#McDFoodStory: McDonald's India decides to go healthy with a few tweaks in their menu

They have replaced refined flour with whole grain, reduced Sodium in fries by 20 per cent, oil content in mayonnaise by 40 per cent and patties are free of preservatives, and have no added colour or flavour, the famous American brand claimed


Globally famous American fast food company — McDonald's — on Tuesday announced a few changes to their menu by catering to the potential growing health risk posed by consuming fast food.

McDonald's India took to Twitter with #McDFoodStory and announced a few changes to make their menu a bit healthier.

These are the changes they have announced

1) Replaced refined flour with whole grain

2) Reduced Sodium in fries by 20 per cent

3) Reduced oil content in Mayonnaise by 40 per cent

4)  Patties are free of preservatives and have no added colour or flavour

5)  Up to 25 per cent more dietary fibre added to the pattie

6)  McAloo Tikki is now a balanced meal with the right proportion of carbohydrate, protein, and fats

7) Soft Serve made with 100 per cent milk and is 96 per cent fat-free

8) All-day grilled and steamed menu has patties with lesser calories




Super Size Me

Morgan Spurlock, an American documentary filmmaker, back in 2004 tried to find out via his documentary Super Size Me the role McDonald’s food is playing in the epidemic of obesity and diabetes. According to a report in HuffPost, for 30 days, Spurlock ate only McDonald’s food. 

The people involved in the film, including Spurlock’s doctors, were shocked at the amount that his health deteriorated in a short time. Before the 30 days started, the entire team predicted the changes they expected to see in his weight, cholesterol levels, liver enzymes and other biomarkers, but all of them underestimated how severely his health could be jeopardised.

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It turned out that in the 30 days, the then 32-year-old man gained 25 pounds, his cholesterol levels rose dangerously as did fatty accumulations in his liver, and he experienced mood swings, depression, heart palpitations and sexual dysfunction.

Moving in the right direction?

These changes brought about my McDonald's India were a long time coming as it is a proven fact that fast food does mess with one's health, but the fascination for junk food can never go away. Instead, if the F&B giants could try and make their food a little more healthy, the consumer won't be at risk of health troubles.

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I'm going to feel less guilty while binging on those fries the next time I decide to visit a McDonald's outlet, all thanks to the changes brought about by the F&B giants. 



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