MaDonald’s reports a record sales month in July 2010
The fast-food giant McDonald’s has posted its biggest monthly sales increase in more than a year as the fast-food chain’s new fruit smoothies and ice-cold frappes hit the market.
McDonald’s said U.S. consumers flocked to its roughly 14,000 restaurants throughout the month, seeking its new drinks that are part of the restaurant chain’s rapidly expanding beverage lineup.
MaDonald’s is adding new “healthier” products
These fruit smoothies are marketed to the health conscious consumer and are proving to be a tremendous financial success for the McDoanlds restaurants. However, as a consumer, it’s important to understand what you are getting and what is really happening here.
Fast food restaurants are now global.
There has been a dramatic increase in global consumption of fast food since 1977, which has made a significant impact on our overall health.
McDonalds operates 31,000 locations in more than 119 countries on six continents, Burger King operates 12,000 outlets in 73 countries, and Wendy’s as the worlds third largest at 6,500 restaurants. This means that just about every corner of the world is now exposed to these restaurant chains.
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Fast food has become the primary sources of fat in our diet. Fast food consumption and the negative affects it has on the consumer’s health is well known by just about everyone.
MacDonalds for example, continues its attempt to change its public image since the 2004 movie “Super Size Me” shed light on this fast food obesity problem.
But despite all that, people continue to eat at these locations in record numbers.
McDonald’s Fruit Smoothie – is it really healthy?
Here is what CNN reports (August 10, 2010), “The sugar-laden, high-calorie fruit smoothies that are selling so well are perceived by many consumers as being healthy because they’re made from fruit-a misperception that McDonald’s doesn’t do much to rectify”.
Take a look at the ingredients in the fruit smoothie and pay particular attention to the third ingredient. Then take a look at the sugar content in comparison to a Coca-Cola® Classic.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Small)
Serving Size: 12 fl oz cup (347 g)
Strawberry puree, banana puree, water, sugar, concentrated apple juice, contains less than 1% of the following: cellulose powder, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, xanthan gum, citric acid, colored with fruit and vegetable juice, pectin, ascorbic acid (preservative).
44 grams of sugar = 11 teaspoons
Coca-Cola® Classic (Medium)
Serving Size: 21 fl oz cup
High fructose corn syrup, carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors (vegetable source), caffeine.
58 grams of sugar = 14.5 teaspoons
Notice it also contains high fructose corn syrup!
All Fast Food Chains are the same
McDonalds is not the only fast food chain that offers many food choices that are full of sugar. Below is a comparison of a few competitors based on a size small 12-ounce serving.
- McDonald’s Strawberry Banana: 210 Calories, .5g Fat, 44g of Sugar
- Jack in the Box Banana Berry: 220 Calories, 0g Fat, 42.5g of Sugar
- Panera Strawberry with Ginseng: 195 Calories, 1.1g Fat, 39.8g of Sugar
- Jamba Juice Strawberry Banana: 223 Calories, .8g Fat, 45.9g of Sugar
- Starbucks Strawberry: 210 Calories, 1.1g Fat, 30.8g of Sugar
What does Keri Gans, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association have to say about the Fruit Smoothies.
“These smoothies are very high in sugar and there are way too many calories to have as your beverage choice with a meal,” said Keri Gans, Registered Dietician in private practice in New York.
Enjoying a smoothie with your quarter-pounder meal is a no-no, but what about a smoothie as a meal on its own? Gans balked at this idea, too. “They have very little protein, which is important to keep a person satiated until their next meal.”
If you are looking for a “healthy replacement” to drinking soda pop with your meal don’t be fooled as the sugar content still very high. You are not going to find a healthy meal that provides all the nutritional needs of the body at any of these fast food restaurants. What you will find is high processed packaged foods, but keep in mind the key to all this is moderation. Just don’t over-consume these foods.
Did you know that an extra ten calories a day for a person who doesn’t exercise will add up to an extra pound of weight gain per year? Know that you can begin to understand how you gained weight all these years and never really noticed it.
Obesity is an Epidemic
Thirty-five percent of North Americans are now medically obese. Two-thirds of the population is overweight. Added sugars in our foods play a key role in the obesity epidemic.
When it comes to sugar in your diet it’s important to understand how the body reacts to it by increasing the insulin levels which the the Glycemic affect.
By lowering the glycemic affect the body will reduce the insulin levels following the digestion of your meals, and throughout the day. The longer you have insulin in your body, the faster you will age and develop conditions like obesity and other degenerative diseases.
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