Chick-fil-A Is Now Serving Mac and Cheese—Here’s What a Dietitian Thinks
Would you choose mac and cheese over waffle fries?!2 Day Diabetes Diet . “Even the small serving contains 9 grams of saturated fat (almost half of your day’s allotment if you consume 2,000 calories per day) and almost one third of your daily sodium intake.” But just because it isn’t considered a health food, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it every now and then. “The new mac and cheese is certainly a comfort food, and since it is rich in sodium and saturated fat, it’s best to limit it to an occasional indulgence like you would with all fast food versus a meal time staple,” Palinski-Wade says. What’s the healthiest way to enjoy Chick-fil-A’s new mac and cheese? If you want to give it a try, Palinski-Wade definitely recommends the smaller option. “Since mac and cheese should be an occasional indulgence, choosing the smaller portion would be the better way to go , especially if you are pairing it with additional menu items,” she says. “The larger size contains more than 50 percent of the daily recommended amount of sodium and almost 70 percent of the entire day’s recommendation of saturated fat.” Related Stories How to Order a Healthy Meal at Taco Bell And considering that the mac and cheese already contains a high amount of saturated fat, sodium, and carbs, Palinski-Wade suggests pairing it with a leaner main option, like the Market Salad—that is, if you can conceptualize going to Chick-fil-A without picking up a chicken sandwich. “The Market Salad is one of the lowest items on the menu in carbohydrates, sodium, and saturated fat,” she says. If you prefer to go with the chicken sandwich and understandably need to pair it with a side that’s anything but a salad, Palinski-Wade says that there isn’t much of a nutritional difference to grabbing waffle fries and mac and cheese . “Surprisingly, the waffle fries contain fewer amounts of sodium and saturated fat. However, they also contain a higher amount of carbs and less protein, making them a less filling option,” she says. “Both options should be used an occasional indulgence, and it’s best to stick with the small over larger portions when ordering.” Stay updated on the latest science-backed health, fitness, and nutrition news by signing up for the Prevention.com newsletter Read more: Prevention Magazine
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