• Fast Food Chains Serving Healthier Menu Items

    A shift in people’s preference for food encourages fast food chains to develop healthier options on their menu.
  • girl french friesIt may not be surprising nowadays to find healthier food items on the menu of fast food outlets. In fact, many fast food restaurants already serve salads, fruit pies, vegetable-based burger patties and lower calorie offerings, among others.

    In the United States, in particular, there’s an evident movement among fast food chains to improve their menu in the hopes of promoting a healthier American diet. During the past few years, doctors and nutritional experts have been cautioning people to make healthier food choices.

    The movement was mainly spurred by a voluntary initiative by Kids Live Well in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, which, according to Healthy Living founder Anita Jones-Mueller, “empowers parents to confidently make informed decisions about their children’s meals as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

    The program requires the following of the participating restaurants:
    •    Offer a children’s meal (entrée, side and beverage) that is 600 calories or less and contains 2 servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and/or low-fat dairy; with limited sodium, fats, and sugar
    •    Display or make available the nutrition profile of these menu items
    •    Promote and identify the healthy menu items

    While over 19 restaurants such as Chili’s, Burger King, Denny’s and more have produced healthier alternatives to traditional greasy and calorie-laden items, some major fast food chains still refuse to change their menu.

    In the Philippines, fish-based burgers, salads, rice meals and other menu items fortified with vegetables are some of the healthier food alternatives offered by major fast food chains.


    Sources:
    •    July 15, 2011. Cathy. “Major Food Chains Adding More Healthy Options” Growingyourbaby.com
    •    July 14, 2011. Eleanor West. “Fast Food Chains Promise Healthy Options” foodrepublic.com


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