• Fast food restaurants aren’t exactly known for their healthy food options, but sometimes you just can’t get that craving for a burger out of your mind.

    Today on The Perfect Bite, host Andrea Jenner chats with Megan Ogilvie, health reporter for the Toronto Star and author of the book “Menu Confidential.” They taste test five burgers from well-known fast food chains, and Megan reveals which one is healthiest.

    McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese

    Right away, Andrea notices an artificial taste with this burger.

    “The big thing with this one is that you can taste that it’s processed cheese,” she says. “That’s the first taste that I get off the top.”

    “I get the crunch of maybe a lettuce or a pickle, but I don’t really get the flavour of it so much,” she adds.

    “I’m not really excited about the second bite,” agrees Megan.

    The average fast food burger is about one-third of the calories you need in a day. (Thinkstock)The average fast food burger is about one-third of the calories you need in a day. (Thinkstock)Harvey’s Great Canadian Burger with Cheese (Megan and Andrea’s favourite)

    Megan and Andrea were both impressed by the authentic taste of this fast food choice.

    “That is a

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  • Frozen meals can be a convenient and low-calorie alternative to a full dinner, but there are many reasons why you might want to reconsider these sodium-filled meals. On this episode of The Perfect Bite, host Andrea is joined by registered dietitian Anisha Gupta. They take a look at five popular frozen meals and reveal which is the least healthy of the bunch.

    They may be quick and easy, but frozen dinners are often filled with sodium and fat. (Thinkstock)“They’re often very high in sodium, they’re usually low in calories, which don’t make for complete meals, there’s sometimes preservatives in them which we should be concerned about, and they’re often high in fats that we don’t want,” explains Anisha.

    It might seem strange, but meals with more calories are usually better for you.

    “Anything less than 400 calories might not be a good choice on its own,” she says. “If you were to have that three times a day it would be too low for your total daily intake of calories.”

    “The saturated fat should be less than four grams, preferred, and you want to look for zero trans fats. The other

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  • When it comes to fast food, subs are probably one of the healthier options you can go for. But if you’re not careful, you could end up with a sandwich that’s loaded in calories, fat and sodium.  On this episode of The Perfect Bite, host Andrea Jenna is joined by registered dietitian Abby Langer of Abby Langer Nutrition. They take a look at four popular fast food sub options and find out which you should avoid.

    While subs often come loaded with lots of healthy items, it’s still possible that they’re bad for us.

    “If you take a pile of vegetables and you smother them under lots of fat, something good can turn bad pretty fast,” Abby explains.

    Add-ons like cheese, mayonnaise and other sauces can quickly turn into hundreds of extra calories. (Thinkstock)“If you really care about what you’re going to eat, you can actually go online, check the nutritionals and get all the information you need before you even step foot in the restaurant,” she suggests. “When you’re there, you want to stick to a small-sized sub – and keep it simple.  Because when you start loading things on like sauces, cheese,

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