America Votes Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants of 2013

by HopInTop on August 8, 2013

fast food35 States in the U.S. have voted about what restaurants they find to have the best “healthy” selections amongst six major food chains in the country.

We have all been starved while driving home from a late meeting or a child’s after school game only to find ourselves pulling into a fast food restaurant and receiving immediate service thru that fast food window. We spend so much time in our cars we need food and fast, but we also want to be healthy.

Healthy Conscious Culture

Nutritious salads, healthy soups, and calorie counting desserts. As Americans become more health conscious, corporate restaurants try to provide a healthy alternative to fatty foods usually found on the menu. Even advertising about weight loss associated with eating these new healthy options.

jared fogle“Healthy Selections” Experiences

A prime example of a great weight loss story comes from Subway, which brought notariety to the fast food industry that there are healthy options available and you can lose weight by eating these products. Using Jared Fogle as the role model for this fast food healthy weight loss campaign, he lost 245 lbs eating only fast food. Jared’s eating habits have now produced the “Subway Diet” and Subway is now recognized as a healthier alternative to other fast food restaurants. Subway followed this trend by offering 7 sandwiches each with less than 7 grams of fat.

Most Recent Poll Results 2013

EveryTruckJob produced the most recent poll of which restaurant truly does have the best “healthy selections.” Many votes were acquired from around the country. “We polled EveryTruckJob’s professional truck drivers on their healthy eating habits as they spend significant time on the road,” said CEO Mark Reidenbach of EveryTruckJob.com

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award1st Place Subway
39,739 restaurants in 101 countries

SUBWAY designates themselves as the leader in providing restaurant patrons with choices. This includes healthier meal options than other fast food chains. They entice customers to read the menu and look at the nutritional info. Therefore, boasting that SUBWAY is the healthiest option around. Many advertising dollars have been spent on persuading customers that SUBWAY has the healthiest selections and it has worked in the franchises favor.

Contact Information:
Franchise World Headquarters
325 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06461-3059 USA
Ph: 203.877.4281 -or-
Ph: 800.888.4848
E: Contact SUBWAY® Restaurants
www.subway.com

award2nd Place Petro Iron Skillet
53 locations nationwide

The Iron Skillet at Petro stopping centers claims that no one does home style cooking better than them. Serving truck drivers, interstate travelers, and locals. The restaurant is open twenty four hours a day, seven days per week with a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet menu. Iron Skillet has earned the reputation of the favorite travel plaza restaurant in the nation especially amongst truck drivers offering never ending hot coffee.

Contact Information:
TravelCenters of America, LLC
24601 Center Ridge Road
Suite 200
Westlake, OH 44145
440-808-9100
http://www.petrotruckstops.com/iron_skillet_overview.sstg

award3rd Place TA Travel Centers
238 locations nationwide

Joining with many fast food chains also known as quick serve restaurants (QSR), TA Travel Centers offer a variety of foods for traveling motorists. Drivers can order Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Popeyes, Starbucks, Quiznos Sub, Sbarro, and Arby’s. The franchise understands that drivers want to get back on the road fast thus offering a variety of quick food choices.

Contact Information:
TravelCenters of America, LLC
24601 Center Ridge Road
Suite 200
Westlake, OH 44145
440-808-9100
www.tatravelcenters.com

award4th Place Burger King
12,200 restaurants in 76 countries

11 million people eat at BURGER KING locations everyday and recognize the franchise as the second largest fast food chain in the world. Boasting over 50 years of success serving their claim to fame burger “The Whopper.” Burger King is trying like many other fast food chains to offer more healthy selections for consumers. However, it is hard to move away from classic flame broiled burger and fries.

Contact Information:
Burger King Worldwide
5505 Blue Lagoon Drive
Miami, FL 33126
(305) 378-3000
www.bk.com

award5th Place Wendy’s
6,500 restaurants in 28 countries

Wendy’s claims to be the real choice amongst fast food restaurants. Promising to deliver only quality food that is fresh. The quality includes real ingredients that are said to make the food taste better. Offering one of the most popular dollar menu’s around and staying open late hours, Wendy’s is a very popular fast food chain. You can see the franchise is making the effort to go healthy on their website.

Contact Information:
Wendy’s International Inc
1 Dave Thomas Blvd
Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 764-3100
www.wendys.com

award6th Place Mcdonalds
34,000 restaurants in 118 countries

The largest fast food restaurant in the world, Mcdonalds is known as the originator of quick service chains. We all know the phrase “would you like fries with that.” This is just a slice of how the restaurant grew to be the giant it has become today. Mcdonalds continues to increase its healthy selections on the menu adding more variety every day.

