The fast food industry has long been known for offering more and more tempting snack foods, but it’s still a challenge to make sure your snack is healthy and delicious.
Now a new study from the University of Melbourne suggests that you might be able to eat your way through a fast-food restaurant meal.
In the study, participants were divided into two groups: one ate a snack at a restaurant, and the other ate a healthy meal in their homes.
After just a few minutes, they found the snack groups to be equally healthy, but when they ate their healthy meal, the researchers found that the snack group ate significantly more than their fast food counterparts.
“In both groups, we found a reduction in body weight and the proportion of calories from fat and carbohydrate,” lead author Dr. Rebecca B. Smith said in a statement.
Although the participants were told they were only eating healthy food, there was a slight difference in the way they experienced the meal.
For instance, participants in the fast food group ate more calories than the other groups did, but the fast-fast food group also had more protein, more vitamins, and less saturated fat than the healthy food group.
According to the researchers, this is a result of a reduction of food waste as well as the fact that the fast eaters eat more of their calories as snacks.
However, the study is limited by the fact the participants didn’t eat their snacks before eating the healthy meal.
This means that it’s not clear whether the findings are due to the food being too fresh or the fact a meal was too high in fat and sugar.
The researchers suggest the results of this study are not definitive.
If you’re wondering how much healthier you’re feeling from eating a meal at a cafe or fast food, Smith said that a healthy snack is probably as healthy as you can get.
This article originally appeared on Healthline.com