Guide to fast food eating offers some surprises

March 25, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service

The four out of five of us who eat at fast food restaurants at least once a month need to pick up a copy of the newly published and revised "The Fast-Food Guide" by Michael Jacobson and Susan Fritschner (Workman, 1992). This essential volume features a complete nutritional analysis and ingredients for all the foods served at the major chains including McDonald's. The wealth of information includes:

Taco Bell's Taco Salad with Shell contains 14 teaspoons of fat -- almost 100 percent of the recommended daily total for adults.

A Burger king Double Whopper with Cheese tops out at 844 calories.

Most guidelines suggest a limit of 250 milligrams of cholesterol per person per day. McDonald's Scrambled eggs contains 390 mgs. cholesterol. Arby's Sausage and Egg Croissant has 271 mgs.

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