McDonald’s Corporation
2111 Midwest Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 623-3000
www.mcdonalds.com

 Percent Of Votes By State

State % of Vote Subway McDonalds Wendys Burger King Petro Iron Skillet Ta Travel Centers Other
California 13.73 66.7% 4.8% 4.8%  - 19.1% 4.8%  -
Florida 7.84 58.3%  -  - 8.3% 16.7% 16.7%  -
Texas 7.84 70.0%  - 10.0%  - 10.0%  - 10.0%
New Jersey 5.88 55.6% 11.1% 0.0%  - 22.2% 11.1%  -
Pennsylvania 5.88 60.0%  -  -  - 30.0%  - 10.0%
Alabama 5.23 50.0% 12.5%  - 12.5% 12.5% 12.5%  -
Georgia 5.23 75.0%  -  -  - 25.0%  -  -
Illinois 4.58 71.4%  -  -  - 28.6%  -  -
Kansas 3.92 66.7%  -  - 16.7% 16.7%  -  -
Ohio 3.27 60.0%  -  - 20.0% 20.0%  -  -
Colorado 2.61 25.0%  - 50.0%  - 25.0%  -  -
Michigan 2.61 50.0%  -  -  - 50.0%  -  -
New York 2.61 70.0%  -  -  -  -  - 30.0%
Oklahoma 2.61 16.7%  -  -  - 16.7%  - 66.7%
South Carolina 2.61  -  -  -  - 60.0% 20.0% 20.0%
Tennessee 2.61 75.0%  -  -  -  - 25.0%  -
Missouri 1.96 33.3%  - 33.3%  -  - 33.3%  -
Washington 1.96 33.3%  -  - 33.3% 33.3%  -  -
Wisconsin 1.96 33.3%  -  -  - 33.3% 33.3%  -
Arizona 1.31 100.0%  -  -  -  -  -  -
Indiana 1.31 50.0%  -  -  - 50.0%  -  -
Kentucky 1.31 50.0%  -  -  - 50.0%  -  -
Massachusetts 1.31 50.0%  -  -  -  -  - 50.0%
Minnesota 1.31 50.0%  -  -  - 50.0%  -  -
North Carolina 1.31  -  -  - 50.0% 50.0%  -  -
Utah 1.31 50.0%  -  -  -  - 50.0%  -
Arkansas 0.65  -  -  - 100.0%  -  -  -
Connecticut 0.65  -  -  -  -  -  - 100.0%
Iowa 0.65 100.0%  -  -  -  -  -  -
Louisiana 0.65  -  -  -  - 100.0%  -  -
Maryland 0.65 100.0%  -  -  -  -  -  -
Maine 0.65 100.0%  -  -  -  -  -  -
New Mexico 0.65  -  -  -  -  - 100.0%  -
Virginia 0.65 100.0%  -  -  -  -  -  -

Final Comments

Subway is leading the way in marketing healthy selections in the fast food industry, but every major chain is making strides in offering healthier selections at their restaurants.  This healthy push is likely the result of the FDA proposal requiring all chain restaurants with more than 20 locations to post calorie counts on their menu boards.  Subway and McDonalds published the calorie counts on their menu boards long ago, Starbucks posted theirs in June 2013, and several other chains are expected to begin displaying calorie counts on their menu boards before the end of the year.

You can eat a healthier meal regardless of which chain you choose so long as you avoid the fatty deep-fried foods we all love so much.  As an example, the average McDonalds sandwich has fewer calories than the average Subway sandwich, but this average is calculated based on the number of sandwiches on the menu and not the numbers of sandwiches they sell.  Far more cheeseburgers and quarter-pounders are sold than their grilled chicken sandwiches… but McDonalds can be a good choice for those people willing to eat the healthy selections on a chain’s menu.

A general rule-of-thumb for dieting is a pound of fat is equal to about 3,500 calories. You can prevent gaining 1 pound by:

  • While refueling: cut out 25 cans of soda (140 calories each) during a month (~ one a day)
  • At Subway: skip the Doritos (140 calories) and replace a medium soda (200 calories) with a diet drink 10 times
  • At McDonalds: skip the medium fries (380 calories) and replace a medium soda (200 calories) with a diet drink 6 times

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larry overstreet August 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

Ta. And petro the. Most exspensive. Quality of food not that good rither

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