WHEN YOU SEE THESE WORDS “ORGANIC, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE” DO YOU ASSUME IT’S HEALTHY?
Just because something wears the label “organic, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, doesn’t guarantee it is healthy. You gotta read the labels and you have to use your common sense as well.
The article I’m sharing from QUARTZ Naturally Fast Food – The Signature Burger at America’s First Vegetarian Drive-through Has More Calories Than A Big Mac“. Is the perfect example of how something might sound “healthy” because it’s wears the organic, vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan label. Upon closer examination, the article points out the veggie burger has more calories, fat and sodium than a Big Mac. OUCH!
Vegetarian, organic, and gluten-free don’t necessarily mean healthy. Take, for example, Amy’s Drive Thru, a meat-free fast-food restaurant in San Francisco that is reportedly starting…
With 4 Simple Adjustments, This Burger Could Be Much Healthier
- REMOVE THE BUN. Bread is empty calories and restaurant buns are usually larger and thicker than your average hamburger bun. Also, many restaurants butter and toast the bun, so if you are a big bread eater and you have to have your bun with the burger, request a dry, butter-free bun.
- FORGO THE CHEESE. It will lower your sodium and fat intake. Even if the cheese is vegan, forgo it. Have you ever read the labels for vegan cheese? It’s almost all chemicals and cheese is loaded with sodium.
- SUBSTITUTE KETCHUP AND MUSTARD for any “special topping” the restaurant is recommending. Serving of ketchup is 19 calories and 3 calories for mustard.
- In the QUARTZ article, the featured burger has 2 veggie patties. It’s pretty obvious that if you GO WITH A SINGLE PATTY, there will be less calories.
Finally, if the burger comes with a side option, which many do, request a side-salad or a vegetable of the day. If you have to have french fries, go for it, but only have a half a dozen or so.