Thursday, February 09, 2006

Whoops: McDonald's Miscalculated Trans Fats In Their High-Carb French Fries

McDonald's underestimated trans fats in their French fries by 33%!

This Washington Post column should give you an even better reason to stop eating at McDonald's and other fast food restaurants when you are livin' la vida low-carb if you haven't done so already.

The #1 fast food restaurant chain on the planet has been caught giving out incorrect information regarding the trans fat content of their French fries.

McDonald's recently tested their French fries with a new process and discovered that a large order actually has EIGHT GRAMS of trans fats compared with the six grams they had previously stated, a WHOPPING 33 PERCENT INCREASE.

In addition, the total fat content of that large order of McDonald's French fries now suddenly has 30g fat compared with the 26g it was stated as having before.

Is the fat in McDonald's French fries suddenly spawning new baby fat? How could a major company like this be so far off in their calculations on such an important nutritional number? lists the nutritional info for McDonald's fries

Note that the trans fat numbers are missing from the above graphic. Even THEY didn't want to guess and just decided to leave it blank! However, the new corrected numbers on the nutritional content of the French fries are now posted at the official McDonald's web site.

Here's the rap sheet on a large order of McDonald's French fries now:

- 30g FAT
- 70g CARBOHYDRATES (Yikes!)

Have mercy, have mercy! Wanna quick way to blow your low-carb program? Just down a large McDonald's French fries and you can guarantee you'll get kicked out of ketosis for days! I could not imagine eating those nasty, carb-loaded poison sticks ever again (and especially after seeing the very end of Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me DVD where a batch of McDonald's French fries lasted for months and months without ever showing any signs of decomposing -- ewwwwwww!).

But it's not like McDonald's didn't already know their French fries are LOADED with trans fats!

While the top ingredient in the French fries is potatoes (duh?!), guess what the #2 ingredient is? It's "partially hydrogenated soybean oil!" In other words, TRANS FAT!!!

Then it is COOKED in "partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, including soybean, corn, canola, cottonseed, and sunflower. TRANS FAT TRANS FAT TRANS FAT TRANS FAT and TRANS FAT! These things are just dripping with that most dangerous of all fats for people to consume!

With all the focus on high cholesterol and the risk of heart disease, who is monitoring the fast food companies to check behind their nutritional claims? If they got the trans fats wrong in their French fries, then what else is McDonald's LYING about regarding their foods? Hmmmm?

I blogged a few months ago about how pleased I was to hear that McDonald's would be listing the nutritional information for their foods on the product packaging starting this year. But if the information they are providing consumers is bogus, then what good is it going to do to put it on there?

I guess this should serve as yet another lesson in why you should probably avoid eating at a fast food restaurant if at all possible. I haven't personally been to one (other than Chick-Fil-A for a bunless chargrilled chicken sandwich) since I started livin' la vida low-carb because my body deserves better quality food that is genuinely good for me by being low in carbs, high in protein, and high in "good" fats.

Anybody who is eating at McDonald's obviously DOESN'T care enough about his or her own health to worry about trans fats or carbohydrates. And therein lies the problem we face with the obesity epidemic that plagues us as a nation of people who are fat and getting fatter. When are we gonna wake up to the realization that this is a problem of our own making that each individual must deal with themselves?! This problem with obesity will not go away on its own.


Blogger Lowcarb_dave said...

You are so right Jimmy!

I think I remember that years ago Maccas used tallow fat to cook the fries, then the big scare happenned about Saturated fat (all a lie!) so they switched!

A potato has to go through quite a bit of processing to make it edible. It's a Tubor, not a vegetable, and in my opinion it should be avoided by everyone on the planet!

2/09/2006 9:26 PM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Did you know that the French (not exactly the dumbest guys when it comes to food) refused to eat potatoes for more than a century after the introduction of potatoes in Europe, and actually fed the nasty things to the pigs? They were deemed simply not acceptable for human consumption.

Only after a number of severe waves of famine swept the country the French actually started to consume spuds - in order to survive. But they never held them in high esteem and they still don't.

Another interesting factoid is that, like you observed, the "big scare about saturated fat happened" as a result of "health" groups forcing the fast food chains to switch from lard to the so-called "healthy" veggie oils, all loaded with transfats. These fanatics organized demonstrations, picket lines, and totally demonized the lard used. The ever-compliant media, always ready to support any sick or even evil cause as long as its sells newspapers and provides juicy "scandals", happily covered and supported it all and ever since kept repeating the lie; so many times even that even doctors and medical professionals started to believe in it.

And that's how an entire nation and most of the Western world was fooled and misled by a, in the beginning, relatively small number of fanatic "health" groups - without even a shred of scientific evidence.

Repeat a lie often enough, and people will believe it as fact. The Nazi's used the exact same techniques. Goebbels would be proud.

Unfortunately, the number of innocent citizens killed by the fat-phobists, media and Gov't in almost four decades of outright lies are most likely even higher than those achieved by the Nazi's...

2/10/2006 8:43 AM  
Blogger Regina Wilshire said...

Not to be too picky, but,

>>>Another interesting factoid is that, like you observed, the "big scare about saturated fat happened" as a result of "health" groups forcing the fast food chains to switch from lard to the so-called "healthy" veggie oils, all loaded with transfats. These fanatics organized demonstrations, picket lines, and totally demonized the lard used.<<<

Should have read "...interesting fact,..." not factoid, since it was true. A factoid is an invented truth believed to be true...what you're pointing out is true, therefore not a factoid.

2/10/2006 9:46 AM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Hi Regina... I stand corrected. You are completely right, it should not be "factoid" but in fact, it should read fact. That's a fact.... aaarghh :)

Sorry for the obvious typo.

2/11/2006 11:25 PM  

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