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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Absurd Lies Told By McDonald's CEO !

A related article3 pointed out the many lies spouted by McDonald’s CEO during this shareholder’s meeting, including but not limited to:
  • Claiming “chicken nugget Happy Meals and fat-free milk” are healthy...
  • Chicken McNuggets contain roughly 30 ingredients, including: sodium phosphates, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate and calcium lactate. The “fat-free milk” Thompson touted numerous times is actually chocolate milk, containing 10 grams of added sugar...
  • “We provide high-quality food, we always have. It’s real beef, it’s real chicken, it’s real tomatoes, real lettuce, real fruit, real smoothies, real dairy, real eggs.”
  • Really? The “real eggs” in an Egg McMuffin are “ prepared with” the following: Liquid Margarine: Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).
  • “Globally, we follow guidelines on responsible marketing to children.”
  • ... Just last month, McDonald’s was fined $1.6 million by the consumer protection agency in Sao Paulo [Brazil] for violating local laws on targeting children... A report from Yale University found that... “Although McDonald's pledged to improve food marketing to children, they increased their volume of TV advertising from 2007 to 2009.” Preschoolers saw 21 percent more McDonald's ads and older children viewed 26 percent more ads in 2009 compared to 2007...
  • “And we are not marketing food to kids.”
  • Two words: Happy Meals.
More on this story here


Anonymous said...

Good story with excellent points.
It is up to us to do our best to eat healthily and we owe it to the children to do much better than is happening at present.
So called fast food restaurants are letting the population down, and can you really call what they serve up good food?


Lori Miller said...

Both the CEO and the bossy little busybody who called him out behaved badly. But so did the person who wrote the post quoted. "Healthy" is a matter of opinion. I think lard is healthy; most people would disagree. You can cook "real eggs" in margarine. And I've yet to see a pre-schooler by himself at McDonald's ordering a Happy Meal; parents who yield to wheedling need to put some starch in their spine. That said, McDonald's needs a new strategy that doesn't include claiming their fare is health food.

Lowcarb team member said...

Spot on Lori you do not see the very young ask for a Happy Meal they are always with parents/adults. But as both you and Jeanne have said, can McDonalds or similar fast food chains call their food healthy?
It is up to the individual to make their own mind up. Blogs, forums, news reports etc do help with sharing information but the information needs to be acted upon responsibly.

All the best Jan