Cell Phones Tattle on Fatty Foods

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

In this fast paced world filled with many fast food options, eating healthy is often hard.

However, making healthier decisions is now at the ease of your fingertips.

"A lot of people have cell phones, and a lot of people use text messaging so it's something you could use pretty quick if you were at a restaurant to be able to decide between two options," St. Joseph dietitian Lindsey Hines said.

If you have ever wished you could have a dietitian on hand to help you eat right on the go, then here's your answer: a text messaging system which sends the nutritional information to you.

For example, to find out how many calories are in a Big Mac, simply text "34381" on your phone. Then, write "Big Mac/McDonalds" and press Send.

The information, sponsored by diet.com, sends all the stats to your inbox in just seconds.

"We do try and advise people not to eat fast food all that often," Hines said. "But if they do have to eat out -- fast food every once and a while -- it would be a tool to help some people make some better choices."

If you have a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, dietitians say about 60 grams of fat is all you need. Health experts say seeing the calories, fat grams and proteins before you take a bite could help people crack down on fatty foods.

However, if texting isn't for you, there are some simple rules to follow.

"Try and stay away from anything super-sized," Hines said. "If you can, choose something grilled, baked or broiled rather than fried that would be better. And if you have to have the fries, get the smallest one."

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