Right before a study criticized chains including the golden arches for having terrible kids’ menu options, McDonald’s nutritionist Cindy Goody defended its healthiness to The Salt Lake Tribune, stating that she ate it constantly and was fine.
Not only did Goody state that McDonald’s has been “listening to moms in particular” (side note: shockingly, many fathers also know what’s good for their kids) and “recognizing that people are becoming more mindful about what they’re putting in their mouth.” You know, because there’s no point in a company trying to make healthier food unless people have started noticing how terrible the meals are for them.
She also claims that the chain’s food is part of her own healthy diet:
I’m a mom of a 2-year-old and I gained the prerequisite [sic] 30 pounds and I was able to lose all that baby weight. I don’t have a fast metabolism and I eat at McDonald’s once or twice a day. Really. Plus I work out the recommended 5 hours a week. I may eat an Egg McMuffin and apples. My new thing is to have either a hamburger or a double hamburger, no cheese, two bags of apple slices and an oatmeal cookie and still keeping it under 600 calories.
One thing I feel like she’s (purposefully, I assume) ignoring is that calories are not the only factor in whether or not something is healthy. I have lost 30 pounds in a short span of time, too, but was I healthy? No. I wasn’t eating much and the stuff I was eating didn’t have the nutrients I needed to have my body work properly. You can easily regulate your weight and still have a terrible diet, so when I hear somebody touting a brand that is blatantly unhealthy, that serves milkshakes with 54 ingredients and sandwiches with 83% of your daily recommended sodium intake.
Yes, you can eat McDonald’s everyday. You can eat fast food, in general, every single day and probably stay at a healthy weight. But will you be healthy? Are preservatives, tons of sodium, several grams of sugar and all the other unpleasant things that make fast food so appealing going to make you feel good every day, all day? Probably not, no. So is telling people that they can lose baby weight and “absolutely” be healthy while eating McDonald’s once or twice daily irresponsible? Not really, because it’s her job to make the chain sound responsible and healthy. Nevertheless, I just hope people realize that that is the primary reason she’s saying these things and that listening to her is likely not in everyone’s best interest.
Cooking can be time-consuming and frustrating, I know. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to take care of children, work a job and try to still cook meals. However, given how unhealthy so many chains are for both adults and kids, including McDonald’s, it’s so, so worth it to try. Your body and health will thank you.