Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Day 198- Nutrition Bite

Are fast food establishments really providing healthier options as advertised? For example let's evaluate Carol Bardelli's observation of Taco Bell's frescoe menu with the slogan "Less Fat, More Taste!" Does this menu have less fat than the regular menu items.

Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco - 170 calories, 4 fat grams, 21 carbohydrate grams, 12 protein grams

Regular Spicy Chicken Soft Taco - 170 calories, 6 fat grams, 20 carbohydrate grams, 10 protein grams

Two grams less fat! Those two menu items are virtually identical, nutrition-wise. The Fresco Ranchero Taco and other Fresco items have a few bits of tomatoes and lettuce sprinkled on top, while the regular items have shredded cheese. Don’t buy into the food industry marketing schemes like this Taco Bell Fresco fiasco!

Sugar Preacher's Experience

I agree with Carol Bardelli that we can easily get persuaded into marketing schemes such as the Taco Bell's Frescoe menu. Veggies and fruits are minimal at these fast food establishments with low quality such as iceberg lettuce. The buns or tortillas are usually made of refined carbohydrate, and not to mention the greasy cooking methods. The taste and quality is 10x better when prepared from your own kitchen. A hamburger bun at McDonald's sticks to the roof of my mouth, and I am hungry 10 minutes later. The low nutrient-dense foods consist of empty calories with no substance. Next time you want some empty calories, head to a fast food establishment. They will be more than happy to serve you!

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