Health-Washing: Is 'Healthy' Fast Food for Real?
March 26, 2011
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McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is a supposedly "healthy" breakfast item that actually contains more sugar than a Snickers bar. Fast-food joints routinely offer healthy-sounding options that aren't really health food. Time Magazine lists a few, including:
McDonald's Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
The chicken is listed as "grilled chicken breast fillet," but it's not breast meat -- it's reconstituted rib meat combined with 22 additives such as "polysorbate 80" and "autolyzed yeast extract".
Jamba Juice Mango Mantra Light Smoothie
A 20 ounce Mango-a-go-go contains 85 grams of sugar. The "light" variety, however, only contains 48 grams -- but bear in mind that the daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association, which is already far too high, is 34 grams of added sugar for women and 36 grams for men.
Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich
A foot-long Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich actually contains 34 grams of added sugar, or your total daily recommended intake of sugar if you are female. Add to this 2,020 mg of sodium, that's 520 mg more salt than the USDA recommends that children, those with high blood pressure, the elderly and African Americans should consume in an entire day.