Sunday, May 08, 2011
I am sure it is obvious to everyone on planet Earth that portions of food offered in restaurants has increased over the past 10-20 years. I cannot help but wonder when the war between the restaurant industry and our biology will end, and who will win.
I can recall a time when a hamburger was a single patty between a bun with whichever condiments turned your crank. It was simple, tidy, and hit the spot. Add some fries and a pop, and you had the best meal ever. Then someone decided to add cheese to it. Okay, sounds good to me. Pretty soon all food chains were doing this. Through the years the additions to the hamburger have included 1-3 extra patties, bacon, onion rings, mushrooms, and so on........
At this point it amazes me that we are even able to fit the thing into our mouths!
I mean, seriously, who needs to eat 3 hamburger patties (+ bacon in some cases) in one sitting?
Answer: no one!
I understand that as a 'value meal' the customer feels that they are getting more for their dollar by increasing the size of their servings for 'x' cents extra, but what about the cost to your body?
My boyfriend is a fan of the triple (yes triple!) Baconator offered at Wendy's, although he only had it once in the past year or so. Probably because I threw a fit when I saw it. And he's concerned about MY health and MY weight?
While it is easy to say that we should just avoid fast-food chains and eating out, the fast-paced lives we lead between work and home provide us with excuses to form these habits. If you find yourself in a position where a hamburger is the easiest option, then be smart about what you order. As hungry as you are, and as good as the meal deals sound, you will enjoy the taste for a few moments, but at what cost to your health? I'd like to test the blood of someone after they have disgested the triple Baconator . . . . . bet they didn't think they had ordered a coronary!