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July 16th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Fast food chains reduce fats

The oils used to cook those french fries, chicken nuggets, onion rings and other deep-fried goodies have become less bad for you  in recent years, according to research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Researchers analyzed nutritional data from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Jack in the Box and Dairy Queen’s french fries and found that three of the restaurant chains had decreased trans fat and saturated fats in their cooking oil.

McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's significantly decreased the fatty acid composition of french fries between during 1997 to 2008.  The three chains dropped trans fats in 2005, according to the data. Meanwhile, Jack in the Box and Dairy Queen didn't show decreases in trans fats during the time period studied, but their current nutritional information indicate lower trans and saturated fatty acid composition since 2008.

Researchers obtained the nutritional data from the fast food restaurants every year from 1997 to 2008 to look for general trends.  They did not analyze samples of the fries for their fat content; instead they relied on the information supplied by the fast food chains.
“The stakes are high for them if they’re not being truthful,” said lead author, Lisa Harnack, professor and director of the University of Minnesota Nutrition Coordinating Center.
Researchers also looked at saturated fats, because “they could’ve gotten rid of the trans fat and switched to saturated fats, which are animal oils,” she said. “We wanted to make sure they hadn’t done it that way.”

Trans fats (which have been banned in New York City and reduced in California) raise cholesterol levels, which increase risk of heart disease.
“What’s surprising is to see is some of the restaurants lowered the trans fats and saturated fats somewhat, so they did it right,” she said.
Trans fat is double trouble for your heart health

"This doesn’t give people a license to run out to fast foods and eat whatever they want at fast food restaurants, because of the high calorie items in the menu and high sodium foods," Harnack said.  "So people need to choose wisely at fast food restaurants.”
The study had no affiliation to the restaurant industry.


soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Augsbee

    Makes no difference how little you eat at Fast Food Chains or don't eat at them at all if you consume Alcohol (beer & wine also) smoke Cigarettes, do Pot and Pills you just defeated the purpose.

    July 16, 2010 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Retiredmathprofessor

      Someone just got a GREAT IDEA and just had to share it with all of us. Too bad your idea is not backed by any scientific evidence. Life is a crapshoot, and a guaranteed temporary one at that. Live a full life, party a bit. Believe me, your body will FORCE YOU to slow down when it becomes necessary. How many regrets do you want to have to deal with on your death bed? Good luck.

      July 16, 2010 at 12:43 | Report abuse |
    • FatSean

      That's a lie. I drink beer, smoke tobacco and lift very heavy weights three times a week. My bloodpressure is perfect, my heart rate is low, I have no gut at all. At 35 I can still wear 34" waist pants...just like I did in College.

      My anecdote beats yours!

      July 16, 2010 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
    • michael

      First of all, the study relies on the billion dollar corporations own data to show the fat content and health risks of their own food.
      Why weren't samples taken from several chains across the US and tested INDEPENDENT of those corporations whose biggest goal is not health but profit.

      Such tests cannot be compared to their chains in Europe because those governments have different regulations. Everything is healthier there because their governments care more about what their citizens put into their bodies. Yes, they smoke more but they also live significantly longer with less far fewer health problems than most Americans.

      July 16, 2010 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • Eve

      So I will smoke pot and drink a glass of wine every night for 10 years and you eat at McDonalds everyday and lets see who fares better. I bet you would drop dead before the time was up.

      July 16, 2010 at 14:24 | Report abuse |
    • JamieinMN

      @Retiredmathprofessor- Agreed :- D and well said! I wish more people would think like you and I.

      July 16, 2010 at 14:30 | Report abuse |
    • Allthestupids

      Retiredmathprofessor – thank you. Your careless attitude and ignorant bliss are exactly why this civilization SUFFERS from obesity, whether YOU yourself are or not.

      July 16, 2010 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      Eve, if he adds excercise to the equation he will be fine, you in the contrary will be a fat pig after all that drinking and an alchoholic...

      July 16, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Hey, retired math dude and groupie, you're wrong. Sure, enjoy life, but on a daily basis, exercise and watch what you eat so you can go party and not drive yourself to an early grave. You can still be driven there by someone else, but why would you want to contribute to it?

