Fast Food Nutrition Blog

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Goes Natural, But Is It Healthier?

According to the calendar and the sunburn I'm sporting, it's still summer. But that hasn't stopped Starbucks from already bringing back everyone's favorite fall beverage, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. This year, the PSL is back with a new ingredient: Pumpkin. That's right, all those Pumpkin Spice Lattes you were guzzling in years past were really a cocktail of artificial ingredients that didn't contain any actual pumpkin.

Riding a wave of consumer interest in all-natural foods, Starbucks has replaced the laboratory produced artificial colors and flavors with real pumpkin. Hooray for natural ingredients! This makes the Pumpkin Spice Latte healthier than ever.... right? Actually, that's a complicated question to answer.

Keep reading as we look at whether the new PSL is healthier

The Naked Chicken Taco: The Double Down Goes Mexican

Say "Hola!" to the KFC Double Down's Tex-Mex cousin, the Taco Bell Naked Chicken Taco. Just like the Double Down, the Naked Chicken Taco asks "why eat bread when you could be eating meat?" The KFC Double Down was a bacon and cheese sandwich that used two pieces of fried chicken as the bread. In a similar vein, the Naked Chicken Taco uses a fried chicken breast as the tortilla.

Keep reading to learn how to get a Naked Chicken Taco

Is Brown Rice Healthier Than White?

Everyday, millions of people find themselves in line at their favorite burrito or Asian restaurant, faced with a decision of colossal importance: white or brown rice? Ok, maybe it isn't THAT big of a decision, but in a world where we're all trying to eat a little healthier, choosing the right option for your rice can make a difference.

So which should you choose? Is brown rice healthier than white, the way whole grain bread is healthier than white bread? Or is the idea that brown rice is healthier just a myth? There's only one way to know for sure... let's look at the nutrition facts!

Keep reading to find out if white or brown rice is healthier

The Best of Fast Food: The 2015 Healthy Taste Award

Fast food has a reputation for being unhealthy, and in a world of triple bacon cheeseburgers, it's easy to see why. However, as Americans seek to improve their diets, a growing number of healthy options are popping up on fast food menus around the country. Today we celebrate the best of the best, and award them the 2015 Healthy Taste Award.

To pick our winners, we asked you, our website visitors, to tell us what you think are the healthiest and tastiest menu options from fast food restaurants. After counting the more than 150,000 votes cast, three clear winners emerged. These menu items represent the best that fast food has to offer. With these healthy and delicious options readily available with drive-thru convenience, you no longer have an excuse to not eat healthy.

Keep reading to see the winners of the Healthy Taste Award

McDonald's Cuts Artificial Flavors, Chemicals from Grilled Chicken

If you look at the ingredients in McDonald's grilled chicken, you'll see a lot of stuff that you likely don't stock in your home pantry. Maltodextrin coats the chicken to achieve even distribution of seasoning. Sodium phosphates are used to keep the chicken's texture from deteriorating during transport. Artificial flavors are present in the liquid margarine that the chicken is cooked in. Sounds just like mom's home cooking, right?

The good news is that this is all about to change. McDonald's has just announced an improved grilled chicken recipe; one that has ingredients you'll actually recognize.

Keep reading to learn what's in McDonald's new grilled chicken

Taco Bell Discontinues the Sriracha Quesarito and Waffle Tacos

Today we mourn the loss of two Taco Bell menu items, the Sriracha Quesarito and the Waffle Taco. Ok, maybe we don't actually mourn the loss of these calorie-laden examples of pseudo-Mexican cuisine, but if people missed Chicken Fries, someone is bound to miss these items too.

Continue reading about the cancellation of the Sriracha Quesarito and Waffle Taco.

Burger King Chicken Fries Nutrition Facts

For years, food companies have been making vegetable products that look like meat. But back in 2005, Burger King flipped the script by introducing chicken fries, which were quite possibly the first meat product made to look like a vegetable. Chicken fries were crispy pieces of fried chicken, with a french fry shape that made them perfect for dipping. After a 7 year run, Burger King discontinued Chicken Fries in 2012.

This did not sit well with fans of chicken fries. They took to the internet threatening to boycott Burger King and even signing presidential petitions asking Obama to bring about the return of Chicken Fries. It took a few years, but Burger King finally listened, and chicken fries are back!

So what's healthier; eating your chicken in nugget or fry shape? Or does it matter at all? Let's look at the nutrition facts and find out!

Keep reading to learn about Burger King Chicken Fries nutrition facts