Taco Bell is a favorite late-night stop for many youngsters, and today we’re looking at Taco Bell‘s nutritional facts and finding the healthiest options on the menu. Somewhat surprisingly — after all Taco Bell does have a Fresco menu of “healthier” options — there were not a lot of foods to choose from that fell into our criteria.
While many foods met our guideline to have less than 500 calories, most could not meet the new daily sodium recommendation from the U.S. government of less than 500 milligrams of sodium per meal. This criteria was set based on feedback from registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield. So what foods are we OK with calling healthy? Read on for your Taco Bell healthy choices! (Oh, and for the record, fourth meal at 2 a.m. is never a good idea!)
1. Fresco Crunchy Taco. With just 150 calories and 350 milligrams of sodium, when you pair this taco with a piece of fresh fruit or some raw cut-up veggies, you can have a low-sodium lunch! And if you have to have your taco with hot sauce, be sure to choose the Border Mild Sauce that ranks the lowest in sodium of the condiments at 35 milligrams (and zero calories).
2. Cheese Roll-Up. You’ll definitely need to pair this with some steamed veggies or some fruit to fill you up for a meal, but one of these are just 200 calories and contain 480 milligrams of sodium. It’s a good choice for the vegetarians out there!
3. Volcano Taco. This new spicy taco is, again, good when paired with some fresh fruits or veggies. (I suggest celery and carrot sticks because this taco is so hot!) One taco clocks in at 230 calories and 440 milligrams of sodium.
Did you notice that no salads were on this list? All four of Taco Bell’s salads were over in both calories and sodium, so remember, salads don’t always make for a healthy choice!
February 17th, 2011