Thursday, May 7, 2009

Healthy Eating and Fast Food

I heard an advertisement on my way to work this morning for McDonalds that was quite puzzling. They were pushing their new (or not so new) egg and cheese sandwich, and the slogan was something along the lines of "breakfast, do it right". So what exactly are they saying?

Obviously they are trying to get you to choose their incredibly unhealthy way to start a morning over the hundreds of other unhealthy breakfast choices available for the busy on-the-go person, but a quick analysis of this slogan, using some common knowledge of a healthy diet, and I can't help but think that it's interpretation would have quite the opposite effect. Fast food is not and will never be a healthy meal choice, especially when it comes to the most important meal of the day. It's not that an egg or cheese or even bread (although it should never be white bread and never for breakfast) is so unhealthy, but rather the egg and cheese that they provide (which does not come from organic free grazed antibiotic/hormone free farm animals) and the methods in which they cook them.

This sandwich which I'm sure is high in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and unhealthy refined flower lacks any real substantial nutritional value. Your mornings should begin with fruit, nuts, whole grains, fish, or eggs & cheese from an organic free grazed animal, especially if a healthy diet is important to you.

So do breakfast like the slogan says "do it right", and DON'T go to a fast food restaurant. Eat healthy and feel the difference!

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