(HealthDay News) - Fast food is so popular because it is just that -- fast. And it's easy and tastes good.
But fast food often is laden with fat, calories and sodium, and can take a toll on your health when eaten frequently.
Here are suggestions from the U.S. National Library of Medicine on making healthier fast-food choices:
- Order pizza with less cheese, and add veggie toppings.
- Order child-sized or a half sandwich, with lean meats and lots of vegetables, whole grain bread, and without mayonnaise and other sauces.
- A hamburger with a plain beef patty plus lettuce and tomato is a healthier choice. Skip the cheese and sauces, and don't get a side of fries.
- Try salads with light or fat-free dressings or lemon juice -- skip the bacon and creamy dressings.
- As a general rule, stay away from heavily breaded or fried dishes, as well as creams, dressings and sauces.