Fast food lists on fast food outlets are popping up across Australia and New Zealand, with many of them aimed at the elderly and children.
But the list is also popular with people who don’t feel hungry and those who want to cut down on their calories, according to Dr Rebecca Veydans, a dietician and lecturer in dietetics at the University of Queensland.
Dr Veyds says the lists are designed to encourage healthy eating habits, and she is one of the many Australians who are happy to see them popping up in fast food stores.
“They are a great tool for people who want something to eat that is convenient, easy to grab, and they are a good way of helping to reduce their calorie intake,” she said.
Dr Rebecca says many fast food restaurants have started stocking the list with items such as a grilled chicken sandwich, salad, soup and bread.
“So I think the list has a lot of appeal, because you can easily grab something for yourself, and there is also a lot that the children and the elderly can take,” she explained.
“The fact that they’re designed for a healthy diet, it’s something that people can really get into, and it’s really great for them to have something to snack on and a nice side to it.”
Dr Vayds says there is a lot to love about the list, but there are some important points to consider.
For one thing, you can’t just grab a hamburger.
“I think it’s important to be aware of what your personal diet is,” she advised.
“And when you’re looking at these lists, I would encourage you to really take your time and make sure that you have some healthy options that you’re really looking to stick to, rather than simply buying one that is just something you’re going to eat every day,” Dr Veeds said.
“For example, I’ve been very aware of the fact that the number one thing on the fast food menu is the grilled chicken, so that is something that you can really use to get something that is healthy and filling.”
Dr Rebecca also recommends avoiding the “soup of choice” and sticking with more traditional fast food items, such as fries and pasta.
“These are all great options, they are just really great to eat, and I think it will be good for you to try them and see if they are something you really want to eat,” she added.
She also advises that if you are looking to reduce your food costs, it might be worth making sure you have healthy options on hand.
“One of the biggest things to take into consideration is whether you are going to be eating in a restaurant, or at home,” Dr Rebecca said.
This is where you can also look to your food choices, if you want to keep things simple, and avoid a lot more expensive items, like salads.
Dr Nika Wollenberg from the Institute of Dietetics at Curtin University said she also thought it was a good idea to get more exercise.
“You know, I really like to exercise.
I feel like I am really in a good position in terms of my health, but I feel it’s probably not something that I should focus on doing too much,” she told the ABC.
“If I’m just exercising, I feel I should be eating healthy food.
And then when I’m out there on the road, I want to get a little bit of exercise, or a bit of a run and a walk, so I can have a little more variety.”
“So a little exercise and some running around the street, that will definitely be good,” Dr Wollberg added.
“That’s probably the best way of reducing your weight and increasing your energy levels.”
Dr Wollsenberg says it can also be important to get your diet to the basics.
“There’s lots of advice that people are getting out there that they want to put into their diet, so they’re actually not really focusing on eating well,” she noted.
“People are focusing on, ‘I want to be fit, I’m going to get some exercise, I don’t want to go to bed hungry and I want some nutritious food,’ and I don