Interesting article on why the current obesity/diabetes crisis is going global. This is happening all over the world – there’s a message here, right?
Let’s face it – fast food is here to stay. However, in order to change our food culture for the better, we need to include all of our food sources – the food industry and the restaurant industry. That is a big order, but Taco Bell is seemingly leading the pack. Kudos to them – you can still get your traditional Taco Bell food, but now there are more options if you’re looking for a more nutritious choice. Give them a try? Hope the trend continues?
If you believe the marketing of the newer fast casual restaurants like Panera Bread or Chipolte, you are eating healthier food than if you go to the traditional fast food places, aka McDonald’s, etc. A new study begs to differ at least with the calorie count.
Restaurant sales are on the downward trend. An alternative may be to try the new trend of ordering dinner via the Internet from companies like Blue Apron or Home Chef that deliver to you the fresh ingredients and you do the preparation. This approach offers convenience and saves you a lot of time. You control the calories and are spared the often dreaded trip to the supermarket where you spend so much on “stuff” you really may not need. You also are not tempted by the snack aisles or the endless display of junk foods and ultra-processed foods.
I personally have never tried these companies but will and blog about the experience soon.
Many people have long been concerned about food additives so many fast food resturant chains and food companies are removing many of them. Will they be missed – probably not!. Some additives are needed for quality and shelf life. Processed foods are loaded with them – look at the long ingredient lists some of which take up most of the space on the food label.
Our food culture is changing in America. At least, there are some promising signs. This is the only way that the standard American diet (SAD) will be changed. We are beginning to see the trend of using fresh ingredients in some upscale restaurants; even some fast food chains like Subway, Taco Bell and Panera Bread are making some attempts by removing artificial ingredients. McDonalds is looking at ways to change their menu to healthier fares. Chipotle and Whole Foods are avoiding GMO ingredients. There is also the trend against using antibiotics in chicken. It’s a first step in the right direction, in my opinion. It’s a fad that needs to continue. But don’t forget – the calories are still there. For the top trends for 2015: