Fast Food Restaurants

It can be difficult to meet nutritional requirements and maintain good balance with fast food meals. Fast foods typically contain little fiber, and their vitamin and mineral contents vary.

• Vegetables, fruits, whole grain breads, and dairy products are often missing from fast food menus.

• Remember, a fruit drink is not fruit juice.

• And fast food is typically high in sodium, saturated fats, and cholesterol.

If you must eat fast food, choose the low-fat menu selections now available in many chain restaurants. Ask your diabetes educator or dietitian for a copy of Becton Dickinson's Fast Food Guide. This fold-out chart lists

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calories, nutritional content, and exchanges for many popular fast foods.

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