The Fast Food Metamorphosis: Is it Real?
I’ve noticed that several fast food restaurants are touting the addition of menu items that
include fruits and vegetables, and even some grain fares, but that doesn’t mean those new items
are good for you. Yes, fresh fruits and veggies are filled with nutrients that protect the body and
even help the body heal. However, that doesn’t mean those restaurants are content to leave well
enough alone. If they’re recipes are deceptively filled with high amounts of fats and sugars,
you’re being sold an unhealthy bill of goods dressed up in plant- or grain-based suits.
I rarely eat any grain products, but as an example, McDonald’s breakfast oatmeal is
loaded with dried fruits, brown sugar, and an additional 32 grams of sugar in a 290-calorie
concoction. Wendy’s new line of salads includes the Baja Salad, which contains guacamole, pico
de gallo, and two types of cheese, strips of tortillas, lettuce, and a creamy red jalapeno dressing.
That’s fine, except for the chili and cheese . . . and the high sodium dressing. In its traditional
form, the Baja Salad contains 47 grams of fat and 740 calories. In fact, it’s best to avoid high-fat
cheese altogether (including in salads), croutons, bits of bacon, and all creamy dressings if you
want a truly plantarian diet that will lead you to optimal wellness.
Among fast-food restaurants moving in the right direction, there is still mega room for
improvement. All of us want better nutrition and healthier menu items, which includes high
nutrient, fresh fruits and vegetables—foods that are healthy, fresh, and taste good—and we are
the force behind the changes being made at even the most calorie-heavy and sodium-laden
establishments. No longer is fast food only about saving time or stopping on the way home from
work. All of us want foods that won’t clog our arteries or make us sick.
On that note, if you happen to dine at the local Blimpie’s, you will be disappointed to
find out that their Veggie Supreme sub sandwich isn’t so great for the body, especially the
waistline. It contains 1,080 calories and 55 g of fat wrapped in large portions of bread, not
enough vegetables, is high in sodium, and has little protein. It’s not the veggies that are the
problem; it’s all the other ingredients that will do harm to your diet and your body. Subway is at
least trying to cater to our wishes because they’re focused on low-carb solutions which allows
any menu sandwich to be made as a salad, complete with five cups of vegetables including
nutrient-rich spinach. This is a huge improvement, even for Subway.
One enterprise that’s slowly making a difference is Simply Salad which opened in
California in 2010. The company now has three locations and is working on opening more. If
your own salad from a host of plantarian and non-plantarian items (such as cheeses, meats, and
seafoods). The good news is that it’s up to consumers to decide whether they want to omit those
non-plantarian items that won’t help them achieve true wellness. If we stop adding them to our
salads, the company may stop offering them altogether. It’s just another example of personal
choice. Achieving real wellness is, after all, your decision.