Sometimes it's fun to take an idea and flip it right on it's head. Much like flipping a burger, it takes consideration, observation, and a little bit of planning. Such is the case study that was conducted by Kate Taylor over at Business Insider, who challenged herself to eat only fast food for an entire week and see the results.
Now you might immediately jump to a vision of Morgan Spurlock and his famous documentary Super Size Me, where he ate nothing but McDonald's for a month and forced himself to eat the "Super Size" meal whenever a McDonald's employee suggested it.
Since then though times have changed. Fast food restaurants have done away with bucket-sized cups of Coca Cola and are now even offering salads. This is where Kate Taylor comes in, who challenged herself to eat at fast food chains at least three meals a day and try to order options that kept her within the FDA recommended limits of calorie, fat and sodium while providing necessary protein so she didn't go to bed hungry.
The other important idea behind this was price. She wanted to know how much money it cost to eat as healthy and as cheaply as she could for an entire week. Despite health concerns, nobody can argue that fast food offers people all over the world something that Whole Foods cannot: Affordability. So maybe a world can exist where cheap fast food is also reasonably healthy?
According to the article, the easiest meal for her to get under her belt (no pun intended) was breakfast. Lots of good options at low calories, especially the Dunkin' Donuts Egg White Flatbread, which according to Ms. Taylor is one of the 11 healthiest fast-food breakfast items around. Here it is pictured below.
She also quickly learned that one of the worst restaurants to grab a bite under her parameters was KFC. Here's one of the healthy meals she tried to order, where these green beans look rotten and according to Kate tasted exactly as good as they looked.
Overall our review is it's a fascinating article and highly recommended, check it out here. She breaks her information down in a scientific way that really makes you appreciate her commitment, and furthermore makes you reevaluate your understanding of fast food and its place in your diet.
Who knows, maybe I'll be pulling up to the drive-through soon.