Fast Food Nutrition (or lack there of)

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Fast Food Nutrition has replaced the wholesome nutrition once served at home.

The drive thru has become a regular staple and is unfortunately replacing the dinner table. 

Many fast food meals contain a level of calories designated for the entire day. Worse still they also contain an equivalent of sodium and fats for the whole day or worse the week in one serving.

Just look at the calorie content of some of the "name" burgers. 650+ calories for just the burger!! Then top that off with a side of fries and a soda.

Now child obesity is not the responsibility of the fast food establishments but it certainly is a very visible result of frequenting these places.

Back in 2002, two teenage girls tried to sue McDonald's for making them fat. They claimed that the Bronx area locations they ate at did not publicly display any nutrition information about the food. In a signed affidavit, one of the girls fathers cited that he thought McDonald's food was healthy for her. The judge kindly pointed out that McDonald's did not force them to eat there for breakfast lunch and dinner (as he dismissed the case).

The media reported that one of the girls only ate there as much as 4 times a week. Couple that with a sedentary life style and you might as well throw some lighter fluid on the fire.

Helping our children learn about healthy eating is our responsibility, after that it will be our kids' choice to eat responsibly. If we leave it to the mass media to "educate" or "enlighten" them then what would be the need for a grocery store.

Do you know how Fast Food Nutrition compares to a normal days nutrition guidance?

We as parents must also not give in to request to stop in for the latestToy Surprise. The toy may be "free" with the meal but how much is it going to cost for medications related to diabetes or heart disease.

Not eating at these fast food places would be a critical first step to eating better. Reality shows that when we're on the run, the drive thru provides our (fast food) nutrition. I can not exclude myself from the rank and file here.

Just check out your favorite fast food restaurants web site and you'll be able to view their nutrition information. That is if you belief that a meal that provides up to 1700 calories with 400 calories from fat with 2200 mg of sodium nutritious.

Here's a list of some of "our" favorites that provide their Fast Food Nutrition information in no particular order:

  • McDonald's
  • Burger King
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Del Taco
  • Taco Bell
  • Popeye's Chicken
  • Arby's
  • Sonic Drive-in
  • Jack-in-the-Box
  • Church's
  • Hardees
  • Wienerschnitzel

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