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Are Restaurants Value Meals really a value?
We are bombarded with commercials about value meals, tapping into our money saving instinct to make us beleive that the fast food industry really cares about our health and wallet. Lately every restaurant seems to be having a $5 special. The value meal price may seem attractive but a closer look at the nutritional information sounds more like “run Forest, runnnnn”. Before ordering , consider if those value meals will add value to your health.
- McDonalds McCafe Frozen Lemonade (270 calories, 67grams of sugar)
Summer time is here and those frozen drinks seem like the ideal refreshment. They are not. They are loaded with sugar that will turn into stored FAT in your body. Make your own lemonade , I’m sure the sugar count wouldn’t even come close to this.
- Dunkin Donuts’ Blueberry waffle breakfast sandwich (550 calories with 1250 grams of sodium, oh yeah 38 grams of fat)
America runs on Dunkin. Sure the coffee is good for some and cheap but the chances of you walking out of there with just coffee are slim to none. You know how it goes; you order something and the picture of this delicious sandwich stares at you and you say “hold on, can I have the new blueberry waffle breakfast sandwich with that?
- KFC’s Grilled Thigh $5 value box ( 500 calories, 30 grams of fat, 1340 grams of sodium).
It’s actually ironic that KFC has a healthy campaign going on called “eFit4Me” when the only thing on their menu with 70 calories is 1 hot wing. Only 1 wing, who stops at 1 wing? While we are at it, let’s not forget the “Reusable” containers they are also promoting. So they are going green, urging you to stay fit and serving you fried chicken loaded with FAT. Sweet!
- Friendly’s Create your own meal for $9.99
For $9.99 you get 3 choices, a sandwich, ice cream and a drink. So I chose the Honey BBQ Chicken supermelt (1400 calories, 75 grams of fat, 2160 grams of sodium). For dessert I picked the Hunka Chunka Fudge (1700 calories, 104 grams of fat, 1060 grams of sodium). So I guess we can save some calories with the drink by ordering a diet soda right?
- Denny’s $4 Fried Cheese Melt (1260 calories, 63 grams of fat, 3070 grams of sodium)
I am just speechless at that one. $4.00 is a very good price but if the guideline for sodium for adult is 6 grams per day, having this meal would be like having salt for 511 days in 1 day.
Be wise, be smart and really save your money by not putting a price on your health.