Burger Sliders: A Smaller Burger Can Mean Smaller Waistline
Aiming for a smaller waistline may mean switching from the super size favorite to a smaller burger. What one loses in size of burger may be offset by the reduced calories in the version without as much heft. Hefty hamburgers are still widely available at many drive-through and indoor restaurants. Some people crave a lot of beef in one serving. Yet it is a new trend to find small hamburgers, sometimes called sliders, on modern menus.
It used to be that many people, Americans and others in countries where the U.S. creation caught on, thought that bigger was better. Members of earlier generations who might have suffered poverty as children or gone through the Great Depression of the 1930s, came to feel that getting plenty of red meat in the diet meant that want and hunger could finally be put aside in their memories. That was before all the dietary and health studies that revealed the negative effects of eating too much fatty meat. While burgers have never dropped completely out of popularity, there was a short moment in recent history when they had a very bad rap. Foods such as the fast food hamburger were blamed for obesity and heart problems.
One can have one's burger and still eat it without putting on the pounds or running the risk of heart failure. Reducing the amount of meat in a burger will mean lower fat and fewer calories get ingested. One does not have to sacrifice flavor let alone meat cravings in order to be healthy. The smaller burger available today helps people stick to their healthy diet plans while still indulging in an American style favorite.
In the U.S. new consumer regulations require so called fast food restaurants to make available the dietary details of the foods they serve. Someone on a restricted calorie diet can easily access this information in person or over the internet so they can enjoy some of their favorite foods without exceeding their calories each day. Flavor and quality do not disappear just because portion size needs to shrink. A smaller burger can be just as satisfying as its big brother to anyone who enjoys beef and also craves improved health.
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