I saw a news report last night from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on how unhealthy supposedly healthy fast-food is for kids. I went and looked up their report, and, not surprisingly, they’re fudging their numbers.
Here was the claim highlighted in the TV report:
Shocker! But how bad is this really?
A six-grilled-nugget meal, with fries and milk (chocolate and white have the same amount of cholesterol) from Chick-fil-A has 75 mg of cholesterol (65 mg from the chicken, 10 mg from the milk); a Big Mac has 85 mg.
But that’s not the whole story. One ounce of boneless chicken has 15 mg of cholesterol. Are we now being told that plain, bland, skinless chicken breasts are no longer healthy? Pfft. Cholesterol is a natural part of even our healthiest animal proteins. A “responsible” physician will tell us that.
The nutrition information suggests the six-count meal is about five oz. of chicken and the nuggets alone are only 110 calories with 25 grams of protein.
A Big Mac has 590 calories with 24 grams of protein. 590 vs. 110: you make the call.
And if you substitute the fries for the fruit cup, your six-count meal, with white milk, at Chick-fil-A drops from 500 calories to 250 calories. 590 calories vs. 250 calories and 34 g of fat for the Big Mac vs. four g for the Chick-fil-A meal. Again, you make the call.
Basically, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is acting irresponsibly. I’m all for healthy eating for kids, but scaring parents away from what is a healthy fast-food alternative is, and I’ll use this word on purpose, a fraud.