Posted by: Tony Carson | 20 November, 2009

Chain food: all taste, no nourish

A chicken breast. How bad can it be? All those lithe young beauties dine out on the white meat, so do the athletes.

So did I. I order the Chicken McNuggets with the smug confident that while others were pigging-out on those calorie-laden burgers, I was prissing down little bits of chicken breast.

If my nuggets had been warm they might even have been tasty.

It was a while later that I learned that McNuggets are to chicken what sausage is to pork. You don’t want to know what’s in those McNuggeted tid-bits, and you don’t want to know why they are so chocked full of calories — when a real chicken breast isn’t.

But they’re billed as white chicken and everyone knows that white chicken is good for you. Right?

And that’s the problem.

We don’t know what’s in these ‘dishes’ because these companies, McDonalds and Boston Pizza and all the chains, aren’t telling us. They’re making stuff for our taste buds and they don’t give a shit about our arteries.

Look, if you order a burger, layered with bacon and cheese and dripping with fat and mayo you know you’re doing something bad to yourself — you may not know how bad, but you know it’s bad.

But a salad with 1200 calories and more salt then your supposed to eat in an entire day? How are you suppose to figure that out? And how are you supposed to know that if you eat enough McNuggets they are going to kill you? You don’t.

But you should.

The New York City example of putting calories on a menu (in the same point size as the price) is being followed in cities across the states. Not so in Canada which defeated a bill two years ago which would have forced chains to ‘fess up to what they’re feeding us.

This has got to happen. And now. The chains have proven they are recklessly irresponsible in delivering their meals. They should therefore be forced into listing what’s in their concoctions so we can decide for ourselves how badly we want to face our mortality.

This isn’t just an obesity issue, it’s an informed choice issue, and right now, the hybrid, processed dishes they’re serving are a confusion of ingredients designed to sell, not to nourish. That has got to change.

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