      July 16, 2010 at 15:07 | Report abuse |
    • guest

      I don't eat fast food, rarely drink, work out every day, don't smoke cigarettes, but smoke pot all the time. Does this mean I should just give up and eat fast food because I'm not your idea of a perfect human being? Go away.

      July 16, 2010 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
    • AngryGrammar

      Augsbee, why are random words capitalized in you post? The last time I looked, "fast food chains","cigarettes", "pot" and "pills" were not proper names.

      July 16, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Augsbee

      response to AngryGrammar: "capitalized in your post" not "capitalized in you post"

      July 16, 2010 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
    • AngryGrammar

      You didn't answer my question.

      July 16, 2010 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      your an idiot. keep your stupid comments to yourself.

      "Alcohol may encourage your body to burn extra calories for as long as 90 minutes after you down a glass. Beer seems to have a similar effect."

      "Wine helps prevent clots and reduce blood vessel inflammation, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline and heart disease, explains Tedd Goldfinger, DO, of the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Alcohol also seems to raise HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, which helps unclog your arteries."

      it goes on and on and on...http://eating.health.com/2008/02/11/6-reasons-to-drink-wine/

      ...and that is just for wine...medical marijauana can preserve lift and the comfort of it..and not all pills are bad for you, nor do people get addicted to all pills.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:08 | Report abuse |
    • Bull

      When your time is up , it's up.No matter what you do or think.Live well,be happy.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:12 | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      LOL @Eve, I think I love you 🙂 Yes, I agree. It's called moderation people, you can even eat to many greens.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:17 | Report abuse |
    • jinxgt

      Not that I agree entirely with Augsbee, but he has a point in that you can't simply replace one vice with another. It does defeat the purpose of trying to have a healthy lifestyle. And as physically fit as you seem to be, if you're smoking cigarettes or pot, sooner or later it will catch up to you as respiratory infections, emphysema, or lung cancer. And if you drink beer or wine, everything may seem fine now and you may be helping your heart but you are also killing your liver and pancreas at the same time. With that said, moderation of any of these vices are seemingly ok.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
    • all in the food

      its all in the food!! i have smoked pot everyday for 10 years(with a green card, far better than taking the pills prescribed for me) eat a healthy organic fruit and vegetable diet, CUT Processed foods excercise daily and now I am & look healthier than people well below half my age!!!! Oh and im not a vegetarian!! Do not be fooled by the Governments web! all these companies scratch each others backs!!

      July 16, 2010 at 16:36 | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Everything we consume has the potential to harm Even drinking too much water. I've spoke to the guy who exercised non stop and only ate the best natural foods. The guy that avoided all social situations that posed potential harm. That only rode bicycles and never used a cell phone and believed all the government had to say about marijuana. And in the end, he died too.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:40 | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      In response to Chris: The only wine proven to be good for the heart is red wine made from red grapes. The other kinds of wine (artificial coloring or white or made from the black grapes) do not do much for the heart. There is also a lot of research showing that alcohol does more damage than good including beer. Beer is empty calories and the beer gut is a real thing.

      I don't think we can trust any proclamations of benefit or harm without detailed long term study. Look at the fuss about Acai berry – it is actually less beneficial than blue berries or raspberries and costs more. Some idiot found they could sucker the gullible and so a craze starts.

      July 16, 2010 at 17:09 | Report abuse |
    • Augsbee

      There is no need to be rude. I have responded to you guys and listed some of the websites I have read but the moderator has not published it. Here's the list without the website addresses if any of you are interested in reading, especially women who increase the risk of breast cancer by 10% with 1 to 2 glasses of wine(5oz) per day. National Cancer Institute; American Cancer Society; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Dietary Guidelines for Americans; Alcoholic Summit; American Heart Association; Columbia University Medical Center in New York and Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. Wish the moderator would allow me to give you the location of the reports as they are very detailed, interesting to read.

      July 16, 2010 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
    • katiebaby0721

      "everything in moderation" is the key!!

      August 10, 2010 at 15:41 | Report abuse |
  2. Matt

    This is insane, they'd rather cut sugar and sodium in their products!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 13:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Eve

    Fast Food = a very unhealthy lower class = more taxes for the upper class

    July 16, 2010 at 14:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Spike

    We need nanny states more than we need restaurants putting the information out there and letting us make our own decisions....

