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America's best and worst fast food and fast food alternatives is featured in the Consumer Reports Magazine | August 2014. For starters, the best fast foods include healthful choices such as some of the Subway Sandwiches and alternatives to fast food such as Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill.

You can visit these chain eateries in Sacramento. Other alternatives to fast foods listed include Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Schlotzkey's. Most of these chain fast-food eateries and alternative to fast food eateries have branches in Sacramento as well as in other areas. You also can check out websites such as Best Sacramento Fast Food Places - Urbanspoon and Fast Food Restaurants in Sacramento, California with Reviews. One alternative to fast food are Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants, Healthy, Organic, Sacramento. It depends on whether you're looking for healthiest foods, healthiest fast foods, cheapest fast foods, or are more interested in the service, cleanest surroundings, foods that are rated as tastiest, or foods to fear.

Consumer Report's list of healthful choices include Subway, Jason's Deli, Panera Bread, Corner Bakery Cafe, McAlister's Deli, El Pollio Loco, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, Noodles & Company, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Boston Market, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Qdoba Mexican Grill. Recently there were articles in the news informing the public about an ingredient in bread used by various fast food eateries and some (alternative to fast food) restaurants that customers wanted removed from the bread. You may wish to see the article, "Panera to Remove Additives Like Wood Pulp from Menu." Or check out the articles, "Subway to remove chemical from bread - CNN.com" and "Subway to Remove Shoe Leather Chemical from Their Bread."

If you look on page 16 of the article, "America's Best & Worst Fast Food," published in the August 2014 issue of Consumer Reports, you'll find listings of various newer eatery chains. The article tells you the "chew over the results" from the magazine's latest reader survey. The article is divided into a section of healthful choices, a section on if you want more for your money, a list of regional gems, eateries with top service, and fast-food alternatives.

For example, for those who eat burgers made from meat, the article emphasizes that In-N-Out Burger does cook to order its burgers from premium chuck, ground by their own butchers, and buns are baked in-house. You can check out the article in the magazine. Check with your public library to see when the August issue reaches your local public library. Or get the magazine on a newsstand if you don't yet subscribe.

You should be aware that the list in Consumer Reports under the section on "If you want more for your money" includes the names of numerous fast food eateries where the food is relatively cheap. But remember when it comes to healthy food choices, is cheap really that much of a bargain? On that list, the magazine explains, only 22 percent of respondents thought that the meat offered excellent value. On the other hand, some of the chains mentioned in the article were judged better than average in terms of how much food the eateries offered for their money. Also, on page 18 of the Consumer Reports article is a section mentioned fast-food eateries with top scores for clean surroundings and also a listing of what eateries are at the bottom of the list.

Foods to fear?

Noteworthy in the Consumer Reports article is a section on page 18 on foods to fear with the calories listed. For example, under the foods to fear section, Burger King's Triple Whopper is mentioned along with the number of calories, fat, and sodium content. Check out the article for the answer if you want the statistics on calories, fat, and sodium (salt). That list also mentions other fast foods and number of calories, fat and sodium. For example, the large order of Firehouse Subs Sweet Thai Chili Pork Sub contains 1,541 calories, 95 grams of fat, and salt is a whopping 3,458 mg of sodium (salt), definitely not for those with salt-sensitive high blood pressure. If you have a health condition, choose wisely from the healthful food choices when eating fast food. Also, you'll find when checking out the Consumer Reports article is a section and listing of the taste champs when it comes to burgers, chicken, and more.

Interestingly, the vegan fast-food choices and alternatives to fast food eateries are not in the article. And one of the best vegan-friendly/vegetarian-friendly soup and salad bars has disappeared from Arden Fair mall. It used to be a substitute for the fried foods offered at the State Fair for many families, especially seniors looking for foods with little or no added salt, sugar, or fats to the raw foods. Unfortunately, even that restaurant used to salt the soups instead of letting the customer decide whether he or she wanted to add salt to soups or other foods.

With a rising percentage of the population with familial hypertension and/or salt sensitivity, eateries could offer food that's healthier. But most people come back time and again to fast food eateries for the taste, price, and service rather than for what the food does to their arteries at the moment. Again, it all depends how your genes respond to the variety of food you choose as to whether you consider a particular food healthy.

You might also check out on page 20 of the Consumers Reports article the section called "Battle of the Breakfast Sandwiches." Those foods are listed, with information about what's in those breakfast sandwiches at which fast food eateries, and a section on the bottom line of what the Consumers Reports magazine's testers preferred. The restaurants listed in the article on page 21 are rated, and an excellent guide to the ratings is included on page 21. What's great about his article is that you get a list for various foods of the price paid, the serving size in ounces, the number of calories, the total fat in grams, and the sodium content in mg for various breakfast sandwiches served at fast food eateries.

The ratings are based on a survey of 32,405 Consumers Reports subscribers who told the magazine about their experiences with 96, 208 dining experiences at 65 fast-food and alternative to fast food eateries. Foods included pizza, burgers, sandwiches, chicken, Mexican fast-food and Asian foods as well as what's known as fast-casual foods, which are a tiny bit more upscale as far as the chain eateries. Just remember the replies don't represent everyone in the nation who eats at fast food eateries. The basic bottom line score is about overall satisfaction from the readers.

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