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Table 2 Fast food categorization system

From: International collaborative project to compare and track the nutritional composition of fast foods

Fast food category Food sub-category (major) Food sub-category (minor) Description
Asian Thai   Thai take-away meals and products
Chinese   Chinese take-away meals and products
Indian   Indian take-away meals and products
Sushi and rice-paper rolls   All sushi and rice-paper rolls
Other   Other Asian take-away products and meals not in above categories
Beverages Juice   Fruit and vegetable juices, pure fruit smoothies
Milkshakes/ smoothies   Milkshakes, thickshakes, milk-based smoothies and other milk-based drinks
Water   Plain and flavoured waters
Soft drink Sugar-sweetened Sugar-sweetened soft drinks
Sugar free Artificially-sweetened soft drinks
Tea/coffee/hot chocolate   Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and iced variations
Other   Other take-away beverages
Breakfast Savoury   Breakfast rolls/wraps/sandwiches, hot breakfasts, hash brown
Sweet   Pancakes/hotcakes
Other   Plain English muffins, bagels, yoghurt, cereal
Burgers Beef burgers   All beef-based burger products (excluding sandwiches)
  Fish burgers   All fish-based burger products (excluding sandwiches)
  Chicken burgers   All chicken-based burger products (excluding sandwiches)
  Vegetarian burgers   All vegetarian burger products (excluding sandwiches)
Chicken    Fried/grilled/roasted chicken, nuggets, hot wings
Dessert    Dessert products
Dressings/ condiments Sweet   Dessert sauces, sweet spreads
Savoury   Salad dressing, croutons, savoury sauces and spreads, gravy
Other    Ribs, boxed meals etc.
Pasta    Pasta dishes
Pizza Meat-based toppings   Take-away pizza products with meat-based toppings
Seafood toppings   Take-away pizza products with seafood-based toppings
Vegetarian toppings   Take-away pizza products with vegetable-based toppings
Salads Garden/plain salads   Garden salads or other plain salads
  Salads with meat   Salad products with beef, chicken, lamb or fish
Sandwiches Beef-based sandwiches   Beef-based sandwiches, wraps etc. (excludes burger-bun products)
  Chicken-based sandwiches   Chicken-based sandwiches, wraps etc. (excludes burger-bun products)
  Fish-based sandwiches   Fish-based sandwiches, wraps etc. (excludes burger-bun products)
  Vegetarian sandwiches   Vegetarian sandwiches, wraps etc. (excludes burger-bun products)
  Other sandwich products   All other sandwich products
Seafood    All seafood products
Sides Fries   Salted and unsalted fries
Other   All sides (excluding fries) such as onion rings, vegetables, garlic bread etc.
Soup    Soup products
Cakes, muffins and pastry Cakes   Sweet cake products including sweet muffins
  Muffins   Savoury muffins
  Sweet pastry-based products   Pastry-based products such as danishes, tarts etc.
  Savoury pastry-based products   Savoury-based products such as empanadas, pies etc.
Other cereal-based products Tacos   Tacos and other wheat/maize-based products
  Kebabs   Kebab products