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How to eat healthier on the go

Fast food is just that: Speedy, but choose too quickly and your order could drag you down.

"It's popular, tastes good, but what we're trying to do today is teach people to make a better choice," said Dr. Eric Snow, a chiropractor and whole food therapist.

Our first stop was McDonald's and their Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon burger.

"About 10.3 ounces. That's a big, big portion size just for one meal," said Dr. Snow.

The burger is about twice the size of the classic Filet-o-Fish sandwich and super-sizing makes a big difference. The Filet-o-Fish is nearly 400 calories less than the Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon burger and saves you half the carbohydrates.

"There's a semi-balanced meal just in a sandwich. You can make a difference not getting the 16, 20, 40 ounce soda pop, which is straight sugar, and then you add a large fry," he added.

When grabbing a cup of joe in the morning, sticking to basics is the way to go.

"It basically has no carbohydrates, no sugar, no calories or anything," said Dr. Snow.

In the same size cup, a McCafe Peppermint Mocha can run you 340 calories, according to the McDonald's online nutrition information. 

At Kentucky Fried Chicken we discovered 'finger licking good' is not always good for you. The extra-crispy chicken has that crunchy breading, but Dr. Snow explained that "the thing with flour is it's just stripped out. It doesn't have any nutritional value. It's actually an anti-nutrient, so it will pull nutrients from your body."

Compare the tasty tenders to a grilled chicken breast and it's a no-brainer.

"You're looking at half of the calories there," said Dr. Snow.

Add potato wedges and a biscuit and you're at a whopping 860 calories, but grilled chicken with green beans sets you back only 245, according to KFC's online nutritional information. 

For a little south of the border flavor, we headed to Taco Bell, where the burrito reigns supreme, literally.

The XXL Grilled Stuffed Burrito with ground meat delivers on its extra, extra large size at 880 calories. Compare that to a Fresco Bean Burrito at less than half -- 350 calories, according to Taco Bell's online nutritional information.

"Forty-two grams of fat in the XXL versus eight grams of fat in the Fresco Bean Burrito," said Dr. Snow.

And sauce lovers, beware! The creamy jalapeno sauce is 70 calories alone, while the classic mild sauce has nearly no calories and very little sodium.

Dr. Snow said that your best bet is a plain old taco. He called it a perfect portion without the grande calories.

To find your favorite meal at any of the three fast food chains and add up the calories, carbs and fat go to the links below.

McDonald's: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/nutritionfacts.pdf

KFC: http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_nutrition.pdf

Taco Bell: http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition/calculator

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