Friday, July 21, 2006

Another reason to be proud of D.C.

The local news. It's uber insightful.

It covers Taco Bell. Below is part 4 of a 5 part series which tells viewers how to eat healthy at various fast food restaurants. Now, for avid readers of this blog, you know my feelings about the health food craze combined with fast food. It's ridiculous. If you want to eat a healthy meal, do NOT go to Taco Bell or any other fast food restaurant. If you want a delicious, fat filled meal, then, obviously, run for the border. The only way a meal at Taco Bell will be healthy is if you leave the restaurant still hungry. In which case, you'll probably just pull into the next fast food joint you see and order a 1,000 calorie meal. I am not suggesting that we stop going to Taco Bell. I just do not understand this fast food can be healthy thing. The attempts to teach people how to order a healthy, fast food meal is not going to be the trend that breaks the obesity in America's back.

Healthy Food Available At Taco Bell
Fast Food Fitness Part IV

WASHINGTON -- NBC4 anchor and reporter Barbara Harrison says if you're tired of eating burgers and fries for lunch, you can keep your diet on the right track by eating a Taco Bell for fast food with some zing. Barbara decided to order the Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco, which weighs in at 270 calories, but she ordered it "Fresco Style," for a 100-calorie savings. When you order your food "Fresco Style" at Taco Bell, the regular sauce and cheese is substituted with their Fiesta Salsa, which only adds five calories per serving and no fat.

Barbara made her choices with the help of Washington Hospital Center nutritionist Claudia Morrison, who said that for most people, meals should be between 500-700 calories, not including snacks.
Morrison said people should stay under that if they're trying to lose weight.

Coming up Friday morning on Fast Food Fitness, Barbara shows how people can eat a healthy meal with dessert at McDonald's.

That's right, folks: Fresco means no cheese. why would anyone order a mexican meal without the cheese. you think she felt full after that little taco with salsa? Right...

What this healthy mcd's meal plus dessert could be is beyond me. I guess Barbara did the report this morning so I'll let you know. I am sure the meal is unappealing.


Blogger whipcreamy said...

well i am sure that they have this article out for people who have like 6 kids and only have time for fast food...little bobby has soccer, taryn has ballet, georgie has karate, and ruthie has basketball....and the practices are all at different times. soccer mom has to eat sometime! so i guess this article is for people who want to diet on the pun intended.

9:52:00 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

whipcreamy: voice of reason, per usual.


10:04:00 AM  
Blogger anne altman said...

TARYN? good grief.

ok, someone who would get it without the cheese: a lactarded person.

10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Meddling Methodist said...

Shouldn't Liz Crenshaw, the consumer reporter, be doing this little piece of investigative reporting?

2:07:00 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

well, it depends. we think it's consumer reporting but they call it "health". i guess it's part of the contention.

and we must remember that Liz Crenshaw is VERY busy and important. she can't do everything despite appearances.

2:51:00 PM  
Blogger wilco1014 said...

I actually remember Barbara Harrison's "diet tips" series. She was allowed to work out with Laura Bush...I remember the advertising blitz NBC4: we kept seeing babs and laura walking around the white house track (i'm not sure what or where it is -- it looked as though it was outdoors, maybe in th rose garden) in full makeup and the viewing audience was promised a view of " a whole different side of the first lady". I was frightened.

p.s. al fresco sounds like ass-fresco

6:59:00 PM  

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