A group of physicians has decided to throw in the towel on fighting fast food and is recommending consumers look for nutritional substance amidst the grease instead.
"Recommendations to reduce or eliminate (fast food) are likely to meet with little or no success," concluded the Massachusetts Medical Society's nutrition committee.But not all fast food is created equal.
For example, a typical double cheeseburger with sauce, French fries and milkshake has 1,275 calories - half of what a typical adult male needs for the day and two-thirds of what a typical woman needs.
Nearly half its calories comes from fat, most of it saturated. Squeeze the meal and 14 1/2 teaspoons of fat would drip out, the committee found.
Yet at the same fast-food emporium, a consumer could also feast on a slice of cheese pizza, a tossed salad with low-calorie dressing, and an 8-oz. glass of orange juice.
Total calories: just 315 - ideal for slimming down. Seventeen percent of those come from fat, compared to the 30 percent upper limit recommended by the American Heart Association and others. And only 1 1/2teaspoons of fat could be squeezed out.
There are enough different kinds of fast food out there to eat a healthy meal, the nutrition committee concluded. But you have to know what to look for ahead of time, it noted, since there's no nutrition labeling attached.