | Feb 23, 2022 8:38:05 PM
It's all garbage, with only Subway and Quiznos offering vaguely "healthy" food. Even then, teh bread is still bad for you. The salads at the other joints are no good when you factor in the dressing too. I have recently gone very healthy, only eating organic vegetables, salmon and the odd bit of meat. I eat greek salads, oranges, grape juice, walnuts, broccoli, pb, honey, and healthy bread and wraps, and that's about it. It's amazing, I can go ALL DAY without food and I don't get tired or hungry. When I was younger I used to be a sugar addict, not unlike 90% of the population, and needed to have chocolate bars or other food in the afternoon to pick me up. No more!
I can't help but be astonished at the ads from Mcdicks and others about $1.59 hamburgers or whatever. Let's think about that for a minute..... they can sell it at $1.59 and still make a profit...... do you really want to be putting that in your body? Geez, I could mix up some used motor oil and cardboard too and add some artificial flavours and sell it for $1 but that doesn't make it good for you.
Posted by: Bonnie | Feb 23, 2022 9:03:20 PM
There's a big difference in healthy and calorie wise. All fast food chains have nutrional information on their websites, if you eat out and are calorie aware, it's so much easier to make good choices. From Wendy's a mandarin chicken salad has 540 calories, Subway, a 12 inch roast chicken sub, no cheese, no mayo has 620 calories, a big mac has 540 calories and a bk whopper has 315. Amazing that you can eat a whopper and a half and have the same calories as a salad. A big mac and a wendy's mand chicken salad have the same calories !! Who knew that ??
At this point I don't think there is any 'healthy' fast food out there... one, it wouldn't be 'fast' and two, it wouldn't be cheap. You couldn't order a basket of steamed veggies with brown wild rice at a drive thru for $1.29 !
Posted by: NecktopPC | Feb 23, 2022 10:00:28 PM
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Posted by: Rena | Feb 24, 2022 7:11:50 AM
to my test and choice it is subway and Taco bell good salad to choose from, I also think Harvey wins b points because their meat is cooked on a hot flame, which allows the fat to drip of.
Posted by: Rena | Feb 24, 2022 7:13:24 AM
Subway for it's salad choice and also Taco Bell, Harvey's comes in third
Posted by: Monika | Feb 24, 2022 7:55:58 AM
It actually disgusts me that some of you think fast food is good for you in any way...
Subway, okay... I mean it's just a sandwich. The processed cheese and luncheon meats are not the healthiest thing on the planet though...
But Taco Bell and diet pop?! Do you have any idea what pop does to your body? Especially diet pop... Instead of sugar, its loaded with Aspartame! Mmmm, I want $#!* in my kids' stomach too! And lets talk about what DOES have sugar. BREAD has A LOT of sugar, in fact, that is mostly what bread is made out of. So your taking your kids to Subway, Burger King and Harvey's, stuffing them with fatty meats, preserved vegetables and tonnes of sugar; basically making them instant diabetics. All of that sugar is used by your body before it burns fat, and the excess sugar that is not used gets turned INTO fat.
Its you, the parents, who we have to blame for our society becoming obese... Thanks for not having time for your kids and feeding them disgusting garbage.
Posted by: Jenn | Feb 24, 2022 8:27:40 AM
How about "Cultures" - I wish there were more of those around.
Posted by: Evan | Feb 24, 2022 8:31:56 AM
It depends on if your talking about how real the ingredients are, or nutritional facts. Quizno's uses good ingredients but it also makes it ridiculously fattening. Oven roasted turkey - 1070 cals 60 g fat 15 g sat fat 47 g protein. Any sub you get there with cheese and mayo will be over 1000 cals.
3 grilled chicken snack wraps at Mcdonalds - 720 cals 27 g fat 9 g sat fat 45 g protein.
Angus burger w/ bacon and cheddar - 770 cals 45 g fat 18 g sat fat 45 g protein. Quiznos is horrible for you, more fat and cals than the burger.
Posted by: lee | Feb 24, 2022 8:58:49 AM
I'm surprised that I don't see Pita Pit on here it tops Quiznos and Subway by far you have all the healthy fixings for a great sandwhich without all that calorie loaded bread. With the meats white breast meat and real steak and all the sauces low in fat or no fat.If you are health concious than this is a great choice made in front of you with your choices and a nutrition guide in store for you to follow mmmmmmmm!
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