One cheeseburger with a side order of chips
Saturated Fat 15g
= 2 Unbalanced Meals
- One cheeseburger with only a side order of chips is equivalent to two high-fat meals without a serving of vegetables.
- The hamburger roll and the chips make up double the starch recommendation for a healthy meal.
- The fat content of this meal is almost three times the recommendation for a healthy meal.
- The sodium in this meal provides half of the sodium recommendation for a day This is quite acceptable as long as the other meals for the day are not also takeaway meals or high in sodium.
- Vegetarian burgers can contain as much fat, if not more, than meat or chicken burgers. In addition, their sodium content is often higher.
- Chicken fillet burgers are not necessarily a healthier option, as the chicken fillet is usually cooked with oil and larger in size than a hamburger patty.
- Chicken patties are as high in fat as beef patties.
- Ostrich burgers are the leanest of all.
SMART CHOICE BURGER
Open cheeseburger with a large tossed salad and no dressing
Saturated Fat 10g
= 1 Balanced Meal
OPTIMISING THE SMART CHOICE
- An open burger, using only half the roll and without any chips, will provide the correct amount of starch and protein. To balance the meal you still need to add vegetables.
- A generous salad with a fat-free dressing such as lemon juice or balsamic vinegar should be added or eaten as a starter to make a more balanced meal.
- Despite leaving out the chips, the fat content of this meal is 25g, which is almost double the recommendation.
- Be sensible about your beverage choice and choose water or a sugar-free cold drink, rather than a milkshake, sugared cold drink, fruit juice or smoothie.
As men require more energy, this hamburger meal can be optimised by simply leaving out the chips and including a large salad with an oil-free dressing. Even without the chips though, this meal is strictly speaking too high in fat for men.