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We all know that everything fried, sweet or salty is not healthy. We are bombarded with ads, articles, books and whatever else encouraging us to change our eating patterns and choose food wisely. But what if we fail to resist the temptation to buy something unhealthy yet delicious – what is a better pick? It turns out donuts are better than muffins, and not only that.

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Muffins VS Donuts

The next time you find yourself in front of an army of Dunkin’ Donuts pastries and other mouthwatering foods you may be craving, choose the lesser of two–or more–evils. Do you still think that donuts and muffins are the same in terms of damage to health? Consider this.

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As far as Dunkin’ Donuts products are concerned, donuts appear to be a way healthier option than muffins. A common donut with chocolate frosting contains 280 calories, while a blueberry muffin yields whopping 460 calories! The sugar content also makes donuts a better choice: it’s 13 g and 43 g of sugar respectively. Even if you opt for a lighter version of their muffins, it’s still not competitive with its 10 g of fat (down from 15 g), 39 g of sugar, and 410 calories.

Muffins are huge, and there is plenty of room for sugar and fats. The famous blueberry muffin does not actually contain blueberries, so using artificial berries is a trick used to allure, and it’s not a reason to prefer muffins. Many people find muffins inferior to donuts because of the flavor. It’s a common assumption that donuts are more harmful than muffins, as people believe the ingredients in muffins are healthier. It turns out the opposite is true: when it’s either a muffin or a donut, opt for the donut.

Big Mac VS Double Cheeseburger

When juxtaposed with a double cheeseburger, the one and only Big Mac turns out to be a poor choice, even by fast food standards. A double cheeseburger has 430 calories, 21 g fat, 35 g carbs, and 25 g protein. It’s not a good result, especially if we take into account that it’s around a third of the normal daily calorie intake. Three to four double cheeseburgers, and say goodbye to food until tomorrow. Yet Big Mac is even worse: it beats the double cheeseburger in everything, as it has 540 calories, 28 g fat, 46 g carbs, and 25 g protein

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If you cannot make up your mind what burger to order, opt for the double cheeseburger, as it’s not as bad as Big Mac. If you are not that hungry, opt for the common cheeseburger, which yields only–well, only–300 calories, 12 g fat, 33 g carbs, and 15 g protein.

By the way, McDonald’s salads are no better, as one bowl of the seemingly healthy Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad contains 350 calories, and the salad with bacon and chicken has 490 calories. Impressive, isn’t it? If you are still under the impression that such salads are a healthy option, try reading the nutrition summary provided when you buy these mouthwatering but calorie-, fat- and sugar-loaded foods.

KFC VS McDonald’s Salads

If you have choice and do not know where to grab a salad, opt for KFC. As it has just been mentioned, McDonald’s salads do not fit the definition of a healthy dish, and many other chains abuse the name of salad to allure customers. KFC salads are a better option, especially if you omit croutons and reduce the amount of dressing used. Their Caesar salad has 40 calories, and choosing dressing with regard to its calorie content can make it healthier. The one that is truly a low-calorie one is Marzetti Light Italian Dressing (15 calories).

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KFC also offers Kentucky Grilled Chicken, which is far better than many other foods fast food outlets offer. For example, a grilled breast has only 210 calories – compared to burgers, it’s a better pick. Note that their Original Recipe foods and Spicy Crispy Chicken are not that good in terms of calorie content, so choose wisely.

References:

Donuts Are Better For You Than Muffins – Vitals.lifehacker.com

McDonald’s Menu –Mcdonalds.com

KFC Menu – Kfc.com

The Least Unhealthy Items at Seven Popular Fast Food Joints – Lifehacker.com

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