Being Good Just Got Even Harder

by DavalosMcCormack on August 15, 2008

Most of us don’t really pay a lot of attention to what we are eating. We tend to put lump foods together in general categories, such as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘healthy’, ‘unhealthy’ and not give it much more thought. So coleslaw for instance would be ‘good’ or even ‘healthy’ because it’s raw vegetables right?

Wrong! A study by the folks at the Food Commission in the U.K. found that a large coleslaw at KFC contains more fat than several chicken dishes or the french fries. A quick look at the Fastfood.com site shows the situation ain’t any better in this country.

The Food Commission investigators also found that a “Veggie Patty Sub” at Subway had more calories than similar sized tuna subs, turkey, ham or bacon, or even the sub with steak and cheese.

Even if you eat a salad at McDonalds you might be getting a lot more than you bargained for. Now, granted, they do at least offer some low fat dressing options, but most people seem to think that if they’re eating salad already that’s healthy enough, so how bad can the dressing be? Bad. I mean, really bad.

The Creamy Caesar has 18 grams of fat. That’s the same as an entire Quarter Pounder. And the Ranch dressing has 15g of fat, that’s more than a small order of French fries. Health food it is most certainly not.

Now, anyone who goes into a fast food restaurant probably knows they are not getting the healthiest of foods, but this English study shows that even when you try to make educated choices, you may still end up getting way more fat and calories and sodium in one meal than is good for you.

The Food Commission decided to see if it was just the unsuspecting public who were getting caught out. So they put their findings into a series of multiple choice questions for 66 nutrition experts at the European Congress on Obesity. The questions listed various foods and asked the experts to say which had more calories or fat.

Out of five questions asked, none of the experts got more than two right. Several got all the answers wrong.

Amazing eh! So just think, if people who spend all their time studying these issues can’t identify what foods are best in a fast food restaurant, then what chance do the rest of us have.

The only solution is to avoid them altogether.

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