You might not be able to tell delivery from DiGiorno, but we can all generally see the differences between fast food and the high-quality, homemade stuff. With food trends shifting more toward fondness for the latter, the fast food industry is trying to appeal toward people who want to see more imperfections in their foods, thus giving off the image of being less artificial. More
It was announced this week that Burger King is trying to kill off the remaining population of Japan with their latest Frankenburger creation, the “Meat Monster Whopper.” Tipping the scales at 1,160 calories, 69 grams of fat, 24 grams of sat fat, 2,300 milligrams of sodium, and 1.5 grams of trans fat, the Meat Monster is currently available only in Japan. It would make more sense to me if this was a by-product of the recent nuclear-reactor meltdown than the brainchild of some Burger King exec.
The Meat Monster Whopper is unlikely to hit North American Burger King outlets, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had to endure the McObesity sandwiches in our time. Remember late last year when KFC released it’s Double Down sandwich? Or a few months ago when Taco Bell was embroiled in a law suit over the low meat content of their “meat”? Just recently Taco Bell announced it will try making it’s taco shells from Doritos. These food-stunts get a lot of attention in our nutrition- conscious society because we’re always looking for healthier options at our favourite fast food joints. But fast food chains are simultaneously releasing healthier food options for weight conscious customers. And it’s those menu options that are sometimes more confusing. Everyone looking to eat healthy can avoid the Meat Monster, but let’s take a look at some lighter fast food options to see if they measure up.
As part of a broad marketing effort to make over their menu and introduce more “real” foods, Wendy’s is swapping out its garden-variety fries for a new “natural-cut” version using russet potatoes with the skin left on, and seasoned with sea salt. But with a higher sodium content (a medium-size serving will contain 500 milligrams; the former fries contained 350) and no improvement in the freshness department (fries will arrive at Wendy’s frozen), it’s difficult to see the real benefit of these fried (fraud) potatoes. More
Best and Worst Fast Food Salads: If you’ve got to eat on the run, check out which salads to avoid, and which to enjoy. (via WebMD)
Last week we showed you some supposedly “healthy” iced teas and fruity summer drinks from a few of the top fast-food chains. Turns out they’re overloaded with sugar and calories. But what about cool summertime faves like the Slurpee and … More
It’s July 1. It’s hot. And the fast-food chains are hard at work trying to woo us with their most refreshing summery drinks. We really can’t blame anyone for assuming that these iced teas and ades are healthy warm-weather choices … More