Senior director of culinary innovation for McDonald's, Daniel Coudreaut declared recently in an interview with Akron Beacon Journal; "I don't see anything on the menu that's unhealthy."
I'm no different than most parents when it comes to my kids and fast foods like McDonald's. I know it's not the greatest food for them to eat—but that doesn't stop me from from time to time. In fact, the last time I did was last night.
When you're in a pinch and looking for a quick meal for the kids, and family, sometimes McDonald's just fits the bill. The kids are or cheeseburger with fries. I don't kid myself (no pun intended) on the reality of the nutritional facts about the processed foods they, and I, are eating at that given moment.
Slight feelings of guilt take over when I think of the unhealthy habits I may be fostering in my children's food choices as they become older, especially when I think of the way the food is prepared and the amount of calories in each item, which can be found on the McDonald's Nutrition site.
Coudreaut reportedly puts McDonald's cusine within the context of "moderation." Including such choices as apple slices, oatmeal and fruit smoothies, Coudreaut exclaimed that the McDonald's menu "reflects what sells."
Most young kids love the McNuggets, as does my daughter. That is her number one pick anytime we frequent McDonald's, but I know that it is not a healthful choice when it comes to nutrition.
The Beacon reports that McNuggets are chicken that is "ground, shaped, tempura battered and fried." Last time I checked, friend food does not constitute healthy food.
After seeing a photo of the "mechanically separated" chicken used for the nuggets on that's nonsense.com, I am much more inclined to stay away from the albeit tasty, but heavily processed food items that are the chain's mainstay.