Healthy Fast Food


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Despite the ordinary connotation of greasy, fat fast food, it can also be healthy.

Grace Freed, Columnist

Fast food can be very unhealthy. However, there is fast food that is fairly healthy, as well as fast food restaurants that have healthy options. Which restaurant and fast food dish is the healthiest option? Image Courtesy of, Deals Plus.

According to Taste of Home, Taco Bell is by far the healthiest fast food restaurant option because of these reasons:

  • Taco Bell reduced sodium across the menu by 15% since 2008, with a push to have a total 25 percent reduction by 2025. 
  • The restaurant has removed artificial flavors and colors and replaced them with natural alternatives.
  • Taco Bell uses 100% cage-free eggs for their breakfast menu. 100% cage-free egg ingredients were introduced to the menu in 2018.
  • The fast food outlet only serves chicken raised without antibiotics in U.S. restaurants
  • Taco Bell has begun getting rid of high fructose corn syrup.

Over the past several years, Taco Bell has positioned themselves as one of the best fast food chains for healthy food, as stated by Mashed, making strides to offer customizable options across their menu for their health-conscious customers. Taco Bell’s dietician called their healthy menu “stealth health” because none of the customers could taste the difference in their food. So, whenever you need a healthier snack, Taco Bell is the place to go.

We’ll now find the healthiest fast food menu item using MDLinx. On this list, one is the healthiest item and nine is the ninth healthiest option.

9. Egg Mcmuffin – McDonalds

This breakfast meal comes with lean Canadian bacon, cheese, and butter. 

8. Chicken and Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens – Starbucks

This includes a healthy amount of fiber, fresh greens, tomatoes, roasted corn, and seasoning. 

7. MorningStar Veggie Burger – Burger King

This veggie patty at Burger King is packed with protein and fiber. You can also pick up a bit more calcium by adding a slice of cheese. 

6.Protein-Style Burger – In-N-Out

You can customize your order at In-N-Out by ordering off the not-so-secret menu. One option is to order a burger with lettuce in lieu of the bun. Ditching the bun with a protein-style burger will lower your intake of calories and carbs.

5. Steak Burrito Bowl – Chipotle

With the steak burrito bowl, opt for pinto beans, salsa, and veggies. Skip the rice, cheese, and guacamole.

4. Tuna Salad Sub – Subway

A 6-inch tuna salad sub is a healthy option which you can pile high with low-calorie veggie toppings.

3. Grilled Steak Soft Taco – Taco Bell

This item features avocado ranch sauce, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.

2. Grilled Chicken Wrap – Wendy’s

This features avocado ranch sauce, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.

1. Grilled nuggets – Chick-fil-A

This high-protein meal is much healthier than fried chicken nuggets, and can be paired with a side of veggies.

Now, with these meals you can eat healthy at fast food chains without worrying.