3 Reasons to Ditch the Drive-Thru

It’s no secret that fast food isn’t the healthiest, but you might be surprised to learn that your health isn’t the only thing that will improve when you break the routine. Swapping fast food for whole food (fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean protein) will help you:

Live Healthier, Longer.

The Journal of Nutrition, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the American College of Preventative Medicine all point to a relationship between fast food intake and metabolic syndrome (a group of factors such as unhealthy blood lipid levels, abdominal obesity and high blood pressure which put you at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke.) By swapping out fast food for healthier options, you are decreasing your risk for these chronic diseases as to increasing the quality, and quite possibly length, of your life.

Feel Better.

All the excess salt, fat and sugar in fast food can leave your body feeling sluggish and your brain feeling foggy. Swap out your lunchtime Oreo ® Milkshake for some Greek Yogurt and you’ll skip right over the afternoon energy slump. Eating nutritious foods will also keep your immune system strong and your digestive system happy.

Save Money.

Fast food is typically referred to as inexpensive, but you might be surprised to learn that it really isn’t. Although there are individual items that only cost one dollar, if you find yourself at the drive through frequently, it all adds up to more than a healthier meal at home. Let’s compare dinners:

Burger King’s 5 for $4 Value Meal


Pasta with Meatballs and Green Beans


*Costs taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Average Retail Food Prices in the Midwest.

Frequenting fast food restaurants may be convenient, but that’s about it. You are in the driver’s seat when it comes to making choices that will affect your health and wellness, so pass up the drive thru and refuel with nutritious foods!

A quick, healthy meal? Check out 3 Steps to a Healthy Meal on the Fly.


Elizabeth BedellElizabeth Bedell Marino is a registered and licensed dietitian and the Coordinator for ProMedica Executive Health Program. For her full bio, please click here.