Fast food chains offering healthier options
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
- Duration 5:42
- Date Aug 19, 2012
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Are you already health conscious in counting your calories -- you think you should avoid fast food restaurants.
Don't worry about it doesn't have to be the case is more more fast food chains are now offering healthier choices including.
McDonald's here's the company's nutritionist.
We have committed to reducing sodium by 15%.
Across our national menu food choices -- 12015.
As well were also taking steps like 20/20.
To reduce the number of calories saturated fat and added sugars.
Is -- the place to take you or your children doctor -- what do you think.
Well contributes in the good for that I interviewed sheriff Dan who's their head chef and was over in the Olympics you know -- -- -- the restaurants were.
McDonald's restaurants and they're making the point that they're introducing healthier choices to the menu they're not the only one Burger King is doing it to Burger King has a veggie burger.
McDonald's has more salads they've introduced oatmeal now in the morning so you can drive up to the window will say how about some oatmeal for breakfast.
But of course they give -- the brown sugar two.
And there's a big downside to this because there's also the question about whether there waving a magic wand over something when there's really a serious problem with fast food with facts -- sugars and with salt still.
I like where they're going I think it's a step in the right direction but I also interviewed Mimi Roth.
Who is president of national activity and national action group against obesity and she has some serious concerns.
People -- it's not good for them they're just pretending they're just in denial every one at this point who can read.
Knows it fried food or extra sugar is -- good for them.
So when you buy -- that isn't just old male and -- has maple and brown sugar and all that added to it you know it's not good for you.
In a -- -- was saying though that that's personal responsibility to go to -- you know you're doing you know you're supposed to keep your portion size down at least now there are offering salad so that's really the take.
Can -- be honest with you both are Smart and also I I was a Burger -- girl for two years and I had a choice of making a big salad out of -- whopper you know.
Thing the trailer promised condiments.
Or I can eat a fried fish Delaney in Fries and onion rings and you know I went for the fattening stuff and I bet most people don't walk into McDonald's saying -- oatmeal.
That's how should be used this is this practical.
Well I don't buy this I mean I think I called his interviews are great but I don't think it's a bit a lot of marketing behind this and they're spending billions of dollars.
On same old mile an apple and all the stuff and this has nothing to do and McDonald's -- all guilty.
-- happened to -- -- -- over forty million people all over the world and this is going global.
Look -- 2015.
Not good enough two thousand twenties is we're talking about obesity that's a real epidemic and this is going also.
To our children they have playgrounds -- have toys you know I took my son there once and I think it's you know where is McDonald's so this is.
There's also -- science of addiction.
We do is food that's not being mentioned many had you know the more you get it your brain and -- wants it more now.
Calories is one thing this menu 400 or 300 calories.
It's not that important what's important is what she says about the sugar you get these super sized portion that has tons of sugar it.
You have trans fat.
French Fries and McDonald is great okay -- like it but when the French front comes from that frightful.
-- you still much salt they -- doesn't fit so -- all of this.
Forcing control though share the Fries and -- wonderful personal I'm sorry mark -- personal responsibility.
Is so good and we should be responsible for that.
But it's so hard to get away from this because everywhere you go you see it and you're right nobody is gonna walk in and say here's a double cheeseburger and this is -- old -- Can have the all -- apple -- -- war.
There is making a great point of their want to reiterate the word addiction.
I think fast food is addicting I think the flavors are about -- they know that very well that's why they're doing it.
But McDonald's as a business and McDonald's is gonna respond to what people are telling them to do you you can't you know say to McDonald's don't serve food that's -- -- -- -- -- they're gonna respond it's a free country and their big business.
What's really good to see here isn't what McDonald's doing it's that if they're offering healthier choices like a veggie burger orbit Burger King -- offering a veggie burger.
It's -- people out there -- buying it.
Addiction exercises also -- losing weight is also -- once you start losing weight you can't stop.
So I don't think we can stop McDonald's and an -- and David's right about the fund to 400 calories in the sense that's a joke.
It -- your diabetic by the focusing you really wanna see that but you know they've under 400 calories menu has a lot of unhealthy food.
I would like to just add to this you make an excellent point to maybe we can help the obesity crisis in this country if we do -- fast food.
By going in and ordering some of these maybe not every time we go but a few times so that we can encourage them to put more of these on the menu.
If not for us for our -- This is a cultural issue this has nothing to do this size -- super -- is one thing well when we grew up.
Being in the kitchen hanging over their family seeing mom cooking the fresh food is a way to go through everybody's looking for an easy way out it's easier to just drive through get your -- and go home.
And that has become a major culture issues and I think we should take this responsible for it.
And doctor's role is to really see patients in the in the offices say stop taking this for -- talk about what they're not gonna let out a way.
You're taking a sugar out of your ice box and get the ice -- out you take the soda out you make and then there's nothing left are people who knew they had ahead of -- of the revenue of the McDonald's had a head chef and -- -- And -- -- cook then Kudrow Kudrow -- -- -- was -- -- chef at the four seasons there's the first shot was -- right I.