Whether you're following a new diet trend or trying to stick to your ethical vegan ways, finding a good lunch spot on the go isn't an easy feat - especially if you live in a metropolis flooded by fast food restaurants. However, there is some good news: just because you're restricting your grub options, that doesn't mean you have to avoid the convenience of the drive-thru.
With the help of the vast mathematical power of the internet - via an insurance company called NetQuote - here are the food chains the most compatible with your chosen diets and lifestyle choices.
1. Taco Bell is for vegetarians...
Nowadays, fast food chains offer up a whole lot more than burgers and chicken nuggets, which means vegetarians can easily hit up the joints for lunch too. Taco Bell has 24 menu options that are veggie friendly, followed by Starbucks, while Chick-fil-A and Wendy's tie for the top three spot.
2. ...It's also good for pescatarians too
Taco Bell again takes the lead with 24 pescatarian-friendly menu offerings, while Starbucks and Wendy's trail behind. McDonald's and Chick-Fil-A place dead last. Take advantage of well priced, well-prepared fish, you'll be surprised at how many places don't do fish justice - making you sick in the process.
3. Vegans, go to McDonald's
I know this seems counter-intuitive, but it could be argued McDonald's is leading the shift in mindset and market to meat alternative fast food options (they are the industry leaders - after all, they want something and it's usually done. Bar a disaster or two). Vegans have three restaurant options, that each offers five different menu items that don't include meat or animal byproducts: Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, and Taco Bell - mostly consisting of oatmeal and side dishes. McDonald's leads the way, with the tasty looking McVegan.
4. Low-carb dieters, follow the pescatarians and veggies
A diet free of starchy foods can help you lose weight in the beginning, but giving up carbs can actually make you fat in the long run. If you're trying it short-term (or just decided to go low-carb for lunch after indulging in pancakes and waffles for breakfast), Taco Bell has the most low-carb meals (19) followed by McDonald's (eight) and Chick-fil-A (six).
5. Mediterranean dieters, go to Starbucks
What a lavish lifestyle you guys live. You hear Mediterranean, and you instantly think of gorgeous sun, amazing beaches and all the sexy people that fill them. Turns out, they're all so sexy because they eat so well. America may not have everything the Mediterranean does, but it does have its food. Starbucks and Wendy's offer the most plentiful Mediterranean dishes. The coffee giant's Classic Oatmeal and Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Panini are two yummy options that fit the bill, while Wendy's Broccoli and Cheese Baked Potato and Apple Slices are also great.
Now there's nothing stopping you from reaching your goals, racking up that moral brownie points and socializing with the friends who thought you were weird and stopped hanging out with you because you wouldn't go to McDonald's with them. A lot of these places are even open 24 hours, so they make for great places to satisfy the drunk version of you on a diet who's happened to find themselves on a late night out too.