Today Burger King came out with 'Satisfries'. They contain 20% fewer calories, 30% less fat (and 20-30 cents more per serving). This is a good thing, right? Nope, not really.
I've been saying this years- it's not calories in, calories out. It's nutrients in, nutrients out [so you can live a disease-free life]. Fast food french fries are made with disease promoting ingredients. These are the ingredients in Burger King French Fries (fried).
Potatoes, partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening (soybean oil), modified potato and corn starch, rice flour, dextrin, salt, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), corn syrup solids, xanthan gum, dextrose.
French fries only need potatoes, sea salt, EVOO. Not a chemical cocktail like above.
See, calories don't matter when the ingredients don't nourish the body. A 100 calorie bag of chips are made with ingredients that don't belong in food to begin with (or your body). And furthermore, those ingredients are designed to make you addicted to it for life. A repeat customer for life. When ingredients are removed, something has to be added. And what's added makes for an unhealthy body and causes disease.
Burger King Satisfries aren't made to make you healthier, it is simply a marketing & advertising tactic to boost sales.
270 calories and 11g fat are in Satisfries. Burger King is actually using the same ingredients, same unhealthy oil and the same unhealthy process.
300 calories from kale chips (okay, okay, if kale chips aren't your thing, try carrots & cuke with fresh made hummus or an apple with almond butter) give you life. The nutritional label on fast food and Big Food's products is not a good indicator of vitamins and minerals Big Food /fast food want you to think you are getting. Vitamins and minerals come from real food, not food-like products. Same goes with fortified vitamins and minerals. This is another topic for another day, but just giving you a heads up on reading nutritional labels.
Carrots, kale, spinach, almonds, quinoa- all of these are foods contain authentic vitamins and minerals. Just because a food is lower in calories doesn't mean it is healthier for you. In fact, foods that marked low fat, sugar free, calorie free or low calories is a warning sign NOT TO BUY! Foods that might be higher in calories and good fat (coconut oil for example) and be better for you than lab-made low calorie food.
While some people eat too many calories, they are eating the wrong kind of calories. A Big Mac or Whopper vs a bowl of brown rice+beans+coconut oil is vastly different. One gives you death, the other life. The obesity rates are high because people are eating Big Food instead of real food. Get back to real food and everyday physical activity and you'll find that weight drops. (Also, drink water!)
Craving some French Fries? Slice up Organic Yukon Gold potatoes, toss with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a little sea salt, some fresh ground black pepper in a bowl. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 375* for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy!
It's not the calories that are harmful (calories = energy), it's the right kind of calories that matter.
Don't be fooled by Big Food's marketing and advertising schemes. Stick to real food, real ingredients and you will have true health!
Photo credit: Mr. T in DC