08/30/2013 04:17 pm ET

What Fast Food Restaurants Don't Tell You About Your Meal

Fast food restaurants across the country have begun listing calorie counts on their menus to allow consumers to make more informed decisions about what they eat. But conveying only the calories of a dish doesn't always offer a complete picture of a meal's nutritional stats.

Culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks talked with HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker about what else diners need to know before they decide what to order.

"Calories and nutrition facts do not tell the story of your food," Sacks said. "The ingredient labels do to some extent, but unfortunately we can't fully trust them, either. The health of what you're eating is really about where does your food come from and how is your food processed. There's more that you need to ask about what you're eating."

Sacks explained that if she had to choose between a grass-fed burger with lettuce and tomato and a tortilla salad that came with no information about the origin of the vegetables or ingredients in the dressing, she'd choose the burger because she knows more about the food's background.

Check out the full conversation about the health and fast food at HuffPost Live HERE.



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