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The Double Edged Sword of "Healthy Fast Food"

What's on the menu at the fast food chain lately? Strangely enough, the answer is ... "health food!" Even more unrealistic, many are marketing their food for weight loss. Healthy weight loss foods at Taco Bell and McDonalds? Is this a noble step to be commended, is it a great corporate advantage, or is it a double-edged sword?

Almost everyone remembers Jared's weight loss campaign for Subway. Jared Fogle is a man who lost 245 pounds while eating on the subway regularly. He only selects lower calorie items on the menu. Seeing the opportunity, local store owners are lining up for Subway's corporate idea. Soon, Jared was the company's spokesman for their nationwide advertising campaign, known as The Diet Subway.

Subway sales doubled to 8.2 billion. How much of an increase comes from weight loss advertising is unknown, but there is little doubt that using weight loss as a marketing platform is a benefit for sandwich makers. Other fast food chains take on the weight loss torch where the subway stops.

The latest is to drive Taco Bell through the diet. With their own dedicated website and advertising campaign, drivers on the diet show off their own "Jared": Christine! Conservative advertising, (presumably due to stricter FTC law), says Christine lost 54 pounds over 2 years by reducing her calories to 1250 a day, and part of her success came from choosing a new "Fresco" underground calorie item .

These include "7 diet items with 150 to 240 calories and under 9 grams of fat." For example, there is chicken taco chicken with only 170 calories and 4 grams of fat.

By replacing traditional food items with some lower calorie menu items, you will be consuming fewer calories and less fat. If everything else stays the same, this can help you lose weight. For people who refuse to stop at a fast food restaurant, this can be said to be a positive thing.

Take my brother for example, He's not a total junkie junkie, but going to his own device, he's going to make a big line for Taco Bell and McDonalds as well as his suspended friends.

I went to McDonalds with him a few months ago (not by choice - I was dragged there), and he was going to order a bacon cheeseburger. I glanced at the menu and said, "That's 790 calories!" I glanced at his stomach and continued, "Look, they have chicken wraps. Why isn't there one of them?" Without questioning me, he agreed, apparently happy just to fix any McDonalds.

There at the counter they have a nutritional information sheet:

McDonald's mustard honey chicken wrap: 260 calories, 9 grams fat, 27 grams carbohydrates, 18 grams protein.

That saved him 530 calories. Am I glad that there is something with 260 calories on the menu instead of just 700 calories across the board? Of course. Do I praise fast food restaurants for offering lower calorie options? You bet. But here's the big question:

It may be better to opt for the lower calorie option on the fast food menu (especially with the calories you are posting) but is this really a "healthy choice?"

Some journalists and bloggers caught the inconsistency and wisely replied, "This fast food menu item is NOT healthy, they are just 'healthi-ER.'

I think they're both wrong. The food is unhealthy and unhealthy. It's just low in calories.

You can say that these low calorie fast foods are a healthier option in the sense that they can help reduce your daily calorie intake, which can help you lose weight. If you lose weight, it can improve your health. But what if the definition of healthy food depended on nutrition, nutrient density and the absence of artificial ingredients?

Let's take a look at those very low calorie packs. Do you really think it's healthier just because it gets 1/3 of the calories from a meat cheeseburger?

Here are the ingredients directly from McDonald's website:

McDonald's Roast Chicken Breast Films (wrap): Chicken breast pies with ribs, water, seasonings (salt, sugar, modified food starch, maltodecytes, spices, dextrose, reaction yeast extract, heated (corn gluten, soy, gluten wheat), garlic powder, paprika, chicken fat, chicken soup, natural flavors (plant and animal sources), caramel color, polysorbate 80, xanthan wheat, onion powder, paprika extract), modified potato starch and sodium phosphate . CONTACT: SOY AND WHEAT. Supplied with Liquid Margarine: Liquid soybean oil, water, cottonseed partially hydrogenated and soybean oil, salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, soybean lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), artificial flavors, citric acid, , beta carotene (color). (and don't forget 800 mg of sodium).

BLACK AGAIN! Isn't chicken breasts a potion ... chicken breasts ?! Isn't generally healthy, whole foods - one ingredient?

It's not food. It's more like author Michael Pollan would call "edible food."

What about honey sauce? The first ingredient after the water is ... Sugar!

Tortilla flour ingredients? Heated flour products, also made with vegetable shortening (may contain one or more of the following: hydrogenated soybean oil, soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, hydrogenated coconut oil with mono- and diglycerides added), It contains the following 2%: sugar, fragrance (sodium aluminum sulfate, calcium sulfate, sodium phosphate, baking soda, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), salt, wheat gluten, dough trimmer, sodium metabisulfite, distilled monoglycerides.

Fat trans? Sugar? Aluminum? Things you can't mention and need to find to find preservatives and disinfectants?

Don't confuse the problem: weight loss and health .... Calories and nutrition. There's a difference!

This is what makes fast food a "healthy" double-edged sword.

Some people, like my brother, should not give up food immediately. If I can get him to make better choices that will help him control his weight. If that works out, I'm glad that fast food restaurants have the options they offer.

But if you want to make good choices - healthy choices - you'll forget to "drive" anywhere for your diet. You'll buy fresh, fresh, natural foods, keep a full kitchen ... and learn how to cook.

Subway diets, Drive diets, Cookie diets, or Weight Watchers approved the McDonalds menu (yes, what a pair!) Don't let your child - this isn't just unhealthy, it's not healthy - it's low calorie snacks.

"Welcome to our restaurant owner. Do you like big dogs or small dogs?"

"No thanks, I won't take anything. No matter the size of the dish, the crap is still empty."



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