When you are on the go it isn’t always easy to keep true to your diet. It’s all too easy to smell a Subway or a McDonald’s when you have been on you have been on your feet all day and venture in. If you are trying to stay healthy and you have to eat on the move, it would be easy to assume that heading to an actual restaurant must be healthier than a McDonald’s. To throw more fat on the fire, doctors hit out at McDonald’s being allowed to sponsor the Olympics last week, claiming that it sent out the wrong message (I would like to point out here that in this video, all the overweight people are eating fish and chip shop food and not McDonald’s). What they seem to have failed to notice is that they have got it all wrong.
There are only a handful of food chains I know of in the UK that list all of their products with calorie content. They are McDonald’s, Subway, most KFCs and Starbucks. When I meet with friends or family to eat out for lunch, I always chose from one of these places because I know exactly what is going in my mouth calorie–wise, which means I can correctly calculate my weightwatcher points without having to guestimate. How many restaurants or pubs do this? Apart from the occasional pub food chain which has an ‘under 600’ range, there aren’t many. I may not be aware of other chains that do this, but the point is that the fast food chains are the ones making a real effort to get this country more calorie-conscious.
There are 720 calories in a normal portion of spaghetti Bolognese. There are 365 calories in a grilled chicken salad wrap. Instead of slating the giant yellow M for being a fatty food chain, why don’t we focus on asking why fish and chip shops aren’t listing their calories? Why don’t we ask why our deeply loved pie bakers Greggs aren’t being upfront? McDonald’s is not a health spa. It will never be the healthiest place on earth to eat. Yes, there are some very fatty foods available to eat at McDonald’s, but there are also healthier options like the wraps and the salads. At least they are trying, and they lay all their carbs on the table.