    July 16, 2010 at 14:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Robert

    "This doesn’t give people a license to run out to fast foods and eat whatever they want at fast food restaurants, because of the high calorie items in the menu and high sodium foods," Harnack said. "So people need to choose wisely at fast food restaurants.” HEY LISA HARNACK, MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS AND STOP TELLING PEOPLE WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN'T EAT!! I'LL EAT WHAT I WANT!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 14:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eva

      Because of your attitude the US is the most obese nation in the world. A nation that is eating itself to death. Sorry, but people have to be protected from their own stupidity and food addiction, and from the greed of corporations advertising this poison until the weak can't resist.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:13 | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      No Eva, your have it dead wrong. Nobody has the right to tell anybody how to live. If someone wants to eat until they can no longer walk, then they should be able to. What they shouldn't get, is tax payer money to take care of them. If you eat until you can't walk, then they should just leave you to die in your bed. It's called self preservation, I have things in life I want to do, so I don't do other things to accomplish my goals. These obese fatties that stuff their face, they are not deserving of sypathy, or anything, they made their choice.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:20 | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Now a license is needed?!
      if you think I'm paying for a license to eat fast food, you'r crazy!

      July 16, 2010 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Robert, you and yours will die out and frankly not be missed. No one is telling you what to eat. You are only being informed what the consequences of your deliberate stupidity are. Stupid things like yelling on the internet.

      July 16, 2010 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
  6. KawiMan

    Fast food is poor body fuel. It may taste good, but the true return is like paying the interest rate on a loan from a loan shark.

    July 16, 2010 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jsaon

      And also, it doesn't taste good.

      July 16, 2010 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
    • BP

      Except that it does taste good, which is why so many people eat it.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
  7. Don

    may be bad for you, but it tastes good. If Americans would learn to regulate their intake, it wouldn't matter if there were a few extra grams of fat in your burger. Plenty of countries without an obscene obesity rate have the same or comparable fast food chains. They just stuff their faces with super sized value meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and then sit on their behinds all day.

    July 16, 2010 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. JC-VA

    I actually think if people excercise more often there were less problems around. You can eat a burguer once in awhile, excercise and you'll be ok. Now smoking is a killer, regardless how much you excercise.

    July 16, 2010 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Eric Pendejo

    Such a shame. Now all the health nuts out there have made fast food ( which should be an occasional treat ) taste like crap. Think about it. Anyone that used to eat fastfood and junk food in the 70's and 80's yum yum yum. Twinkies for example used to have a really good icing inside. Now they use some cheap filler that tastes like ass. Fat Donalds used to fry their apple pies and the fries were cooked in lard. now they just don't taste right. Whatever happened to individual responsibility??? I do not like my food to taste like garbage because other people cannot control their fat selves!

    July 16, 2010 at 14:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      Cancer, Diabetes, OVerweight, not exercising, playing video games. waste of oxygen.

      July 16, 2010 at 15:48 | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Agreed, but what is even worse is they then use our tax money to take care of these fat A s s once they get to big to even fit through their front door. Who cares, let them die, they made their choice, don't expect any sypathy from me. This rant does not apply to people with legit problems that make them fat.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
    • NaomiK

      It's not the health nuts that made your twinkies taste like crap. It was Hostess discovering that high fructose corn syrup was way cheaper than sugar that made your twinkies taste like crap. So now not only do they taste worse, they're actually worse for you.

      July 27, 2010 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
  10. GT66

    Well it was just a matter of time. They already cut nutrients, flavor and freshness. What else was left?

    July 16, 2010 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. larry wi

    I guess it's not p to me to personnaly decide any more what is good, and what is bad for me! Does it take the frigging government to tell me that I can't hold a lit fire cracker in my hand. If there is some dumb ass out there who wants to reek havoic with their health, then so be it!

    July 16, 2010 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kraznodar

      Most people are not very bright and actually expect the food they buy to be healthy and nutritious. They don't expect it to have toxic poisons in it. It is only the few who actually research the ingredients list that discover that Kellogg Smart Choice cereals have lethal poisons in them. Most people don't realize that food companies view them as less than animals.

