As a point of interest, and personal concern for myself and my family, I wanted to see what I could find on eating at McDonald’s, and what it meant to our health. Healthy Eating is of course important to everyone of us.
According to their own website:
“Good food and fun knows no boundaries. McDonald’s has over 32,000 locations in more than 100 countries around the globe.”
“We serve more than 60 million people around the world every day. Learn more about our company, our environmental policies and social responsibility efforts, and our history” But Does that mean we are all eating Healthy?
And as referenced from their site: http://www.mcdonalds.com/content/us/en/our_story/our_history.html
Since 1955, we’ve been proud to serve the world some of its favorite food. And along the way, we’ve managed not just to live history. From drive-thru restaurants to Chicken McNuggets. It’s been quite the journey, and we promise this is just the beginning.We’ve got our hearts set on making more history.
Eating Healthy ? Is this really a good food and lifestyle decision for us and our family? Is this something we really should be doing???
We all may ask: “Is it a good idea to let my children eat at McDonald’s?” Is this Healthy Eating?
When searching on the topic I came across the following information. It is pretty alarming and enlightening to what we all think is the answer… no… you probably shouldn’t let them eat McDonald’s… not if you love them.
See Ref 1 Below:
1. It‘s a lie.
McDonald’s, really fast-food in general, isn’t real food. The “nugget” isn’t a part of the chicken’s anatomy, real ribs have bones (I’m looking at you McRib), and, most importantly, real food rots. Check out this McDonald’s hamburger from 1999. Yes, it’s been sitting on a shelf for 14 years. There’s not a spot of mold or a single maggot. If nature’s natural composters don’t recognize it as food, neither should you. If you feed your kids McDonald’s, you forever alter their concept of what real food looks, feels and tastes like.
2. It‘s heinously unhealthy.
There are few things that derail your health like fast-food. The average McDonald’s meal contains so much sodium, unhealthy fat, sugar and empty carbs. It is the exact opposite of what any doctor or nutritionist would consider a healthy diet. A 2004 study published in “The Lancet” found that eating fast food more than twice per week is linked to rapid weight gain. As well as increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And sometimes fatal cardiovascular health problem.
3. The company refuses to acknowledge what its food does to kids.
Sure, sure, every day we hear that McDonald’s offers a plethora of healthy choices, blah, blah, blah. It doesn’t matter. Offer as many weird, wilted salads as you want. But almost no one buys them, and certainly not kids. If McDonald’s is so healthy for kids, why doesn’t the company prove it? Instead, McDonald’s has consistently refused to assess the impact it has on children’s weight and health.
4. Because your kids are their future.
We haven’t even begun to discuss the impact McDonald’s and other fast food chains have on the environment and agricultue. If those issues matter to you, the last thing you should do is introduce your kids to this food. It’s no secret that one of the oldest items on the McDonald’s menu is the “Happy Meal.” A kid-sized sack of fake food accompanied by a plastic, Made in China toy. McDonald’s has and always will target children with its advertising. Why? . Did we mention fast food has been proven to be intentionally addictive? Once hooked, McDonald’s knows your kids will return as adults, allowing them to continue their gross, destructive, exploitative practices in perpetuity.
What should you Eat
Ref 1: http://www.care2.com/causes/5-reasons-to-never-let-your-kids-eat-mcdonalds.html