Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Killing for Convenience

McDonald's Mighty Kids Happy Meals

I just watched Super Size Me, again, and it compelled me to go and look at some of the actual nutritional information online. I never eat in fast food places like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's or Taco Bell, etc., so I wasn't really sure what they even served any more.

I started by looking at the ingredients for fries. It should be potatoes, oil and salt. Maybe some spices, right?

Nope. It was:

Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*, citric acid [preservative]), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.


Then I thought about all the kids eating this crap. But they have "healthy options" now, right? Like Apple Dippers with Caramel Dip. But what is possibly in that...

Well the so-called low fat caramel dip is made of: Corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk (milk, sugar), high fructose corn syrup, water, butter (cream, salt), sugar, salt, disodium phosphate, artificial flavors (vanillin, ethyl vanillin), caramel color, pectin, potassium sorbate (preservative).

That's a lot of sugar.

In looking at the two "meals" featured and targeted at kids, they seem pretty crappy.

If you feed your kid the McNuggets/Milk/Apple dippers option they are eating:

390 Calories, 15g of Fat & ZERO fiber

If you feed them the double cheeseburger/Milk/Apple dippers option they get:

640 Calories, 26g of Fat & only 2g of fiber

That is appalling. And I don't just mean the food and lack of anything decent nutrion-wise. I mean the fact that parents feed this garbage to their kids on a regular basis. I know plenty of parents, some stay-at-home moms, that choose to get this for their kids for lunch at least once a week. And this is in spite of the fact that nutritionists say you should never eat this stuff. Not to mention that the flesh of 100+ animals can be in your 1 burger patty. (um, gross!)

Children are more susceptible to absorbing toxins than adults. Why would any parent think that this is a good thing to give their kids?

But don't just listen to me...

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