      July 16, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • armando

      I agree with you. As long as they (fast food chains) tell you what's inside the food that could harm you. just like the tabacco company does.

      January 6, 2011 at 13:46 | Report abuse |
  12. laurab68

    Sorry fatsean, but if you're smoking, you're putting over 4000 chemicals into your body, including turpintine, and rat poison. Just because you have no blood pressure issues, or weight issues and your heart rate is low at the moment doesn't mean smoking won't get you in the end. It may or it may not, granted, but I would prefer to have the odds on my side.
    Kawiman, you couldn't have said it better.
    I find it's simple. As natural as possible is best. Foods which fuel your body, my body and anyone's body has bold bright colors. Has anyone else noticed that most fast food is beige in color. For the most, fast food is just high in simple carbs, sugar, artery laden fats and has almost no redeeming qualities. Foods which gives your body the energy it needs to keep going have complex carbs, high in vitamins, minerals, antioxydants, fibre etc etc etc. Most people who are overweight are not food deprived but they are nutritionally deprived which makes the body want more food simply because fast food does not have what the body needs to keep going strong.

    July 16, 2010 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Angie

    "less bad". That is awesome.

    July 16, 2010 at 15:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Dan

    I prefer healthy home cooking. To each his own.........

    July 16, 2010 at 15:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. BuyStock

    Liberator Medical Supply (LBMH) founded by CEO of Liberty Medical, has cut the fat in their management layer by hiring convicted drunk driver George Narr as their CIO. Stock collapses. SELL SELL SELL

    July 16, 2010 at 15:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. angryStudent

    they never talk about taco bell in these things... that's the one restaurant that has all the teenagers flocking to it... With menu items even cheaper than McD I would rather know if they'll kill me...

    July 16, 2010 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Granite101

      Those cheaper items often contain beans. Beans are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Taco Bell is doing something right, burger joints should take note.

      July 16, 2010 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yea, Taco bell is great. I got food poisoning at taco smell. All these fatties eating at fast food joints EVERY stinking night..lard asses. Then they turn around and take a pill to loose weight like being skinny means your healthy or something.

      July 16, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Joe, name calling is just plain stupid. Why would we believe you when you act like a liar? White Castle killed hundreds. I'm not aware of anyone dying from Taco Bell food. Could it be you are a racist and attack anything "Mexican"? I've seen plenty of that before.

      July 16, 2010 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
    • NaomiK

      Beans are healthy yes, but beans fried in lard and mixed with lard are not healthy and that's what Taco Bell sells. Beans & Lard in a white flour tortilla.

      July 27, 2010 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
  17. Granite101

    Occasionally I go to a fast food place. All the information you need to make intelligent decisions about what to put in your mouth can be obtained by asking for the nutritional information at the counter. They will give it to you. It also can be found on the paper on the tray, and also on the Internet. America's problem isn't with its food, it's with it's ability to think. When people see a burger they see something that is delicious and comforting and they know very well it is bad for them, but they put the 600 calories in their mouth anyway. We make choices to eat bad food, then we blame the "stress", "slow metabolism", "heavy frame", and whatever excuse is right for the moment. Everyone is fat. Everyone is at fault for this. People, look in the mirror, you are fat fat fat fat, and fat is ugly. Try making a different choice.

    July 16, 2010 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Lee

    Generally it is good they are reducing the calories and trans fats. Too bad they are not getting rid of the excess carbs which are primarily responsible for the obesity epidemic. Animal fats are not "poison" but unnatural highly processed vegetable oils can be.

    July 16, 2010 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Joe

    If I eat fast food and I crap it right out that isn't my kind of food. I haven't eaten anything from McDonald's in 5 years and I only eat at Arby's once a month or so. As for me tonight I am going to COOK some garliky shirmp.

    July 16, 2010 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • laurab68

      Hey Joe, what time is dinner? How about some lightly sauteed fresh green beans in olive oil with some onions which have been sauteed until they have carmelized as well as some diced garlic. Hey if you add some tomatoes with fresh basil and oregano, we could add it some fresh whole wheat pasta with a nice bottle of red wine and ooohhh ok now I'm hungry! See eating healthy doesn't take much and holy cow it tastes good!

