What are you feeding your kids?

The government continuously adds new regulations on what restaurants are allowed to cook. We as chefs aren’t allowed to cook with trans-fats. We have restrictions on serving  foie gras, a specialty in other countries. Why? Do you think these are the things that are making society unhealthy or our kids obese? The government should try to focus regulations on things that matter.

Have you ever stop to think, how can McDonald’s can serve chicken nuggets so cheap? It’s chicken, isn’t it? Well, yes it is chicken and according to David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding, from Men’s Health, it also has 27 other ingredients. David and Matt’s research has shown that “The “meat” in the McNugget alone contains seven ingredients, some of which are made up of yet more ingredients. (Nope, it’s not just chicken. It’s also such non-chicken-related stuff as water, wheat starch, dextrose, safflower oil, and sodium phosphates.) The “meat” also contains something called “autolyzed yeast extract.” Then add another 20 ingredients that make up the breading, and you have the industrial chemical—we mean, fast-food meal—called the McNugget. Still, McDonald’s is practically all-natural compared to Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets, with 30 ingredients, and Burger King Chicken Fries, with a whopping 35 ingredients.” Wow… Would you like to get a milkshake with that? Wendy’s Frosty only has 14 ingredients, mostly a barrage of thickening agents that includes guar gum, cellulose gum, and carrageenan.

At least some companies are trying to move in the right direction. A Princeton study gives high fructose corn syrup the scientific bombshell they’ve been looking for. The study shows actual evidence that eating lots of high fructose corn syrup is going to make you fatter and unhealthier than simply eating lots of sugar. The university reports that rats that ate high fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those that ate table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. As a result PepsiCo is removing the high fructose corn syrup in Gatorade. Just like Con Agra is taking it out of Hunt’s Ketchup. Kraft is banishing high fructose corn syrup from Wheat Thins, and you will no longer find it in Snapple drinks. This is a start. As a suggestion to parents, make fast foods and franchises something you do every so often not everyday.

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