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Healthier Fare or Big Burger: Which Do You REALLY Choose?

A recent report on CNNMoney has found conflicting reports because the media claims that we (as consumers) are looking for healthier fare in restaurants, but the restaurants claim we are actually consuming the big, juicy burger. Hum...

I figured why not ask you guys, and be honest! Even though you say you're trying to eat healthier, do you just end up ordering a big burger anyway?


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cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
hey smart bolde..where on the east coast? if near DC try 5 Guys. I guarantee you will be pleased!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 10 years
Depends on what I'm in the mood for. I like burgers when my husband cooks them, because then I know exactly what goes into them (and he never buys less than the 93% lean beef). The only fast food burger I really like is In-N-Out, but since I moved to the east coast there haven't been any of those. :( At fast-food restaurants I usually prefer salads or chicken sandwiches.
darkbeauty darkbeauty 10 years
I don't really like burgers all that much unless they're homemade or from In 'N Out. I usually choose salads or grilled chicken sandwiches at fast food places. Sadly I do have a weakness for fries so I have to try my hardest not to get those when I have fast food; usually I just try and avoid eating at those places in the first place.
Neural Neural 10 years
I voted "Burger" but it's not like it's all the time-- some days I eat healthy, some days I don't want to. So I think the question is too simplistic for me.
Nygymnist Nygymnist 10 years
Im vegetarian so it doesnt even really apply to me but i hope other ppl veg out 2!
Kaellya Kaellya 10 years
Can't stand fast food burgers. Or fast food. I won't even eat McDonalds' salads. If I eat out in a restaurant, I'll go for a nice steak, or a really good salad. Nothing wrong with a good quality burger out - it can be perfectly healthy.
tralalala tralalala 10 years
I haven't eaten a fast food burger since I was 12 (when I decided to go vegetarian), but I still don't always order the healthiest things
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
I'm pretty healthy at restaurants, and I practice good portion control. However if I go to McDonald's or someplace like that I'm not going for the salads! If I go to a junk food place Im going to treat myself . . .
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
I do a lot of healthy food, Love a good salad and a steak. But i do crave a good burger everyonce in a while and when i do i get it!But not from Hardee's, usually Sonic or Burger King.
Chikeebabe Chikeebabe 10 years
I just finished reading "Fast Food Nation". I haven't eaten fast food in over 2 years and after reading that, I'm never eating it again!! Yuck!!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I wonder what area of the country this survey was done or if it was all over? I know that in Urban areas, people are prolly mor elikely to go healthier. because of certain socio-economic factors...
Swangeese Swangeese 10 years
It depends on my mood. If it's a hot day, then I'll probably want something light. I rarely eat out, so I don't really care if it is healthy or not. One meal isn't going to irrepairably ruin a consistently healthy diet. However if I ate out often, then I would want something healthy. As for the article, it's possible that the burgers are cheaper than the healthier entree. That and in some places getting the burger may be faster or the healthy eaters pack a lunch.
GirlInPink GirlInPink 10 years
I make sure not to go to places that will tempt me.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 10 years
I picked healthy fare. I admit I had a burger for lunch today, but it was a veggie burger at an organic cafe, so at least that's better than grabbing a Big Mac at McDonald's. But really, I can't even remember the last time I went to a fast food place for a meal.
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
I usually eat healthier options when I eat out, but every now and then I will have a burger. I think its OK...everything in moderation! One Friday night after a long stressful week a burger and beer wont kill me
jianna jianna 10 years
Fast Food "healthy fare" can actually be pretty deceptive. So in the event that I do end up at a fast food restaraunt (rare) I usually order the "junior" version of the burger, without any cheese or mayo (cuts calories and I'm just not a fan anyway!). What gets me is the fries. I have such a weakness for a nice hot crispy on the outside, soft on the inside french fry....
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
i never eat fast food, but a good pub burger rocks! I always say to myself i'll just have a salad, but i can't resist once i'm there and everyone else is getting them!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
I want something healthy!!!
tigra tigra 10 years
i don't eat red meat and when i have "fast food" it's usually a turkey sandwich from subway. yum!
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 10 years
It depends. If I'm going out to eat as a treat, then I do treat myself and order whatever I want. If I'm just out to at though and its not a special treat then I eat something I would normally eat aka healthier fare.
llendril llendril 10 years
i'm proud to say that i have not had a fast food burger in about a year and a half!
leigha926 leigha926 10 years
burgers gross me out. i would freak out if i put something like that in my body.
smarler smarler 10 years
I enjoy a good burger on occasion, but I avoid the fries and the cheese and the other crap when I splurge. If I'm grabbing carry-out dinner just for myself, I'll stop at Subway and get a healthy sandwich or salad.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I like healthier fare. However, while I abhor fast food, I like a good burger once in a while. Especially now that it's summer and everybody's got their grills out and ready to barbecue!
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 10 years
If I want healthy, I just don't get fast food. I think of fast food as my once a month unhealthy splurge, so why not get whatever I want.
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