A friend pointed this out to me the other day…
McDonald’s website has some pretty interesting (and predictable) frequently asked questions and answers.
Here’s my favorite:
Frequently Asked Questions About McDonald’s USA Food & Nutrition
Q: Can McDonald’s food be part of a healthy, balanced diet?
A: Yes. Many nutrition professionals agree that McDonald’s food can be part of a healthy eating style based on the sound nutrition principles of balance, variety and moderation. One key to a healthy diet is to moderate, not eliminate, favorite foods because eliminating foods is rarely successful long term. In fact, the American Dietetic Association says all foods can fit into a healthy diet and what’s most important is eating a balanced diet over time, rather than focusing on any one food or meal.
McDonald’s varied menu and range of serving sizes make it easy to fit our food into a balanced diet and to create a range of meal combinations that fall within recommended guidelines for calories, fat and other nutrients.
McDonald’s would no sooner consult “nutrition professionals” (whatever the hell that means) than they would hire professional writers to answer questions like this in such a vague and McDonald’s-centric point of view. OF COURSE the answer is yes. Was there any doubt?
OF COURSE they wouldn’t condone eliminating anything from ones diet. Why would they? If anyone were to do such a thing, I wouldn’t be surprised if fast food was the first thing to go! As I’ve said before, anyone who argues that moderation is a better choice than elimination of something that many would agree is not the best choice is only doing so because they can’t let go of their cravings.
As for the menu selections mentioned that fit into a balanced diet, take a look at their meal suggestions that:
…many nutrition professionals agree can be part of a healthy diet based on the sound nutrition principles of balance, variety and moderation.
Notice that most of the meal suggestions feature either a small juice, milk, or diet soda as the beverage. Also, you won’t find a quarter pounder on there anywhere… or a big mac, or a bacon cheeseburger (the items in which they spend most of their advertising on). Fries are mentioned once, as a small size, with the following asterisk:
*To reduce sodium, French fries may be ordered without added salt
I would love to hear of someone trying that while in the drive-through.