Friday, August 19, 2011

In Defense of Fast Food!

Fast food has gotten a really bad rap, and I'm here to defend it.  The New York Times talks about McDonalds like it's the anti-christ, giving the well-read the impression that if one single cheeseburger passes across your lips, your heart will stop on the spot.  America has gotten way too reliant on fast food, so, predictably, there has been a swing in the other direction.  But now we're starting to swing too far over, thinking that fast food is poison and needs to be avoided at all costs.  This is wrong, as wrong as thinking that we should be eating it for every meal.

What is in fast food?  It is mostly sugar, fat, salt, protein, starches, and carbohydrates.  These are not poison, these are nutrients.  What makes fast food problematic is what it is missing.  Most meals don't include any fresh fruits or vegetables, which should be about half of every meal.  So as long as you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals from the rest of the food you eat, the occasional run to Wendy's isn't going to hurt you.  Infact, sometimes it is exactly what you need.  Some weeks I'll only cook food that is low in fat, but after a long, slow cardio workout like swimming, I need something heavy to eat afterwards.  In that case, a Single with cheese is exactly the right thing.

I love fast food.  We all like it because it tastes good and it is filling.  My friends invented a ridiculous and amazing food called the Kremeburger, which is a Wendy's Junior Bacon Cheeseburger with a single Krispy Kreme glazed donut in the middle:

It sounds disgusting, but you really can't knock it until you try it, because the combo of salty and sweet is AMAZING!  These are the inspired creators, Brent and Patrick...

and Patrick and Court:

They came up with this crazy combination back in high school, and a while back we decided to resurrect it so that I could get a taste.  That reminds me, it's been a while since my last one...

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