By Noor H. Salem
Question: Last week you mentioned the smoothies from McDonaldâ€™s not being a great choice. I always thought they were better to drink than pop and get it with my daily lunch. Can you explain why I shouldnâ€™t?
Last week I elaborated on the benefits of home cooked meals, but also gave advice on eating on the go. Itâ€™s not easy for many people to walk into a restaurant and pick a healthy meal off the menu. In fact, most of the time, they are fooled into what the food chain advertises as healthy. So you are not alone. McDonaldâ€™s, as well as other fast food chains, advertise all around the world using Billboards, commercials, and even buses that their smoothies are made with real fruit. â€œMade with real fruitâ€ is what they say, and â€œthis is not trueâ€ is what I say back.
Donâ€™t be fooled by advertisements; obviously they want to sell their product, and theyâ€™re not going to tell you that itâ€™s harmful for you. Firstly, not a single branch of McDonaldâ€™s in the United States places fresh fruits in a blender when you drive up to the window and make an order. They pour sugar-packed concentrated fruit juice of the flavor you order, add milk, ice, etc. Then they blend it up, pour it in a plastic cup, and hand it to you with a smile. Itâ€™s not only McDonaldâ€™s that does this though; the majority of fast food chains will do the same. Itâ€™s not healthier to drink than soft drinks, and youâ€™re better off without it daily. Begin by decreasing your intake to perhaps once or twice a week maximum. Make it a treat, or find an alternative that wonâ€™t affect you in the long run.