Ever since the first Automat opened in New York City on July 7, 1912, Americans have had a love affair with fast food. Research has indicated that around 23 percent of all Americans consume fast food on a weekly basis (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/20/opinion/polls/main1060315.shtml). Other studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between fast food and America's obesity (and subsequent dental health) crisis. While the offerings at a typical fast food restaurant may all be tasty, individuals concerned about their health can make strategic choices to get the most nutritional bang for the buck.
There are over 25,000 fast food restaurants across the nation and the menu offerings range from burgers and fries, Mexican fare, Chinese and nearly every type of culinary delight imaginable. Although the meals typically sold at fast food restaurants are indeed yummy and filling, they are not known for providing the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients recommended by the US Government's Nutrition Plate. Since a huge faction of American's depend on the foods sold at the specific types of establishments, knowing which fast food meals are the most healthy and nutritious can help provide the most bang for the buck, especially in regards to oral health.
Best Fast Food Breakfast
For decades, breakfast has been singled out as the most important meal of the day. The process of eating a morning bite will kick start metabolic systems as well as provide the calories needed for morning energy. Nearly every fast food place has expanded their menus to serve this particular meal and individuals grabbing their morning nosh on the run are advised to skip pancakes, waffles and bacon and instead go for options like yogurt, oatmeal or an egg sandwich.
Yogurt is one of the best dairy foods for dental health; research has shown that the right (low fat and sugar free) yogurt can lower the odds of children developing tooth decay and cavities. Oatmeal is another nutritional powerhouse as the food is made from whole grains, a powerful superfood known for boosting dental health. Individuals who prefer a one handed meal should then opt to get a breakfast sandwich featuring eggs and lean meat for a lower-fat, protein rich fast food option. Regardless of what fast food option is selected, individuals are advised to sip either unsweetened green tea or coffee as both caffeine option can help wash away simple sugars left on teeth after dining and even neutralize the acid byproduct that oral bacteria produce digesting the sucrose left behind.