Starting today all McDonald’s in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will offer fruit automatically in their Happy Meals as a part of McDonald’s new “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choice”. The initiative is supposed to “help” customers make more nutrition minded choices but I’d say if you chose to go to McDonald’s the first thought on your mind wasn’t nutrition. Continue reading
I’m starting to think Kraft, particularly with it’s Oreo cookies, are leading the pack in the “Let’s Make a New Horrific Twist On An Old Junk Food Favorite” game. I guess they didn’t want to be outdone by KFC’s Double Down or Burger King’s burger/pizza baby so they’ve introduced the Triple Double Oreo, which has Continue reading
McDonald’s announced they would be adding a quarter cup or half serving of apple slices to all happy meals, as well as reducing the portion of fries to 1.1 ounces in an effort to “help kids make healthier choices.” They will also be introducing fat free chocolate milk as opposed to the low fat milk they currently have. The fast food chain’s senior director of nutrition said the changes were a response to customer demand.
McDonald’s claims to “help kids make healthier choices”, but most of these changes will be “automatic”. Where’s the choice in that? Research shows most people stick with the default and the logic is supposed to be that now the default is “healthier”.
Everything else is your choice:
* Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Chicken McNuggets.
* “Beverage, including new fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low fat white milk”
The change in the meal still leaves many feeling not so happy. For starters, smaller portions of fries and a few apple slices does not make a “healthy” meal when some, if not all, of McDonald’s food is genetically modified, factory-farmed and laced with sugar and sodium. The 1% low fat white milk is still a choice and maybe that’s just as well since anything other than of a cup of ice will be an unhealthy choice anyway as a beverage at McDonald’s…and even then you still have to be concerned about this.
Changes to the adult McDonald’s menu to sugar, sodium, and saturated fats won’t go into full effect for another five to ten years. You’ll have to make healthier choices without help from McDonald’s till then.
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California Mom Athena Hohenberg is suing Nutella for what she says are overhyped nutrition claims when the popular sandwich spread is actually loaded with sugar and saturated fat.
She said she was “shocked to learn that Nutella was in fact, not ‘healthy, nutritious’ food, but instead was the next best thing to a candy bar, and that Nutella contains dangerous level of Continue reading