McDonald’s McDouble, a great way to eat healthy?!

Via an article I discovered on Yahoo.com…

A New York Post columnist is praising McDonald’s McDouble — calling it “a wonderful way for people to eat cheaply and healthfully.”

McDonald's McDouble

McDonald’s McDouble

In his column posted early this week, Smith says McDonald’s McDouble — billed on the McDonald’s website as: “Two 100% beef patties simply seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper, a slice of melty American cheese and topped with tangy pickles, minced onions, ketchup and mustard” the “cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history.”

Smith pitted “class snobs, locavore foodies and militant anti-corporate types” against “the poor.”

Obviously, in beginning to dispute this claim, one would likely first look to the nutrition facts, listed for all to see on McDonald’s website.

The McDouble contains 390 calories, 23 grams of protein, 19 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 850 miligrams of sodium, 7 grams of sugar — and includes the following chemicals:

REGULAR BUN

Allergens: WHEAT, SOY LECITHIN

Ingredients: Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar, Yeast, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Wheat Gluten, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Ammonium Sulfate, Ammonium Chloride, Dough Conditioners (May Contain One or More of: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Monoglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Guar Gum, Calcium Peroxide), Sorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate and/or Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin.

CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY LECITHIN

PASTEURIZED PROCESS AMERICAN CHEESE

Allergens: MILK AND SOY LECITHIN

Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Water, Cheese Culture, Sodium Citrate, Contains 2% or Less of: Salt, Citric Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Lactic Acid, Acetic Acid, Enzymes, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Natural Flavor (Dairy Source), Color Added, Soy Lecithin (Added
for Slice Separation).

CONTAINS: MILK AND SOY LECITHIN.

KETCHUP

Ingredients: Tomato Concentrate from Red Ripe Tomatoes, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Natural Flavors (Vegetable Source).

PICKLE SLICES

Ingredients: Cucumbers, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Alum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavors (Plant
Source), Polysorbate 80, Extractives of Turmeric (Color).

MUSTARD

Ingredients: Distilled Vinegar, Water, Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric, Paprika, Spice Extractive.

If THAT doesn’t convince you to shy away from the McDouble, and McDonald’s in general — I’m not sure what would!

But let’s be honest. An informal poll at a McDonald’s drive-thru would likely show most McDonald’s customers know they aren’t choosing healthy food when making the choice to stop at McDonald’s.

They’re choosing convenience — and they’re also choosing cost-effectiveness…and maybe, just maybe, “taste” — but I hope not!

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the economy collapse and struggle to regain its footing.

Many, including myself, have been out of work.

Even as the economy has improved, many are still struggling. Many are still out of work.

Lots of those that are working are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

And many folks simply don’t make eating healthfully a priority.

I, myself don’t have a lot of extra funds laying around — but I find I am blessed to have enough money to pay my bills and buy groceries so that I am able to eat homemade meals every day.

Do I eat expensive, organic food with every meal? No.

Do I wish I could afford to? Yes.

Do I eat the highest-quality grass-fed/pastured meat and wild-caught seafood with every meal? No.

Do I wish I could afford to? Yes.

However, I am blessed that I am able to head down the street to the grocery store and pick up healthy ingredients to make healthy meals at home — even if they are not “the best.”

Some people don’t even have THAT luxury!

For example…

In one neighborhood within the city in which I live, residents were thrilled to learn a grocery store was moving in. Neighbors in the area were stoked that they’d be able to walk down the street and pick up fresh produce, and actual THINGS with which to make FOOD. This, in an area with fast food restaurants serving as a primary food source — something I think most of us take forgranted!

I mean, grocery shopping is something a lot of us dread!

Later, it was learned that because the grocery store was unable to obtain a liquor license, the grocery store would be no more, and instead, a Family Dollar store would be moving in to the new facility instead.

Neighbors were outraged — some of them saying Family Dollar offers nothing healthy for folks in this community. And no real options in terms of fresh groceries.

Many of these folks don’t have access to transportation, and hopping on a public bus to head across town to grab groceries is too much of a hassle, especially for those with families — though it is available.

For some of these folks, it’s such a dire situation that they either eat fast food, packaged, processed and unhealthy food (if they can afford it)… or go hungry.

When I think about this neighborhood (and all the others around the world), I am happy for all I have — especially for being one of those who was down and out due to the economy less than five years ago. I have two grocery stores right down the street that offer healthy options — and others that I can drive to.

I think about how blessed I am to be able to afford my weekly grocery trip.

I think about how blessed I am that I consider eating healthfully to be a priority — and that I take the time and make the effort to prepare healthy meals for myself.

The bottom line is, you CAN eat healthy on a budget, but it is not easy or convenient.

Every week, I’m planning a new menu for the upcoming week and weekend.

Then, there’s grocery shopping and budgeting for grocery shopping.

And then, of course, there’s preparing and cooking the meal(s).

Even just considering what I will eat this weekend or next week takes more time sometimes than ordering that McDouble!

And yes, my meals might cost more than $1, but to me, it’s worth it because I know I am able to enjoy a meal I took the time to plan out and prepare.

Those thinking about a healthy-eating lifestyle need to know you don’t have to spend $50 for every meal! And, if you plan — you can do one cookup and have meals for the week, with no waste!

Think about it — if you are going to spend your hard-earned money on something — wouldn’t you rather it be something you’ll thoroughly enjoy in the short and long-term?

Instead of spending that $1 on a McDouble and wolfing it down in the car, how about spending $10 to prepare a homemade meal, that you can eat sitting down at the dinner table with a glass of wine?!

Yes, that chemical-laden McDonald’s cheeseburger might taste good and be fast and convenient, but you’ll pay your doctor later for the choices you make now.

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