Vegetarian Doctor’s Group Attacks McDonald’s

They’re at it again. Attacking poor Ronald McDonald and blaming him for the diseases of civilization. My position on these issues should be well-known to readers of this blog. Yes, fast-food is a problem, but only because of the choices that people make at the restaurants. It’s not the restaurants themselves per se. For example, if you order those burgers without the buns, fries and soda, you can indeed have a healthy meal there. The same is true for all fast-food locales. Yes, some of the foods have some bad ingredients in the food, but for the most part, if you limit or ignore the carbohydrates, you can do quite well at these places.

They have gone even farther this time by creating a 30-second commercial advertisement that is quite graphic — it shows a man lying on a gurney in a morgue — clutching a hamburger.The golden arches appear. “I was lovin’ it,” the ad says, a play on the latest McDonald’s slogan in its commercials.

“High cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks,” a narrator adds. “Tonight, make it vegetarian.”

The advertisement was produced by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. “McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food chain, serves a long list of high-fat, high-cholesterol items and offers almost no healthful choices,” the group said in a press release.

McDonald’s responded: “This commercial is outrageous, misleading and unfair to all consumers. McDonald’s trusts our customers to put such outlandish propaganda in perspective, and to make food and lifestyle choices that are right for them.”

I wholeheartedly agree with McDonald’s. It’s all about the choice and I would venture the same is true for inner city individuals such as myself, and children in schools. They have always had healthy choices for the most part, but people simply don’t make those choices because they are unaware of the consequences of the choices. They’re told that they can have these items “in moderation” but no one has ever defined what that actually means. They would argue, “you know it when you see it,” but that’s the thing about common sense. It really has to be “common” in order for it to be so named.

The fact is that the experts themselves have no idea how to prevent or cure chronic disease and their idea of “risk factors” are best guesses at best. So for them to jump up and down and blame all of this on fast food purveyors like McDonald’s is very misleading. They helped create this problem by coercing fast food companies to switch from the healthier beef tallow to vegetable oils and to switch from butter to margarines. Here they are 40 years later blaming them for their bad advice.

The National Restaurant Association, an industry trade group in Washington, said in a statement: “These types of misleading ads distort the reality that the nation’s restaurants are serving an increasing array of healthful menu choices by focusing on a single menu item.” The pro-vegetarian physicians group, it added, “promotes a limited view of good nutrition.”

I wholeheartedly agree!

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Posted on September 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm by Charles · Permalink
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