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Which Fast Food Place Has the Best Chicken Salad?

written by: efrontiers • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 7/1/2011

One of the top salad favorites is Burger King's Tendergrill Chicken Salad. But is this a healthy choice? Find out with the facts about Burger King nutrition for the grilled chicken salad.

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    Nutritional Information

    Love the convenience food at Burger King restaurants? Remember when dining there, just like at any other fast food restaurant, it is always best to stay healthy by adding a salad to one’s meal. One of the favorite menu choices at Burger King is the Tendergrill Chicken Salad. But is this really a healthy choice? Let’s find out by analysing detailed information on Burger King nutrition for the grilled chicken salad.

    Burger King’s Grilled Chicken Salad is truly an all-weather salad. It can warm cold winter days, but can also cool your sizzling summer heat. With a mix of cherry tomatoes, carrots, crisp mixed lettuce, shredded cheese, and the tender chicken breast, this salad is a meal in itself. But is it healthy for one’s calorie-restricted diet? How much damage does this salad do to the waistline? Will giving in to an occasional craving be justified if the choice is the Burger King grilled chicken salad?

    Health experts usually recommend choosing grilled rather than fried foods, so this salad has that in its favor. According to Calories-Nutrition.Buddyslim.com, the Burger King Tendergrill Chicken Salad contains: 260 calories, 9.0 g of total fat (with no saturated fat), 900.0 mg sodium, 9.0 g total carbohydrates, 29.0 g protein, and 75.0 mg of cholesterol. This nutritional information includes everything in the salad, but does not, however, include the dressing.

    Based on the above nutrition information, the only problem with this salad is the 75.0 mg of cholesterol; a problem if you need to watch cholesterol levels. The calorie count, however, is one of the lowest for chicken salads. It has also no saturated fat content.

    For any salad to be really healthy, nutritionists recommend using fat-free dressings or no dressing at all. If you are eating this salad at Burger King, you might want to skip the dressing, as Honey Mustard Dressing, one of the dressing options, can add 270 calories, 23.0 g of fat, and an additional 20.0 mg of cholesterol.

    If you were to choose a dressing for the salad, the fat-free ranch dressing is the better option. It only adds 60 calories. It has no fat or cholesterol too.

    Based on the information about Burger King nutrition for its grilled chicken salad, it seems to be really healthy. But how does the Grilled Chicken Salad compare to other fast foods chicken salads?

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    Two Alternatives: McDonald’s and Wendy’s

    Two of the best competitors of Burger King are Wendy’s and McDonald’s. Among the three salads, which is the healthiest based on the nutritional information?

    McDonald’s offering is the Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken. Based on its nutritional information per serving, it contains 290 calories, 10.0 g total fat, 1.0 g saturated fat, 890.0 mg sodium, 23.0 g carbohydrates, and 31.0 g protein. This information is based on mixed greens, Chinese peas, mandarin orange slices, sweet red bell peppers, loose soybeans, and a marinated piece of chicken. Any salad dressing is not included.

    Wendy’s, on the other hand, has the Mandarin Chicken Salad. Here is the nutritional information per serving: 550 calories, 26.0 g total fat with 3.0 g saturated fat, 1,230.0 sodium, 53.0 g carbohydrates, and 29.0 g protein.

    Comparing the information of these two chicken salads with the Burger King chicken salad, it appears that the Burger King salad has fewer calories per serving and the lowest total fat. It is closely followed by McDonald’s. Wendy’s chicken salad is full of sodium and heavy on calories. Therefore, if you want to eat the healthiest fast food salad, Burger King Grilled Chicken Salad is the winning choice.

    Resources:

    http://ifitandhealthy.com/grilled-chicken-salad-mcdonalds-vs-wendys-fast-food-diet/

    http://www.calories-nutrition.buddyslim.com/burger-king-tendergrill-chicken-salad/