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Believe it or not, leading nutritionists think that fast food chains can lead the way to lowering (or outright ending) obesity in America. How? With more than 60% of the population now getting most (if not all) of their daily meals from these restaurants (from breakfast to a midnight snack) a few changes to the menu is all it would take. Here are some suggestions intended to start trimming the fat…
15-20% of fast food goes in the garbage – out front. Fast food chains can offer to let the customer take a smaller portion, at a reduced price, and caloric intake will drop as food budget savings rise.
Trim The Fat
Food processing companies rely on massive profits from guaranteed re-supply contracts. Fast food chains can leverage that power and force food processing companies to trim even more fat from the beef – and their costs.
Salt accumulates rapidly on the average food order as salty items get piled on. Salt is mainly a preservative. Fast food is supposed to be just that – fast. Let the customer season their own meal and salt intake dramatically lowers.
Add More Fruits
Adding a wider variety of fresh fruits – locally produced – adds dietary diversity and promotes local business growth. Win, win…
Add More Vegetables
The same goes for locally grown vegetables. Chain managers can work partnerships with local growers (off the re-supply chain) and give customers a wider choice for some healthy, more organically grown veggies. But, not broccoli…
All-day breakfast is a proven winner for any food outlet. There’s no such thing as a regular work schedule any more. But, customers don’t have to buy processed egg and sausage sandwiches. Plenty of hungry folks just want a nice, steaming bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Just like when they were skinny kids…
Add More Seafood
What pases for fish in fast food is a joke. More importantly, it’s the sauce that’s ladled on or added to the side that’s putting on the pounds. Offering up just a simple cod sandwich (without the tartar sauce) is a belt tightener over time…
Add Whole Grain Breads
More Americans actually prefer whole grain breads if given the choice. And, food processing companies know it. Food chains are literally leaving money on the table by not offering at least the choice…
The biggie. Most sugars in fast food are unnecessary – for any reason other than getting customers hooked on the taste. Stop turning customers into sugar addicts and obesity will drop dramatically….