On Tuesday, when Burger King begins selling their new, tweaked version of french fries, called “satisfries,” this may might not result in making people healthier, as this giant food chain is claiming. Instead, it could be in effect, just putting lipstick on a pig, a distraction and a ploy to help us forget all about the other dubious ingredients which contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
In response to many customers who have been demanding better junk food (is there such a thing?) Burger King has come up with a way to make these new fries with 40% less fat and 30% less calories. There’s no change in the oil or the way they are cooked. So how do they do it? They rearranged some ingredients and their amounts which has the effect of reducing the amount of fat that enters the fries. That is what cuts down on the fat and calories. Supposedly, the fries taste just as good and are just as crispy.
The regular fries are still for sale but these new ones will cost a bit more and are distinguished by their crinkle-cut, like they used to be shaped years ago.
Eating less fat and calories can certainly make one healthier but not when these foods contain high levels of chemicals, preservatives and refined carbohydrates – that includes satisfries.
Meat from chain-food restaurants come from feedlot animals – those raised in crowded, unsanitary places, they’re fed antibiotics, “frankenfood” (genetically modified) and plastics to improve digestion. All those can cause obesity and serious illnesses in humans.
So cutting out a little fat from French fries is not going to make a huge change in one’s health as long as these highly unhealthy foods are consumed, especially on a daily basis.
The documentary, “Supersize Me,” by Morgan Spurlock, takes him through a month of eating McDonald’s food exclusively. He was in excellent health when he started but by the end, he had gained weight and his doctor was warning him he would be seriously ill if he continued.
Compared to this film, there was another one made by Tom Naughton who did something similar but he lost weight. Here’s what was different: he did not eat french fries, he drank water and tea instead of sugar-loaded soda and he cut out much of the bread. So, by cutting out much of the sugar and starch (bread and fries) he did not get as sick as Morgan or gain weight.
Dr. Mercola says Ansel Keys, the man that K-rations was named after which were packaged daily food rations during World War 11, had the wrong ideas that fats like butter, meat, eggs and dairy, are not good for health. The body needs fat to function but the right fat, not trans fat – vegetable oils processed to make them solid at room temperature.
The oil used to cook french fries in this county is 40% trans fat and it goes higher when the oil is heated, according to Natural News.
Coconut oil, in particular, is a very effective saturated fat that promotes weight loss, it lessens the chances of contracting diabetes or candida, it strengthens hair and metabolism and helps to handle low thyroid. It also never goes rancid. Dr. Mercola says it has never been proven that saturated fats cause heart disease. In fact, a diet too low in healthy fats can cause depression and diabetes.
Let’s not forget about the white flour all the buns are made out of in fast food restaurants. The more white flour is consumed, the more insulin is needed to handle it and that causes fat to be stored, creating overweight and possible heart trouble and diabetes. All that white flour also puts a lot of stress on the adrenals. It turns into sugar which causes tiredness, depression and all the other bad effects that come from sugar.
Not only that, most of the nutrients are stripped away in processed white flour, adding insult to injury. You might as well eat cardboard.
So, satisfries may be a nice little positive step in the right direction toward more nourishing, healthy food coming from these food chains but I wouldn’t count on it getting you through a marathon any time soon.
Until these food chains get the idea they need to serve truly wholesome, safe food, we’re still going to get lipstick on a pig.
Meanwhile, buy organic food or, better yet, grow your own.
Written by Lucille Femine