It is a known fact that McDonald’s is anything but healthy. Just as the term “fast food”implies speedy service reigns supreme over “good food”. Good refers to how healthy it is. No one that eat’s McDonalds will argue that it doesn’t taste good. Matter of fact it tastes too good. So much so that it draws billions worldwide to eat at it’s restaurants. Just look at it’s slogan that is on every McDonalds sign “billions and billions served” This in itself is marketing at it’s best, as restaurants have some of the worst statistics. In New York alone, over 80% of restaurants fail within the first five years.This raises the question why and how is it loved by so many. Well the answer is a little complicated.
In this post we’ll talk about Why You’ll Never Eat McDonalds’ Fries Again After Reading This;
- The ultimate child marketing strategy
- How McDonalds creates a lifelong customer
- Fast Food Addiction
- Customers fall prey to A processed food Addiction
- The real cost of eating processed foods
- World famous fries Ingredients
- McDonald’s fries recipe de-coded
- My reaction to the ingredients in McDonalds fries
The Ultimate Child Marketing Strategy
From a very early age I can remember being seduced by the McDonalds commercials. It specifically acquires its audience from an early age and maintains them through adulthood. Journey back to your childhood and remember how commercials lured you to beg your parents for a “happy meal.” The name in itself implies that the meal will leave you feeling euphoric and happy at first taste. Not only will you get your choice of a burger, nuggets, and fries, but you will also enjoy a colorful toy that’s a miniature plastic version of the latest toy craze.
McDonald’s Creates a Life-long Customer
After you had one, you would strategically beg your parents to buy additional meals so that you collect the toy series that was only exclusive to McDonalds. To add insult to injury, there’s practically a McDonalds on every corner. So you’d have multiple opportunities to pitch the idea of stopping. Children are further enticed by the play area that often has a slide, jungle gym, and a ball pit. Three things no child can resist. Psychologically this love and association with good food and happiness carries over into adulthood. These adults become parents with children of there own and the loyalty cycle continues. This is one way they are able to acquire lifelong customers from an early age.
Fast Food Addiction
Addiction is the second way in which McDonalds is able to entice customers and keep them repeatedly returning for more. When I think of addiction, I immediately think of drugs and substance abuse. My first thought is not food addiction. Far too often, the concept has been associated with obesity. But this is a misconception. By definition, addiction is a brain disfunction in which a person is subconsciously compelled to consume harmful substances. In the case of food addiction, the harmful substance is highly processed foods. Processed “foods” are filled with high amounts of refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, salt, fat, and synthetic chemicals. In other words, processed foods are artificial food like substances that mimic real food.
Customers Fall Prey to A Processed Food Addiction
I use the term “processed food” very loosely, as food by definition is any nutritious substance that people eat to maintain life and growth. Processed fast food does the exact opposite as it contains addictive synthetic chemicals that destroy and deteriorate the human body. Instead of eating for nutrition, the toxic substances in processed fast food gradually destroys our ability to maintain health. Over time we develop a food addiction in which we loose control of our ability to eat healthy foods. We crave junk foods to a point in which we make fast food restaurants like McDonalds a staple in our diets. This causes us to primarily eat sugar laden pre-packaged foods and reject healthy plant-based foods.
The Real Cost of Processed Fast Foods
Over time, our bodies loose it’s natural ability to maintain a our health. We develop chronic long-term diseases such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, and headaches. In extreme cases we can potentially develop a heart attach or stroke. This is a high cost to pay for eating relatively cheap “food.” We must ask ourselves is enjoying chemical laden food worth the cost of our health. The cost of real food is minute in comparison to long-term medications, hospitalizations, insurance deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses.
McDonalds World Famous Fries Ingredients
Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.
McDonalds Fries Ingredients De-Coded
In theory french fries should only include potatoes and salt or seasoning. Fries are very simplistic. Or so I thought. There is no way it should include 10 different complicated ingredients.
2). Vegetable Oil
Don’t the let the name fool you. It does not contain vegetables and is not good for you. Matter of fact, it is made through a process that heats toxic chemicals to produce the oil. This greatly affects the human body as it is filled with trans fats. Oils that are high in trans-fat place you at an increased risk of developing chronic disease like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke.
3). Canola Oil
A genetically modified oil that contains omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, these good fatty acids are lost during the high temperature refining process. It uses toxic chemicals, and bleaching to produce the finished product. This refining process converts the fatty acids into trans-fats which is toxic to the human body. Trans-fats can build up and cause chronic health conditions high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
4). Corn Oil
When you think of corn, it sounds benign enough. So how can it be unhealthy. Well, most of the US corn supply is a product of science. Meaning that is processed using genetically modified organisms (GMO). Corn oil has a high amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which is unhealthy for human consumption.
5). Soybean Oil/Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
An GMO that is one of the most dangerous oils to consume. It is a very unstable oil that it is primarily made of polyunsaturated fat. Both soybean and hydrogenated soybean oil increase inflammation and have a dramatic effect on cholesterol and blood pressure. These oils should not be consumed.
7). Natural Beef Flavor
This term in itself is an oxymoron. Beef is natural as it is a living animal. But flavoring is not natural. Well in actuality, it is not known what is actually in this ingredient. Food manufacturers including McDonalds are not required to define what is in ingredient flavorings. The FDA doesn’t recognize flavoring as an ingredient. It is considered a companies secret sauce. So in actuality flavoring can be any chemical cocktail that a company generally recognizes as safe (GRAS). Per the FDA this an allowable term that companies can use to classify “secret ingredients.”
8). Wheat and Milk Derivatives
Flavoring is key for taste. These processed additives are added to the fries for flavoring. It is unclear what is else is added in addition to wheat and milk.
The scientific name for sugar. Added for flavoring. Over time too much sugar can cause type two diabetes.
10). Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate
Have you ever peeled potatoes and noticed that they turn brown. Well that’s a reaction after it is exposed to air. McDonalds fries are often perfect is in size and color. This uniform color is achieved by additive.
Added during two phases the manufacturing process as well as the final seasoning before you are presented with the fries to eat. Over too much salt can contribute to electrolyte imbalance as well as cardiac issues.
My Reaction to the Ingredients in McDonalds Fries
As for me and my family, I choose healthier restaurants over fast food restaurants like McDonalds. But as a mother of two very vocal children, I was constantly asked to take them to McDonalds. No matter how much I tried to educate them about what is actually in the Chicken McNuggets they persisted. So I compromised. I agreed to take them to McDonalds, on the condition that they could only eat french fries. At first they were reluctant, but over time it became the norm. Up until recently, I thought I was making the best choice for my family. After all, it was just potatoes. In theory, it did not contain any overly processed chicken, diary, or beef. Or so I thought. I recently saw a video of what is actually in McDonalds fries and I was shocked to say the least.
How McDonalds Fries are Made Youtube
Many thoughts came to mind when I saw this video. First off, why do you need to put natural beef flavor and milk in french fries. What if you only eat a vegan or plant-based diet. This unknowingly exposes you to the very food you have consciously chose to eliminate from your diet. Maybe I’ve missed something, but I don’t remember seeing any ingredient lists or allergen alerts listed on the order screen for fries. This just goes to show that you should be very observant and cautious before eating at restaurants. This goes for both fast food as well as restaurants in general. I am quickly learning that the only food you can truly trust is the food you buy and cook yourself.