Is McDonald's Actually Getting Healthier Or Does It Just Have Good PR?

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    Feb 01, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Mcd's is my Achilles heel...

    http://www.businessinsider.com/is-mcdonalds-actually-getting-healthier-or-does-it-just-have-good-pr-2013-1

    But whatever its reputation among those of us who care about working conditions, public health, the environment and the quality of the food we eat, McDonald's is still doing extraordinarily well. Every day, 68 million people visit one of its restaurants. If you'd bought its stock in 2004, when Morgan Spurlock released Supersize Me and some people predicted the eventual death of the giant, you'd have tripled your money by now.
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    Feb 02, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    From time to time, over the years, one or the other of the fruit companies that I've been associated with has cut a deal with McD's. It's usually for an "experiment," to introduce healthier foods, but one of their little experiments is still a multi-million dollar deal for a little fruit company. Anyway, the results of the experiment are always the same. People simply will not buy healthier food. Unless you add sugar and syrups and shit. Then some manager always notices that you can take away the fruit and people will keep buying the shit, so why pay for the fruit in the first place. icon_rolleyes.gif

    And so it goes.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 02, 2013 12:05 AM GMT
    I have never liked McDonalds, except for my annual Shamrock Shake.
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    Feb 02, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    ^
    Oooh! Green smoothie!
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    Feb 02, 2013 5:49 AM GMT
    I think I had actual food from there...3 years ago? 4?
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    Feb 02, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    Timbales saidI have never liked McDonalds, except for my annual Shamrock Shake.


    This!
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    Feb 22, 2013 7:21 AM GMT
    Maybe, and I stress MAYBE, once every year I'd visit a McDonalds for a Big Mac and fries without the salt (always ask for no salt so they can drop a fresh batch of potatoes). But on the norn, I will vomit if i eat any of the food. The bread on most of it's sandwiches are full of sugars which makes me ill. And if you eat there weekly, everything on the menu tastes the same. No hate against McDonalds, but i've simply outgrown that place 10yrs ago.
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    Feb 22, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
    i go to McD's practically everyday. On occasion i will order a full blown value meal, but i mostly go to get their coffee... and maybe a hash brown.

    I feel their menu offers more healthy alternatives now than 15-20 years ago.
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    Feb 22, 2013 12:58 PM GMT
    yo_mamali saidi go to McD's practically everyday. On occasion i will order a full blown value meal, but i mostly go to get their coffee... and maybe a hash brown.

    I feel their menu offers more healthy alternatives now than 15-20 years ago.


    McDonald's cycles through healthier foods, but they don't sell.

    In reality, the food chain's offerings aren't any healthier than they were 15-20 years ago. If anything, the fat and calorie counts in McDonald's food are worse than they were 20 years ago.

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    Feb 22, 2013 1:01 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidMcd's is my Achilles heel...

    http://www.businessinsider.com/is-mcdonalds-actually-getting-healthier-or-does-it-just-have-good-pr-2013-1

    But whatever its reputation among those of us who care about working conditions, public health, the environment and the quality of the food we eat, McDonald's is still doing extraordinarily well. Every day, 68 million people visit one of its restaurants. If you'd bought its stock in 2004, when Morgan Spurlock released Supersize Me and some people predicted the eventual death of the giant, you'd have tripled your money by now.


    "Some people predicted the eventual death of the giant.."

    They did? Who are these people?

    Shitty reporting is shitty, but that's Business Insider for you.
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    Feb 22, 2013 1:03 PM GMT
    Recently had my first Big Mac in about 20 years. Gross. 80% bun. If they have gotten healthier, it is because there is less meat, cheese and special sauce...in addition to less lettuce and paper thin pickles...I would be willing to bet there are even less sesame seeds on the bun...icon_rolleyes.gif

    They "jumped the shark" for me when they replaced the beef fat they cooked the french fries in with vegetable oil. Why bother?
  • MichaelUK

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    Feb 23, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    For me, it's mostly out of desperation when there's nothing left to eat nearby. Those Golden Arches beaming at you from the distance, when you're stomach's grumbling from a late night out with friends.

