Think you're being healthy and saving some calories by ordering the salad or oatmeal?
Don't be so sure, says the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
The group recently tested the nutritional content of some items that fast-food establishments are promoting as healthy. The group found they were far from it. Some of the items were packed with more fat, sodium, and sugar than anyone should eat in an entire day.
The group found the worst offenders were Wendy's Baja Salad, with almost twice the recommended amount of sodium for an entire day, and McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, with more calories than a hamburger and more sugar than many candy bars.
"Your health and your waistline will thank you for saying no to these so-called healthy foods," PCRM nutrition education director Susan Levin, said in a statement. "Fast-food chains hope to cash in on consumer ignorance with labels like "fat-free" and "low calorie."
KFC's grilled chicken, was also singled out. Marketed to health-conscious consumers as a "better-for-you" alternative over the chain's high-fat fried chicken, the group said the chicken contains a carcinogen called PhIP that has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and other cancers.
The five worst "healthy" fast food items are:
Wendy's Baja Salad -- contains 1,990 milligrams of sodium -- more than should be consumed in an entire day.
McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal -- Contains more sugar than a Snickers Bar.
Subway Fresh Fit 6-inch Turkey Breast Sub -- With standards such as cheese and mayo, this "low-fat" sandwich jumps to 24 grams of fat. Contains processed meat, which is linked to increased cancer risk.
Sonic Strawberry Smoothie -- Contains more sugar than five Twinkies.
SBlt KFC Kentucky Grilled Chicken -- Contains PhIP, a chemical classified as a carcinogen by the federal government.