|the best sign ever
||[Aug. 30th, 2006|06:14 am]
A little lucidity would not go amiss
Truly, I do not want to fall into an elitist-thinking trap, wherein I contend that hard-working, short-on-cash people should ALWAYS buy brown rice and tofu in bulk in order to Fight The Power and also not die young, but every time I go past a McDonald's or a Church's or a Taco Bell and see masses, MASSES, of customers slamming down inert, perfumed foodlike substances created in laboratories across this great nation of ours, my heart dies a little.|
2006-08-30 01:29 pm (UTC)
Don't hate McDonald's...
The main attraction of McDonald's is consistency. You know exactly what you're going to get when you walk in. This appeals greatly to people who don't have resilient taste buds - like toddlers, and toddler-like people.
But I've discovered that I can get actual food there, too. There's a fruit, yogurt & granola cup that's edible. There's a nut and grape salad that's pretty good. My little kids love the apple dippers, i.e., pre-washed and sliced granny smith apples. I can be quite happy with their too-salty, rubbery chicken-breast salads because the mixed greens are of decent quality and quantity.
I try to get the kids to avoid the hamburgers (and by all means the "cheese"burgers) based on fears of food safety plus pillaged rain forests, but we can get a small bag of fries and happily split it three or four ways. Meanwhile, the kids still like chicken nuggets enough to eat them, and they love the size and shape of their milk containers. (They don't get soda or shakes there... my kids think it's normal to drink milk or water at fast food restaurants. Yes!)
We can refuel on the road quickly and relatively stress-free. I don't hate McDonalds.
I know, they're the worst. I can't tell you how angry I am at my pregnant body because it has BETRAYED me I tell you, in the worst way with consistent cravings for McDonalds. Seriously. I haven't eaten there since, oh, 1994 when I was in high school and now I'm going like once a week.
It's not even real food. Okay, so their mandarin chicken salad is decent, and their burgers claim to be 100% beef (as in, they don't add chicken feet I guess because there's no way that patty contains nothing more than beef) and TECHNICALLY you could go in there and order a healthy meal but who does that? Who goes to McDonalds for the salads?
The worst, to me, is that their fries are so loaded with trans fats that according to a recent article I read you may as well erase the last 3 years of healthy eating if you even have one because the introduction of even one serving of trans fats into your diet immediately begins to impact your arteries...Damn those things are tasty though.
Evil. Pure evil.
2006-08-31 12:53 pm (UTC)
I love the sign...
The more I have changed my diet, the harder I find it to eat out. In becoming a health nut, it seems I have become a culinary rebel. What is depressing is how many years I ate there and in places of similar ilk feeling like I was enjoying the ... "stuff" being served. (Long after McDonald's employees stopped being polite or even acting like they cared. It's hard to imagine, but the chain was originally built on the seemingly dead concept of service.)
A lot fast food succeeds simply because it is cheap and convient. I am always a bit apalled at how inconvient and expensive it is to eat heathly (relatively speaking)
I've always been vaguely creeped out by that whole "100% beef" thing.. there are plenty of things on a cow I have no intention of eating. I mean, surely there are other things to advertise than "made completely out of cow". Of course, this is the same industry that also gave us potted meat and vienna sausages, and I haven't been able to stomach that stuff since I could read.
Now for the next question- if it becomes economically feasible to sell "beef" grown in a lab, would you eat it? Assuming, of course, that it doesn't make you grow an extra toe or something. I'm torn on this. On the one hand, nothing really had to die, but... it... didn't really.. Live, either. Oddly, it's almost a spiritual question. Almost.
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