Consumers look for 'healthier' fast food
Tuesday 27 July 2010
Consumer awareness of the benefits of a balanced diet is forcing fast food chains to offer a larger range of healthier options.
A July 21 report by Mintel Menu Insights, part of consumer research group Mintel, found that fast food chains are offering a better variety of ‘healthy' menus in response to consumer demand.
The report found that between the second quarter of 2009 and the second quarter of 2010, menu items labeled as healthy grew by 65 percent, and the number of menu items containing fruits or vegetables increased by 10 percent between 2007 and 2010. Also the number of items offered which were labeled as vegetarian grew by 21 percent during the same 2007-2010 period.
The report indicates that the increase in allegedly healthy items is due to a rising consumer demand, increased awareness over the benefits of healthy eating and a growing concern over levels of childhood obesity.
Using nutritional information provided by international fast food chains Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds, Burger King and Subway regarding menu items which are internationally available, the options at each restaurant which contain the least possible amount of calories are:
Veggie Delight Salad 50 calories
Grilled Chicken whole wing (per 37 gram serving) 80 calories
KFC Snacker, Honey and BBQ sandwich 210 calories per 98 gram serving.
Premium Cesar salad (without Chicken) 90 calories (USA)
Grilled Chicken salad (no bacon) 115 calories (Europe)
Garden Salad 137 calories
12" ‘Fit ‘N Delicious,' green pepper, red onion, and diced red tomato pizza, 150 calories per slice (1 slice = 1/8 pizza) 1200 calories per pizza.
Life & Style blogs
Airline food across the classes: Ever wondered what the other half are eating?
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
Huawei P8 review: best phones nobody's seen from the biggest company nobody's heard
The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive - it's where the CIA gets its coffee fix
Contraceptive pill 'can affect emotions by changing structure of brain'
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...