Published: June 8, 2009
Updated: June 2, 2010
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By Duke Medicine News and Communications
More people are expected to take their vacations on the road this summer thanks to cheaper gas prices and the troubled economy. According to AAA estimates, car travel should increase by 3 percent as roughly 27 million Americans put the pedal to the metal.
When gas tanks need filling and the family needs a break, however, fast food is likely to beckon at the next stop. That could be a problem since a recent report found some popular chain restaurants are offering meals overloaded with fat, salt, and calories.
Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center knows it's hard to resist the convenience of eating quick food that's familiar and relatively inexpensive. Fortunately, she says a fast food restaurant doesn't have to be a left turn off the road to good health. "Nowadays, you can eat a healthy, balanced, calorie-appropriate meal no matter where you travel."