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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.

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.

What do you think? I want to hear your opinion.

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Obesity is an epidemic!

We’ve all seen the statistics about the global obesity situation. The alarm bells have been sounded and we are told this global epidemic is going to get worse before it ever gets better.

Lets take a look at the situation and facts

According to World Health Organization (WHO) there are approximately 1.6 billion overweight or obese people in the world; as compared to a total population of 6.8 billion globally. The WHO has projected that by 2015, almost 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese.

The latest statistics in the USA show that Obesity rates have reached epidemic levels with 58 million being overweight; 40 million considered obese; and 3 million morbidly obese. This means that eight out of ten people over the age of 25 are overweight.

It is also estimated that in the USA alone more than $30 billion a year is spent on weight loss products and diet programs, with one in three adults reportedly trying to trim pounds. But despite all this effort the statistics is indicating that the obesity numbers continue to rise.

What about all these diet programs?

There are an overwhelming number of diet programs, meal replacements and dietary weight loss supplements on the market today. The common theme that you will find among most of them is that they will get you to eliminate something from your diet; and it’s easy to see that each of them is conflicting from the next.

With people eating less, it may come as no surprise that they we are also missing out on vitamins and minerals; including amino acids, enzymes and other nutrients.

Healthy food is the best way to get enough of these important nutrients,” Dr. Michael Dansinger of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and adviser for the television series “The Biggest Loser”

What we need to do is eat a well balance diet that provides all the nutritional needs of the body. By eliminating and avoiding any one of these nutritional needs you may lose weight but at the risk of putting your health in great danger.

Is our health really at risk?

To further compound the problem researchers point to obesity and overweight as posing a major risk for chronic diseases; including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. In the US alone there is a 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30 to 40 years old since 1990.

What are we doing to our children?

The latest research is now telling us that our obesity epidemic has now spilling over to the younger generation. We are seeing an increase in obesity and cardiovascular problems among the youth.

Are things going to get better?

It is with no doubt that there is a greater awareness today among the general global population as to the obesity problem. With the media coverage and television shows it is believed by some that we will, as a whole, continue to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes. As a result, the world will overcome obesity and reverse these related disease conditions.

Let me ask you a few questions to think about…

  1. Is media awareness, education and television programming enough to get people to change there ways and reverse the situation?
  2. Will people really make the needed dietary change?
  3. Will the population as a whole stop eating in these fast food restaurants, remove the high sugar content from their diets, and other fatty food that are consumed on a daily basis?
  4. What is the global population going to look like in the years to come?
  5. Will the WHO prediction of 2.5 billion adults be correct, by 2015? Will you be one of them if you are not already?

Is EVERYONE going to make a global and universal change?

Will we change our dietary habits 100% towards foods that are high in all the nutritional needs of the body, foods that are rich in live enzymes and other nutrients; and have no chemical sugar, salts and fats?

Will our lifestyles consist of enough exercise and lifestyle dietary habits that we will eradicate the world of obesity? Or, are we just putting our head in the sand and wait until 2015 to see how things look (if you life that long…)?

“I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open.” ~ Dean Ornish, M.D.

What do you think? Have YOU changed? Are YOU going to change? I want to hear your opinion.

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With all the recent focus and media publicity on the alarming statistics of obesity throughout North America, and around the world, we tend to forget that percentage population who cannot gain weight.

I was recently asked by a friend how she can gain weight. What an important question, so I decided to post this for those who are in the same situation.

In order to really provide specifics and action steps for healthy weight gain, it is important to learn more about a persons individual dietary lifestyle and overall state of health. What (if any) health issues a person is having are signs of nutritional and hereditary deficiencies.

Everybody is different and everyone has specific nutritional needs…that is why the majority of people are prone to gaining weight, were a smaller number actually cannot.

First, you need to think about what you are eating and how you’re feeding yourself through the sources of foods in your diet. The key ingredient is the sources of protein in your diet and digestion of that protein; as you are trying to build muscle mass; NOT fat.

Undigested protein in your body actually leads to other health problems starting with intestinal toxemia; which then leads to inflammation throughout the body and a host of other health concerns.

Just about everyone knows that muscles are made of protein. Every single cell in the body has some protein. Protein makes up 50% of the dry weight of the body. Protein is made up of 8 essential amino acids and 12 non-essential amino acids. Are you getting all these? That is a question you need to consider. I can assure you with almost certainty that you are NOT getting all amino acids in your diet.

There are some things you can do and consider to change or enhance your dietary intake to make sure you are getting everything you need. I would recommend a few supplements to add that enhance your dietary foundation. From there, once you are feeding and fueling your body it will react with weight gain, and bring you to an overall healthier state.

I hope you find this interesting and helpful to get you started.

If you want to learn more or discuss your dietary lifestyle and how to enhance your health and gain weight e-mail or call me. Contact me today!

Doug Collins
Riverview, New Brunswick
doug_collins@rogers.com

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