But a few years ago, I saw Super Size Me and Food, Inc., quickly followed by a YouTube video claiming to display McDonald's products that had lasted eight years without spoiling. This trifecta of scary food news was enough to permanently change my eating habits in many ways, lead me to give up McDonald's since then and kept me off meat for nearly a year. Like I said, I'm weird about food. My kids saw the YouTube video and gave their beloved Happy Meals up as well.
So, when I received an invitation to attend a McDonald's event aimed to introduce new healthy products and dispel myths associated to their food and the way it's prepared, I jumped at the chance. The Libra in me needed to ask the hard questions, balance out the scales of information and hear what McDonald's had to say - after all, the information that has led to my reaction is completely one-sided.
I tried the Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken. (Yes, I made myself eat meat.) And it was great! I'd say it was even on par with restaurants I consider to be a step above McDonald's in terms of taste and health. While I didn't like the chicken wrap I selected, the Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal was amazing and the Fruit N' Yogurt Parfait delectable. As a infrequent flyer when it comes to meat, it's good to know that there are plenty of choices for someone like me, all day long.
How many Happy Meal fries have your kids wasted over the years? I can't count the number that I have shoved, cold, into my mouth because I couldn't bare to see those delicious nuggets go in the trash. (Part of motherhood's "No Food Left Behind " plan.) Well, thanks to a fry revamp, there will be no more waste. For those of you that choose fries, they will come in a perfect and adorable kid-sized package.
By the way, I did ask the hard-hitting questions about allegations in the movies and videos previously mentioned. While I didn't get a runaround, I'm not sure I got what I was looking for. But I did walk away feeling that McDonald's has gotten a bad rap, even though they meet all USDA regulations and go beyond most health standards compared to those we have at home. For instance, how long would you keep an undressed salad in your fridge? A few days? At McDonald's it's 8 hours, max. If I have issues, it seems I should set my sights on the people who set the regulations, not the organizations following the rules.
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