    But I do agree the menu is healthier these days. I once produced a meal of Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Garden Salad Side and a bottle of water.

    That's almost guilt-free - but it is a depressing meal to have to be honest.

    Stick with the usual stuff.
  • Medjai

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    Feb 23, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    This is almost exclusively the influence of McDonalds current head chef Dan Coudreaut. He joined in 2004 from the Four Seasons in Dallas, with the goal of more healthy options with higher quality ingredients for the chain. I'd say he's done a damn good job.
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    Feb 23, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    If armageddon ever hits you can ensure the survival of 3 things. Rats, roaches, and the golden arches.
  • PolaroidSwing...

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    Feb 23, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    I would say that McDonalds is becoming less unhealthy.
    Yes, they both mean the same thing, but the former seems somehow misleading.
  • Zinc

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    Feb 23, 2013 4:17 AM GMT
    Maybe a step in the right direction, though I wouldn't make MCD a stable. In full disclosure, I kinda like their french fries from time to time.
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    Feb 23, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    It's an interesting conundrum. Is McD's selling the unhealthy crap people have always wanted to buy to begin with? Or did McD's introduce to them the unhealthy crap they now want to buy?
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    Feb 23, 2013 7:41 AM GMT
    Why do fast food restaurants get a bad rep anyways... I thought life is about choices. Everything in moderation. I really like their value meals.
  • Lukehiker

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    Feb 23, 2013 7:53 AM GMT
    dcblue said
    Timbales saidI have never liked McDonalds, except for my annual Shamrock Shake.


    This!


    Seconded.....or is it thirded?

    I've always found MCD's hamburgers to be slimy, gross pieces of....yeah.
    Burger King and Carls Jr. are better, but not much(though to be honest, on road trips, Carls Jr. is the fast food place of choice).

    To be honest, the whole system needs to either go, or be wholly overhauled.
  • NHLFAN

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    Feb 24, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    Timbales saidI have never liked McDonalds, except for my annual Shamrock Shake.


    I like McD, though very rarely eat it. Now the Shamrock shake is damn good. It's coming soon too. icon_smile.gif
  • MidwesternKid

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    Feb 24, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    I love me some Mcdonalds breakfast. I go nuts for the coffee.

  • Feb 24, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    ven_detta saidWhy do fast food restaurants get a bad rep anyways... I thought life is about choices. Everything in moderation. I really like their value meals.


    I second this thought! ;)

    We all make choices everyday. If you choose to consume highly processed, GMO, and unnatural foods you will in return reap the benifits or lack there of.

    You are what you eat, so dont cheat!



    In case you dont know what a GMO is...

    A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered...
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    Mar 01, 2013 6:50 PM GMT
    ALL PR. I boycott McDonald for over 10 years along will all fast foods. Never look back.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Mar 01, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    Last time I ate there it made me puke on the drive home from college. Never again.
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    Mar 01, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidLast time I ate there it made me puke on the drive home from college. Never again.


    A similar situation for me. I didn't actually puke, but I felt like I was going to. I just felt like I had a bunch of junk and Wesson oil in my stomach for a few hours afterward. Junk food is just that: Junk.

    By the way - - - the first time I ever saw a McDonald's was in the late 60's when I was a little kid. A ton of people were on hand for the grand opening. Prices unbelievably low compared to DairyBelle and Foster's Freeze - - - so I was curious, & stopped by on my bike. I got a hamburger, fries & a shake. Even as a kid, I was able to see the quality was much lower than other hamburger places. A little, flat burger, salty thin fries and an undrinkable shake - - - that tasted like chalk. I didn't finish my "meal" and tossed it in the can on my way out.........because it just didn't taste good.