As I read the article about the addition of nutrition information on McDonald’s menu, I couldn’t help but think it’s useless. McDonalds is known for its great tasting food and easy convenience. With the implementation of nutritional charts at fast food restaurants, people are thought to choose healthier options. The logicality of the new enactment does not seem to be thought out correctly.
When people go to a fast food restaurant, like McDonalds, they don’t typically think, “I wonder what would be the healthiest option for me..” rather, they think, “I am so excited to get my hands on a juicy burger and fries!”
While the health conscious people, like myself, will greatly appreciate the nutritional information, it is different for the “regulars” or more overweight individuals. The difference is the people who will change their options are the people who want to lose weight and have no other restaurant to go to. If people wanted to lose weight and become healthier, they would not go to McDonalds in the first place.
Additionally, People will not change their mind at the drive through because it is inconvenient to look over the different numbers restaurant is going to provide. A fast food restaurant is supposed to be convenient, looking over a ton of different numbers will take a large amount of time and the customers who already know what they want won’t even bother to glance at the calorie counts.
Besides the fact that people will not look at the nutrition information, the people who need to change their diet do not have knowledge of what the nutritional information even means. It’s one of the reasons the nation is so obese, we lack the knowledge of how to understand what nutritional labels even mean. Most people just look at the calories, but there is much more than the amount of calories in a product. Sometimes a high calorie menu item has great protein and beneficial fiber for the human diet.
However, I am excited to see that they are starting to add healthy options to the menu. They even have a new regulation of putting in apple slices for all kids’ meals while reducing the fries in half! This addition is great because kids love fruit, but don’t think about the different options that are available, especially at a fast food restaurant. Although there are healthy selections on the menu, I think the best course of action would be to get rid of the unhealthy alternatives, so there would not be a risk for to sabotage a meal.
Furthermore, seeing the idea is to reduce and prevent obesity, America needs to redo the whole concept of fast food. Fast food restaurant ingredients are unhealthy and loaded with chemicals. If fast food restaurants, like McDonalds, were to design a whole new menu created with natural and healthy ingredients, obesity would truly decrease. I think this idea would be able to positively influence the American diet if the fast food industry changed their process of preparing their food.
Care to see the chart now? Go here: nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/nutritionfacts.pdf