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I rented ‘Super Size Me’ last night which if you don’t already know, is a documentary about the film maker’s 30 day McDonald’s only diet. I could not, as I was watching it, imagine how he felt after the 3rd day let alone 30 days of breakfast, lunch and dinner of McDonald’s (a total of 5000 calories a day).
He makes mention in the film of two overweight girls in their teens that had sued McDonalds for being the cause of their weight problem (only in America). They of coarse lost their plea and the Supreme Court later passed legislation forbidding people to sue restaurant chains for their obesity (I’m sure McDonalds had some very powerful lobbyists in their pocket on Capital Hill who got this pushed through very easily). We all would agree that obesity in America and Canada, is costing the health care system dearly and you would think the respective Governments would put some legislation in place to curtail the fat, salt and sugar content of fast food on this continent because of the ill health effects is has on the general public especially the children (I’m going to show my little girl this film this weekend). This would never happen because again the argument is we have the free choice not to eat there (which I agree)
What if McDonalds sold a new food called McSushi?. I myself like Sushi even though it is raw fish. Serve it up with some Tamari sauce and Wasabi (Chinese horseradish) and ginger and you have a good protein source depending on blood type (all good for O’s). I use this hypothetical example because the local state government in my area is looking to ban sushi that is not frozen before it’s served…so you won’t be able to eat fresh raw Sushi in Japanese restaurants again due to the following statistics…. In Japan, 1,000 cases of anisakiasis, an illness caused by ingesting larvae of nematodes (roundworms), related to the consumption of raw fish are reported each year. The ailment causes nausea and severe stomach pains, and in some cases a tube has to be inserted into the stomach to remove the worms. Around the world, an estimated 50 million people have contracted illnesses related to eating raw fish. Therefore they are asking all restaurants that serve it to freeze it first (increasing the Polyamine levels of the fish), than thaw it before serving.
McDonalds feeds 46 million (country the size of Spain) people a day around the world. Which of the two food(s) do you think is a greater health risk to the general public? If I have the free choice to go or not to go into a McDonalds for a filet of fish sandwich every day, I should also have the free choice when it comes to eating raw (unfrozen) fish. Oh....the hypocricy of it all
There may come a day when we will open the obituaries and read:
Mcdonalds…1954 – 2012
Until than…..I’ll risk eating Sushi..."pass the wasabi, please"