The ups and downs of fast food breakfast

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We need plenty of fiber and carbohydrates to fill our bodies with energy for the day. If you’re like me, some mornings feel like a big rush, so it can be tempting just to go grab some fast food.

But wait a minute, isn’t fast food bad for you, especially when you eat it for the most important meal of the day? Yes, absolutely. You really shouldn’t ever have fast food. However, if you simply must have some fast food for breakfast, here’s some dos and don’ts.

640px-BK_Croissan'WichLet’s take a look at the McDonalds menu. It might be tempting to pick the Big Breakfast with Hot Cakes. I mean, it comes with two pancakes, scrambled eggs, a biscuit, a sausage, and hash browns. Hold on, though! You know what else it comes with? A whopping 1,090 calories and 56 grams of fat. That’s more than half the calories you should be eating in a whole day! Instead of that pile of fat, you should pick the Egg McMuffin. It only has 300 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 2 grams of fiber.

For Burger King, one of the worst items to pick for breakfast is the Double Croissan’wich with Double Sausage, which has 700 calories, 49 grams of fat, and 1,510 milligrams of sodium. This contains almost all of the 65 of grams of fat you should eat per day and more than half the amount of sodium. Ouch. The best option to pick would be The Egg and Cheese Croissan’wich. It has 320 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 11 grams of protein to keep you full until lunchtime.

Some of the better options from other fast food chains include: Jack in the Box’s Breakfast Jack, the Egg and Cheese on an English Muffin from Dunkin’ Donuts, and Subway’s Egg White & Cheese Sandwich. All of these are low in calories and high in protein, to help us stay full and focused.

While these options are some of the healthier fast food choices, the real healthy option is to eat non-fast food that is high in fiber and proteins, while low in fat. Then, you’ll be ready to conquer the day!