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Sunday, November 09, 2008

McDonald's Promotes Nutrition?????

Wow! I couldn't believe it. Did you get the tiny 3 page flyer from McDonald's touting it's fine foods in this week's Sunday newspaper?

Now I love a good salty, microwaved, chemicalized cheeseburger every once in a while, but, honestly, do people believe the advertisements?

There are three sections to this flyer. The first section highlights the meat they serve. I give the grilled chicken good marks, but I wonder how many chemicals it was treated with to make it juicy and long lasting. (If someone knows for sure, let me know.) There is very little at McDonald's that is not deep fried, fried, or microwaved which take away any healthy properties of meat. The best protein source is an egg and you can order scrambled eggs at McDonald's.

McDonald's also brags about the dairy. They can't do any more harm to a carton of milk. It is already pasteurized (Click Here if you don't already know about the problems with pasteurized milk More here, too). Read any ingredient label to find out what is in sliced American cheese. Yogurt can be considered a health food if it didn't have such a high sugar content. And since when is ice-milk good for you? It is a dessert after all.

And don't forget McDonald's wonderful inclusion of fruits and vegetables. The salads are tasty, but be warned. If you are trying to reduce your soy intake read the label on the dressing. Deep fried french fries do not resemble a potato. Just look at the calorie content of a small order of french fries: 210 and large: 540. Can you eat only a few fries and stop? I can't. I admit it. Frying in vegetable oil is not a natural process. Read about it here. There are tomatoes on some hamburgers but it cannot be considered a significant portion to meet your "strive for five" quota. The fruit in the pies and yogurt are once again loaded down in sugar.

I am glad to see the ad didn't try to convince us of the nutritional value of buns or English muffins.

If you are looking for healthy choices, the information is out there. Be aware of the calories and sugar content before you take a bite. And also remember this: the last time you ate at a fast food restaurant, how did you feel? And how long did it take to feel back to normal again?

If you want fast food, realize it is not all that fast. With all the driving and waiting in line you could make something better at home. If you really want to take it easy on your pocket, stop at the grocery store and buy an apple to satiate your appetite until you get home. Food at home can be fast. How long does it really take to build yourself a great salad?

Nothing takes the place of authentic food.

For authentic health, live cleanly. Keep your digestive tract clean and as always, keep your spine clean---meaning keep it clear of mechanical dysfunction that slow down the nervous system.

You get to choose.

See you at the table...the adjusting table.

---Dr. Lisa
Your Health Freedom Coach

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