Sunday, August 04, 2013
The National Post had a great article yesterday about healthy food options at McDonalds, interviewing Anne Parks who is director for menu management for McDonalds Canada.
Anne Parks is pretty much a healthy food person: she raises bees and has a big veggie garden. And: she eats at McDonalds twice a day. Choosing carefully what she's prepared to eat herself.
One of the most interesting things about the article? She thinks that many people, especially women, are looking for the healthy options when they go to McDonalds . . . . but when they get there, tend to order their faves.
I think that's right. There used to be a person working in our office who drove to the McD's drive through several times a week, always with a view to getting a salad -- and almost inevitably bought the quarter pounder. With biggie fries. AND a biggie soft drink.
Something else I didn't know: there's a McDonald's app which can help you decide how to customize your order, shaving off fat and calories. Small decisions, big results over time.
So: McDonald's is doing its part, right? But not with a huge expectation its customers will do theirs. And with a clear understanding that if it doesn't taste delicious, it's not going to sell.
(Remember the short-lived McLean burger? Did anyone else ever buy one?)
Can "junk food cures" be effective in the obesity battle? If the tools are available, are we disciplined enough to use 'em?