If you don't want to spend a lot of money on lunch or dinner, fast food chains are definitely the cheapest option, but they’re often not terribly nutritious. Now that more people are aware of the ingredients in their food, fast food chains have responded by adding healthier options and improving their menus.
Although some high-calorie, high-fat foods stay on the menu, improvements toward decreased portion size and fewer artificial ingredients have been noted. Depending on what people are concerned about — whether it be calories, fat, sugar, or specific ingredients — chain restaurants are now required to display the nutrition information online or even on their menus.
For children, eating healthy at these restaurants can be difficult. Although healthy options are offered, most children tend to be picky eaters and are often drawn to the unhealthy options that are still on the menu. Several fast food chains, such as Burger King, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s have introduced healthier items for kids, though, and have also taken soda off their children's menus. Many of the chains will take years to make changes to their menus, but the good news is that improvements are underway.