      July 16, 2010 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
  20. Joe

    You know getting rid of transfats is a lie, don't you. They just renamed it something else and we just don't know what that is yet. MSG is still around HFCS is still around and all manner of additives are still here. If you people would at least attempt to cook.

    July 16, 2010 at 15:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Joe

    When was the last time you felt light and airy after eating a huge burger large fries and gallon of soda? NEVER..because your feeding your body crap.

    July 16, 2010 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kdc

      a gallon of soda? Who serves that?

      August 6, 2010 at 13:46 | Report abuse |
  22. Eric of Reseda

    And the nonsense continues...There is a fundamental difference between DIETARY FAT and BODY FAT and all this stuff is so much marketing, i.e., if you reduce dietary fat, you reduce body fat, hence, all "Fat Free!" or "Reduced Fat" labeling/marketing. And that simply is not necessarily the case. However, reduce CARB intake and GUARANTEED, BODY fat will be reduced. But the food companies exploit our ignorance, and the medical profession has lost the will and desire to educate the consumer. And, let's not forget the MASSIVE financial stake Big Pharma and Big Med have in a sick society, such as we have seen with Vytorin, Vioxx, Avandia, etc. CONSUMERS! EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 15:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brad

      Eric, that is the point right there. Everone wants someone to TELL them what is good and what is bad, they want it easy. They do not want to take the time, minutes, to look something up on the web, or ask the emplyee if they have the info. And most them, even if they had the info in front of their fat A s s e s would not care. I think this is a good thing, see, fat kills, and with the mojority of the world being obese, we have just solved our population problem. Also, who do you want o hike with, someone healthy? or someone fat, fatty fat. I prefer the fat dude, that way when the bear attacks, I will simply out run the fat guy, and I live to hike again. Also, if there is a natural tragedy, the fatties will be the first to go, maybe even feeding the survivors, eww.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
    • kdc

      You are very wrong! Complex carbs like those found in wheat products and vegitables are very good for you. Your body needs carbs for fuel, just not those bleached white processed carbs. It is ignorant to say all carbs are bad.

      August 6, 2010 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
  23. Joseph L Cooke

    Reduce fat and you reduce taste. Nothing tastes better than fries cooked in lard or Crisco.

    July 16, 2010 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • laurab68

      Sorry Joseph, but that feeling of a weight on your chest and that feeling that you can't breathe along with being gray and clammy and that numb feeling running down your left arm would be that heart attack you've been waiting for. I'll call the cardiologist and schedule that quadruple bypass.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:00 | Report abuse |
    • Eva

      Typical comment of someone addicted to fatty foods. Fatty foods don't objectively taste better, they are just addictive and once you are addicted nothing else tastes good anymore. Japanese people who grew up eating extremely lean foods initially don't like American foods at all, finding the ultra high fat content disgusting and sickening. Of course then they start eating burgers "to be cool", and they get addicted just like everyone else, and Asian nations that have NEVER have obesity problems develop them thanks to American cultural imperialism.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:16 | Report abuse |
    • LIghten Up

      You are so right Eva, all of the worlds problems can be blamed on America.

      July 16, 2010 at 16:32 | Report abuse |
  24. BS

    Stop parenting this country!! People should eat, smoke & drink what they want. I eat healthy but still like a greasy burger on occassion. I like to stay fit, so I work out, this is my choice. If you want to eat fast food everyday, that is your right! Just for God's sake, please wear a t-shirt at the beach.

    July 16, 2010 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kraznodar

      Roflcopters!

      July 16, 2010 at 17:20 | Report abuse |
  25. KawiMan

    I worked for Taco Bell when I was in high school in 1980. Back then, they used to get their pinto beans in burlap sacks. They had to be pressure cooked, mashed, and recooked. The cheddar cheese came in 25 lb. blocks, which I would grate. The lettuce came as fresh heads of iceberg lettuce, which I would shread. The onions came whole, which I would dice, The tomatoes came fresh, which I would dice. The hamburger came fresh, which I would cook.

    The ingredients were fresh, and the food was good. For the last 15 years, their food comes pre-packaged. It's not fresh. No one knows what's in those packages or how fresh it is.

