I remember back when Phil Donohue was still doing his daytime show, he had a lady soul-food chef on. When Phil pointed out whether you could cook the stuff without the high fat content, Grandma Chitlins shot back "Then it don't taste good."
I was reminded of that with this piece on McDonald's making more healthier offerings; the apple slices in Happy Meals were already at the McDonalds at the Orlando airport last month. Of course, it's cold comfort for the Health Nazis
Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, credited McDonald's with taking "some small steps in the right direction" Thursday but said they don't go nearly far enough.Then it don't taste good. Yes, we'd be better off substituting salads for fries and eating less red meat (mea culpa, mea culpa), but the occasional burger and fries will fit into a healthy diet. The trick is making it occasional. If McDonalds became a haven of low-fat healthy eating, the people who are looking for a good, juicy burger will head over to alternative burger joints.
"If McDonald's wanted to improve the public's health, in addition to providing the salads and bottled water, it could stop using partially hydrogenated oils in its fries, which contain trans fats and are a powerful promoter of heart disease," he said. "They also could lower the fat content of their burgers, use lowfat cheese, provide more baked food instead of fried food and lower the sodium content of their foods."
McDonalds is doing this in part to keep the Health Nazis off their backs and to legitimately appeal to folks who will want to tag along with the gang to Mickey-Dees but still eat healthy. They'll offer salads and low-carb substitutes for fries, but still offer a big, old-fashion gut grenade.