Making Healthy Choices By Sarah, Sophia, and Charlotte

Our restaurant is A and W

A&W is like any other typical fast food restaurant. A restaurant you may enjoy eating at. But is it really healthy? Are all the foods you order actually fresh and good for you? Many foods at A&W contain more sugar and not enough proteins that you should have. Therefore in this presentation, you will see that A&W is not your best fast food descision to eat at.

Are milk and 100% vegetable or fruit juices as readily available as soft drinks?

Juice from A&W have less protein, iron, sodium, and vitamins, and has more sugar, and carbohydrates. Therefore the juices are not 100% fresh.

Is there a variety of Meat and Alternatives available for main meal items? (Beef, chicken, fish, nuts/seeds, beans)?

Meats such as beef, pork, and chicken are available, but nuts and alternatives are not.

Are lower fat milk choices available?

The only options of milk is 2% milk or 1% chocolate milk.

Is there a variety of vegetable and fruit choices available? (fresh vegetables/fruit, canned fruit, salad)?

Fruits and vegetables are not sold individually, but salads such as potato salad, coleslaw, and macaroni salad are available.

Could you have the option of having sauces and dressings on the side?

Yes, there is an option of gravy or chipotle mayo as a dressing and other foods on the side.

Do you think the way the food is marketed affects your food choices? For example: Are certain foods/meals displayed more prominently than others? Do cashiers encourage customers to add to their initial order (e.g. increase the portion size for only a small cost or order a combo instead of an individual item). How could these factors affect the overall nutritional value of the order?

I do think that cashiers would encourage people on what they eat because many time staff explains new deals to change your order, or they would tell you many other things in the menu to add to your meal. For example... Cashiers explain new offers to their customers in order to save money and get more food rather than one thing worth half the price. Also, many times cashiers mention other food items on the menu in a way of encouraging you to buy more.

A meal we chose was a Teen Burger, fries, and 12oz of Root Beer.

This Burger includes 4 grain servings, 1/2 a serving of vegetables, and 1 and a half servings of meat and alternatives. The cheese is not a serving because it is 50 grams which is a dairy serving.

Next to fries and root beer. Neither of these foods count as a serving because fries lack many nutritional value of vegetables, and root beer contains a lot of sugar which is not healthy.

This meal contains 52 grams of sugar, 1600 my or sodium/salt, and 53 grams of fat. It also only contains 6g of fibre.

Ordering different would be healthier... Instead of root beer, you can order milk so you have atleast one dairy serving. Also instead of having fries, a better decision would be to have sale and increase the servings of vegetables.

This new meal includes 23g of sugar and 11g of fibre.

Therefore when choosing different meals to eat, choose soemthing that is healthy for you and that includes foods with everything you need!

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