Fast Food Fails Big on Promise to Serve Healthier Fare

Many fast food eateries have been touting their so-called healthier options after promising to make nutritional improvements in the food they serve, but unfortunately, they’ve failed to come through. While they have increased the use of the term “healthy” on their menus, simply labeling food as such doesn’t make it so.

Over the past decade or so, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that while the use of the word “healthy” increased by 86 percent, the nutritional quality of fast food meals improved just 3 percent between 1997 and 2010.

There were eight chains analyzed during the research including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Arby’s, Jack in the Box and Dairy Queen.

The only thing these establishments are improving is their marketing strategy designed to fool the American public into thinking they’re actually eating something that is good for them.

The study did highlight the fact that “some chains have made positive changes,” however, this included McDonald’s decision to add apple slices to its Happy Meals.

Of course, their apples are not organic, and surprise – guess which tops the list of the “Dirty Dozen,” foods that should be eaten organic due to contaminants? Apples. According to the Environmental Working Group’s latest report, they found 98 percent of apples contained pesticides with 93 percent containing two or more of these harmful toxins.

While many people turn to fast food because it’s considered cheap and filling, consider that it may not be such a bargain when it ultimately leads to a host of health problems and potentially massive medical bills.

Fast food and Trans Fat

french friesMany fast foods contain trans fat, one of the worst things that you can put into your body. They should be avoided like the plague as they could lead to a host of health problems including:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Infertility
  • Premature aging

And that’s just the short list!

Consider that KFC’s pot pie contains 14 grams of trans fat and Burger King’s hash browns are attributed with 13 grams. Jack in the Box offers bacon potato cheddar wedges that contain 12 grams while a large order of McDonald’s fries contains eight grams of trans fat.

The only way these fast food chains will stop serving such unhealthy meals, is when consumers stop purchasing them and demand something better!

-The Alternative Daily

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