Is McDonald's Making Us Fat?
The Dark Side is Calling You Disguised as a Veggie Wrap:
There's no doubting fast food contains considerable amounts of fat and by no means I am encouraging you to make a bee line for your nearest McDonalds. A Big Mac meal will never win a slimming contest and Weightwatchers point system is highly unlikely to give a green star to McDonald's Angus Beef Burger any time soon. The truth is, we all know fast foods are not the healthiest of foods, but are we getting fatter from fast foods or the hidden ingredients in supposedly more healthier options.
I think we all know skinny celebrities would rather smother their faces in bat sh*t than eat a single french fry, and I doubt very much any Victoria Secret model hangs out in McDonalds eating Mcflurries (even if they are gluten free) but, and here's the big but; is fast food that much more calarific than other foods we eat on a day to day basis?
Is your average BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) that much less fattening than a cheeseburger? Is your healthy option veggie tortilla ladened with hidden calories? What about all that fat in your high fiber breakfast muffin? Is your salad swimming in calorific creamy dressings. Are we being lead down the garden path of what is and what isn't fattening?
Is McDonald's making us fat or are we all betting with the wrong chips? Can we really blame fast food for our bulging tummies or is it time to face some hard fat facts?
McDonald's Fast Food V Takeaway Sandwiches and Wraps
Below left is a list of McDonald's fast food and their nutrition value. Below right is a list of everyday sandwiches and wraps and their nutrition value. Both lists are quite an eye opener.
Most of us enjoy an egg and bacon butty now and again and regularly eat a sandwich for lunch, but do we considered them calorific?
If I told you that your healthy option Falafel and Halloumi Wrap not only contains more calories than a McDonald's Big Mac, but also your healthy wrap contains a hell of a lot more salt too; would you believe me?
Is it possible that we have been conditioned to believe words like high fiber; wholemeal; veggie; homemade; freshly made; green; gluten free; salad leaf; with tofu; meat free; healthy option, to mean low fat, low calorie and more importantly good for us, when in some cases the very opposite is true.
We need to pay more attention to what we eat and while it's no secret that burgers and calories are well related perhaps it's time to take a closer look at the everyday foods we deem a healthier option than a visit to our local McDonalds.
Total fat 24g
Bacon, lettuce and tomato wholemeal sandwich
Total fat 21g
Warm Veggie Wrap
Falafel and halloumi wrap
Total fat 23g
Total fat 12g
McDonald's Grilled Chicken
Premium Classic Sandwich
Total fat 9g
McDonald's Big Mac
Double beef burger and cheese
Total fat 29g
Humous Salad Wrap
Grilled humous and salad tortilla with yogurt dressing
Total fat 21g
High Fiber Muffin
Total fat 24g
McDonald's Crispy Chipotle
BBQ crispy chipotle snack wrap
Total fat 15g
McDonald's Apple Pie
Total fat 13g
Read All About It!
The nutritional information presented here is easily found on food labels and packaging. Indeed McDonalds as do many other fast food eateries; snack bars, take aways, food vans and restaurants have their own websites which clearly outline the contents and nutrition value of their food. What does all this mean? It means that McDonalds is no more responsible for making us fat than a kiosk selling egg baguettes or a bakery selling high fiber muffins.
It really is high time we took responsibility for our own diets and stopped blaming everyone else. With all the knowledge and information provided these days by all food outlets there are no excuses any more. Whether we opt for a large bowl of cereal or a McDonald's Crispy Chipotle to start our day we are consuming calories. Opting for a large portion of veggie soup rather than a McDonald's Chicken Sandwich doesn't mean we're fat free. Healthy options do not necessarily mean the healthier option.
Our daily routines are constantly accompanied by calories, whichever form they come in, is not the main issue. It's the quantity that's the big problem. Too much food. There's a very simple conclusion as to why we're fat; we eat too much of everything. Until we learn to eat calories to fuel our bodies rather than stuff our faces, we will remain fat and continue to get even even fatter.
Welcome to the real world fat people and stop looking for someone to blame: you eat too much, simples. And get off the couch...
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