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Dihydrophylloquinone in Fast Food
& the Health Impact

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Weight Loss Pays in a Big 'Weigh' With Nutrition Research

Doing fast food or restaurant dining?

Trying to lose weight but you have an appointment at a fast food establishment or a restaurant that you can't miss?

If so, you're probably biting nails - fretting about weight gain when your current focus is on weight loss. What to do, what to do?

Your best solution? Decide what you are going to eat BEFORE you go. Here's a great place at Diet Bites to start planning out your meals: Fast Food Diet Planner

And most all fast food establishments and restaurants have the nutrition facts posted online - so that anyone can make the best menu choices before ordering.

Let's take a look at a terrific fast food restaurant which has menu choices that can fit into almost any weight loss plan. Just at a glance we can see where a bit of investigating can pay off in a big way.  

There are several things to review before making choices that will fit into your diet plan.

Chiefly, we recommend caloric values as the #1 factor as calories control the number on our scales.

However, other nutrition facts - such as sodium content, dietary fat content and the types of fat should also be taken into consideration when making the healthiest choices.

A Health Note Regarding Dihydrophylloquinone & Fast Food Choices

Dihydrophylloquinone, a form of Vitamin K, is commonly found in fast food and restaurant choices. Based on the National Institute of Health, a poor daily diet displaces nutrients which are involved in bone health.

Dihydrophylloquinone which is present in foods prepared with partially hydrogenated fat may represent a marker of a low quality, poor dietary pattern.

After controlled health studies the NIH concluded that higher Dihydrophylloquinone intakes were associated with lower BMD (Bone Mineral Density), in particular at the femoral neck, the trochanter, and the spine in both male and females who participated in the study.

Therefore, their conclusion was that Dihydrophylloquinone intakes are associated with a decreased bone mineral density in both male and female adults.

So yet again, another part of the Nutrition Puzzle to contemplate before making that menu selection which will go on your plate and into your body.

Now let's review those menu choices.

Taco Bell Bean Burrito Nutrition Facts, Calories

387 calories and 11.19 dietary fat grams. This is actually a very wise menu choice. The calories are reasonable - and the burrito is not only delicious, it's also very filling.

With 7.8 grams of dietary fiber - the dieter will continue to feel full for a long time after the meal. This menu selection also contains 9.4 g of Dihydrophylloquinone.

Take special note of the Taco Salad at Taco Bell.

It comes in at 906 calories and 48.88 total fat grams - almost 16 of those derived from saturated fat. Outside of Trans fat, the saturated are a veins worse enemy. The salad also contains 101 mg of cholesterol and over 80 carbohydrate grams.

Also, there's a red flag warning in regards to the sodium content - 1,935 mg. On a good note, the Taco Salad does contain 506 mg of calcium and almost 1/4 of the daily requirement for potassium.

However, based on caloric values alone, the dieter would be better off eating a fresh banana.

While salads are often assumed to be naturally low in calories, a salad isn't always low calorie. The base is - a mix of greens and typically chopped tomato.

But oh my, how those calories climb once the chef starts adding cheese, sour cream and fried tortilla shells to the recipe.

This menu selection also contains 53.3 g of Dihydrophylloquinone.

Taco Bell Nachos, Calories & Nutrition

At 362 calories they are a pretty good Calorie Buy - but afterwards the nutritional values burn and fall to the ground. They do contains 5.10 protein grams and almost 4 grams of dietary fiber which can assist in satisfying hunger.

But there are simply too many lipids (fats) to make nachos a great menu choice, particularly while dieting. This menu selection also contains 55.8 g of Dihydrophylloquinone.

Taco Bell Original Taco, Calories & Nutrition

At 158 calories, this menu selection can fit very nicely into a weight loss plan. The taco also contains 6.11 protein grams, and just under 9 dietary fat grams.

Pair this menu selection with a healthy serving of rice. It too contains Dihydrophylloquinone - 4.6 g but far less than the nacho selection.

In Summary

While the salad appeared to be the best choice it actually contains the most calories and fat grams. The best choice from the above is the Original Taco or the Bean Burrito.

By opting for the burrito - or the taco and a side of rice, the dieter will consuming about 400 calories - less than half of what the Taco Salad holds.

Indeed making wise choices while dining out amid the weight loss phase can pay off in a big 'weigh'.

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