From: John Hernried, M.D. & Maureen Allen, MPH
We were dismayed to read that fast food restaurants are turning to even higher fat and higher calorie options. The latest entry is Burger King’s BK Stackers, a hamburger bun with four slices of beef and cheese. And not a vegetable in sight. At 1000 calories and 68 grams of fat (30 of those saturated) it is fast food royalty. We expect this from the King. However, particularly troubling is that Subway, the healthy alternative, has also entered the high fat arena. Their double tuna sandwich contains 1580 calories and 110 grams of fat. This represents more than an entire day’s worth of calories and fat for many of our patients.
In light of a growing obesity epidemic, what are these companies thinking? The bottom line, of course, not their customers expanding bottoms. Sales figures show that the worse the nutrition, the better the sales. They’re just giving us what we want.
Is this ethical or conscionable? Absolutely not! To make things worse, Burger King is selling collectible figurines of the Stackers Union to market the BK Stacker to children as well as their parents.
At some point you want to throw your hands up. If you can’t beat ‘em you might as well join them. Here are a few of our suggestions for giving the people what they want in this era of “new-trition.”
Chocolate coated vitamins are a must. They’re hard to swallow so let’s make it fun! Try adding Skittles instead of carrots, tomatoes and onions when making a salad. Tacos will sell themselves when finally available in vanilla or chocolate. Hold the lettuce, please. Spaghetti is amenable to all kinds of toppings like caramel or coconut cream. The Italians really had no imagination with this one. Who needs meatballs when there are marshmallows?
Even a 32 ounce drink (serving size 4) won’t wash that down. Let’s double the sugar so each serving has about 25 teaspoons. Now that’s a soda and a time saver to boot. By ingesting the sugar and fat with the meal you don’t need to waste precious time on dessert.
And finally, goodbye food pyramid - hello food donut! All food is now equal. Remember, it’s just about what you want, not what your body needs.