After a long day of learning at the Academy, many Pace students like to celebrate with a snack from one of the various restaurants surrounding West Paces Ferry Rd. With so many choices, though, it is hard to decide which one to go to, or which restaurant has the healthiest options. Here are some facts about two popular dining destinations to help you make the right decisions:
One of the main food groups on the West Paces food pyramid is McDonald’s. This long-standing establishment offers a variety of options from double cheeseburgers to different salads and smoothies. For those who don’t know, a regular Big Mac meal with a Coke as a drink, adds up to 1090 calories. On a 2000 calorie per day diet, this is over half of your daily consumption already. Let’s say you want to go with a healthier option like a smoothie. This has 210 calories, which is almost the same amount as a small order of french fries. It also contains 44 grams of sugar, which is more than a Sprite of the same size. On the whole, it is very hard to eat healthy at McDonald’s.
Chick-fil-A, which many believe to be a healthier option than McDonald’s, is not much better. A regular chicken sandwich meal with a Coke adds up to a total of 906 calories. When comparing 10 piece chicken nuggets from McDonald’s to 12 count chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A, the McDonald’s nuggets have 70 more calories than Chick-fil-A. On the other hand, McDonald’s chicken only has 900 mg of sodium while the Chick-fil-A chicken has 1,590 mg. In terms of nutritional value, the McDonald’s chicken nuggets have only 22 grams of protein while the Chick-fil-A nuggets have 41 grams.
While neither can be considered truly healthy options, Chick-fil-A appears to have healthier options on its menu. Both restaurants do offer salads and soups as alternatives to fried chicken and burgers, but when the dressing and additions such as bacon and chicken are included, the options are still not very good for you.