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Fair food vs.

fast food
The Dallas Morning News asked the Cooper Clinic to conduct a nutritional analysis based on
Recommended daily intake
many of the ingredients in the eight dishes that were named finalists for this year’s Big Tex Choice
for a standard 2,000-calorie diet
Awards, which showcase the best new foods.
The following is a very rough estimation of the foods’ nutritional value. Some of the Total fat 65 g
concessionaires consider their recipes to be a state secret, while others didn’t have exact Sodium 2,400 mg
measurements. Hardly anyone knew how much oil would be used to fry up a serving of their tasty
Carbohydrates 300 g
treats.
— Eric Aasen
FAIR FOOD
Deep Fried Fried Lemonade Fernie’s Fried Club Salad Texas Fried
S’mores Pop-Tart Lemon-flavored pastry made A 12-inch spinach wrap Frito Pie
A Pop-Tart with a chocolate, with lemonade, baked, then surrounding diced ham and Chili, accented with a hint
peanut butter, s'mores flavor, fried; glazed with a mix of chicken, shredded lettuce, of sharp cheddar,
battered and fried; drizzled lemonade, powdered sugar carrot strips, tomatoes, sharp encased in Fritos;
with chocolate syrup and and lemon zest. cheddar and bacon; fried, battered and fried.
topped with whipped cream. then topped with deep-fried
sourdough croutons and
served on shredded romaine
lettuce.

Calories 832 Calories 749 Calories 1,021 Calories 599


Calories from fat 321 Calories from fat 269 Calories from fat 645 Calories from fat 417
Carbohydrates 115 g Carbohydrates 114 g Carbohydrates 73 g Carbohydrates 27 g
Sugar 69 g Sugar 77 g Sugar 9g Sugar 4g
Sodium 507 mg Sodium 660 mg Sodium 1,979 mg Sodium 967 mg
Fat 36 g Fat 30 g Fat 72 g Fat 46 g

Fried Texas Caviar Deep Fried Fried Beer Fried Chocolate


Black-eyed peas fried and Frozen Margarita Fried beer-filled pretzel White chocolate and a
laced with special spices, Sweet funnel cake batter pocket; bite into it and the cherry stuffed into a
blended with Old Bay mixed with tequila; fried, beer pours out, serving as a brownie, dipped into
seasoning; flavors: regular or dusted with a lemon-lime dipping sauce. chocolate cake batter and
spicy. mixture and served in a fried; topped with powdered
salt-rimmed plastic glass. sugar and a cherry sauce
and served with chocolate-
flavored whipped cream.

Calories 317 Calories 740 Calories 397 Calories 434


Calories from fat 145 Calories from fat 227 Calories from fat 135 Calories from fat 210
Carbohydrates 33 g Carbohydrates 102 g Carbohydrates 58 g Carbohydrates 52 g
Sugar 0g Sugar 37 g Sugar 4g Sugar 23 g
Sodium 865 mg Sodium 799 mg Sodium 440 mg Sodium 240 mg
Fat 16 g Fat 25 g Fat 15 g Fat 23 g

FAST FOOD
Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Personal Pan Pizza, 6-inch Oreo Sonic Blast,
McDonald’s pepperoni, Pizza Hut 14 ounces, Sonic
Calories 510 Calories 610 Calories 680
Carbohydrates 40 g Carbohydrates 67 g Carbohydrates 78 g
Sugar 9g Sugar 6g Sugar 70g
Sodium 1,190 mg Sodium 1,410 mg Sodium 460 mg
Fat 26 g Fat 26 g Fat 37 g

NOTE: Nutritional values for State Fair of Texas foods are estimates.
SOURCES: Cynthanne Duryea, registered dietitian, Cooper Clinic; McDonald’s; Pizza Hut; Sonic; Dallas Morning News research
DAVID WOO, NATHAN HUNSINGER/Staff Photographers; TOM SETZER/Staff Artist

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