McHealthy: McDonald’s to slash sugar in food, go healthy

By: | Published: August 8, 2016 6:24 AM

A WHO report highlights that there were over 1.9 billion overweight people in the world, with 600 million being obese in 2014.

But the question arises whether this will make McDonald’s healthy or whether Subway, for that matter, is healthier.But the question arises whether this will make McDonald’s healthy or whether Subway, for that matter, is healthier.

A WHO report highlights that there were over 1.9 billion overweight people in the world, with 600 million being obese in 2014. While people are shifting to healthy foods given the growing incidence of obesity and the diseases that come with it, companies are also trying to tailor their models for health-conscious consumers. Subway may have started the trend of healthy eating at affordable rates, but now, McDonald’s, given its declining profits, is joining the queue. The company last week announced a slew of changes including replacing the high-fructose corn syrup with sugar for its hamburger buns and removing artificial preservatives from certain items. This follows from its decision to reduce sodium and oil content from its products.

But the question arises whether this will make McDonald’s healthy or whether Subway, for that matter, is healthier. A study published in Journal of Adolescent Health in 2012, shows that the number of calories for full meals at both the restaurants were much the same and while people purchased more grams of sugar and carbohydrates at McDonald’s, the sodium amount was more at Subway. More important, if one were to just look at number of calories, one meal at McDonald’s (1,022 calories) or Subway (955 calories) was almost 40% of the total daily required calories of 2,400. Though assuming the food at Subway or McDonald’s would be on a par with what a dietician would recommend would be a bit rich, there’s no doubt that McDonald’s efforts to calibrate sodium and oil in their food with healthier eating is a welcome step.

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