    I quit eating at taco Bell about 15 years ago when the last 3 times I ate there, my stomach was on fire. I spoke to the managers at those Taco Bell resturants and found out about their pre-package garbage they are now putting in their food.

    I suspect many of the fast food places utilize that same pre-packaged food assembly routine. VERY SCARY!!!

    July 16, 2010 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. all in the food

    its all in the food!! i have smoked pot everyday for 10 years(with a green card, far better than taking the pills prescribed for me) eat a healthy organic fruit and vegetable diet, CUT Processed foods excercise daily and now I am & look healthier than people well below half my age!!!! Oh and im not a vegetarian!! Do not be fooled by the Governments web! all these companies scratch each others backs!!

    July 16, 2010 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • laurab68

      Ok all in the food, I think you may have killed off a few more brain cells than anticipated with all that pot smoking (which is also not doing very good things to your lungs and throat) because you've posted this twice!

      July 16, 2010 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
  27. Try It

    The heartattack grille, the name says it all, and it's good.

    July 16, 2010 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Augsbee

    There is no need to be rude. I have responded to you guys and listed some of the websites I have read but the moderator has not published it. Here's the list without the website addresses if any of you are interested in reading, especially women who increase the risk of breast cancer by 10% with 1 to 2 glass of wine(5oz) per day. National Cancer Institute; American Cancer Society; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Dietary Guidelines for Americans; Alcoholic Summit; American Heart Association; Columbia University Medical Center in New York and Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.

    July 16, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Esther

    Makes no difference- the preservatives, flavorings, and 10 million forms of GMO they use in their food still makes it poison 🙂

    July 16, 2010 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. dan

    What the heck? Eat, drink and be plump! We're all gonna be sucked up into a great big vacuum cleaner come November 2012 anyway... I can hear them now... Hmmm... Good... Taste like chicken (nuggets)...

    July 16, 2010 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. aaaaaaaa

    To make fast food healthy they would have to dump every processed item on their menu and grow a garden in the back of each 'restaurant' or at least buy their ingredients from local farms. Considering I can cook a better meal a lot faster than it takes me to drive to the drive through, get my food and take it home, I don't see any reason why anyone would buy fast food. It isn't convenient, and it looks and tastes nasty. Not to mention it's probably the number one cause for Americans having so much diarrhea and colon cancer. Oh, and heart disease, asthma, and obesity. I honestly don't care what fast food chains do. I don't eat that garbage, but you're all welcome to eat it. What's ironic is that most Americans wouldn't touch the 'food' if it weren't made to look like hamburgers and 'chicken' sandwiches. I could easily grind up a dog skeleton in the shape of a chicken nugget and there wouldn't be a single fast food eating American that wouldn't love it.

    July 16, 2010 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Mike

    Fat does NOT make people fat!!! Carbs make people fat, plain and simple. Everything that is green on the planet is made up of sugar. Grass is sugar and every other plant material as well. To humans it is consider fiber and is not treated as a carb. Why do cows get fat? Simple, they eat Carbs and can digest it. When you consume to many carbs (high fructose corn syrup & sugar especially) then your blood sugar goes up. The pancreas creates insulin to deal with the sugar and turns it into Fat. One of the by-products of this process is Triglycerides (Fat) which is the sticky stuff that clogs arteries along with bad cholesterol. I am sure there are several people who will disagree with my statement. Unless you have 9 years of medical school under you belt then i suggest a bit of research on your end, hehe.

    July 16, 2010 at 17:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • NaomiK

      Have you actually ever seen a cow in person? Grass fed cows aren't fat. They are large animals but they aren't fat. Race horses eat grass and hay. They aren't fat. You're the one that needs to do the research but you'll probably die of a heart attack before you get around to it. Enjoy your bacon but don't expect me to pay for your angioplasty.

      July 27, 2010 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
  33. Bev

    One of the worst things that has happened to American health is the value meal. If people ordered just the sandwich & a glass of water without the fatty fries and the sugar-filled pop, not only would they be thinner and healthier, but would save a lot of money.

    July 17, 2010 at 19:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Amy

    That fry grease will remove emulsified roofing tar.

    July 17, 2010 at 23:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Mona Ismael

    That’s awesome. Almost inspires me to get off my plain and get moving too.

    October 24, 2010 at 08:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Vaughn

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