25,000th Big Mac: McDonald’s Is Bad, But Is Subway the Real Devil in Disguise?

25,000th Big Mac: McDonald’s Is Bad, But Is Subway The Real Devil In Disguise?

25,000th Big Mac in one man’s belly. A Wisconsin man is going to eat, yes that number you read is correct, his 25,000th Big Mac today — the 39th anniversary of his very first Big Mac. Don Gorske sometimes has two Big Macs a day. Gorske rose to “fame” from the documentary movie Super Size Me. The movie followed director Morgan Spurlock as he ate nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days. Though Spurlock came down with a host of health problems eating nothing but McDonald’s, Gorske is living the McDonald’s dream. Unbelievably, he still has low cholesterol.  Some people are just genetic marvels, but for a majority of the U.S. population, cholesterol is a major issue.

Fast Food Chains Offering Statins

Someday soon we could see fast food chains dishing out statins, cholesterol lowering drugs, with meals. Researchers studied risk reduction strategies for people with high-fat eating habits from a new angle.  They looked at seven randomized control trials (a total of 50,000 participants) that had previously examined the ability of a daily statin medication to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by virtue of lowering cholesterol.  Statins are medications that are used to lower cholesterol, such as Lipitor. What they found was that using a daily statin demonstrated a risk reduction comparable to (and in many cases more powerful than) the potential increased risk of consuming a Quarter Pounder® with cheese and a small milkshake.

Of course, what a free cholesterol-lowering statin can’t do is take away the toxic consequences of the other components of regular fast-food meals.  Fast food contains excess calories, which lead to obesity and increased risk for type 2 diabetes, as well as high amounts of sodium, which contribute to high blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke.

Herein lies the danger.  If we placate the desire for fast foods with a pill — or “sprinkle-on statins,” as the researchers suggest — we neglect to address the inherent problem.

If you want low-calorie fast food, which chain do you choose: Subway or McDonald’s? While most people would undoubtedly choose Subway, that could be a very fat answer.

A team of researchers found diners underestimated calories in food from Subway – a fast food restaurant that markets itself as a “healthier” alternative — by 35 percent more than they did from comparable choices at McDonald’s, which does not claim to be healthier. The researchers hypothesize consumers were prone to a phenomenon known as a “health-halo,” which caused them to underestimate calories from restaurants they perceived to be healthier. They ultimately consumed more calories at the “healthy” restaurant than they would have otherwise.

Welcome to the new enemy in the battle of the bulge — the health halo. If we think our main course is good, we are more likely to order a side of very bad. Hence, the Subway diners in the study were more likely to justify ordering desserts, such as cookies. Seemingly influenced by the health halo, consumers believed that a 1,000-calorie meal at Subway actually contained 21.3 percent fewer calories than a 1,000-calorie meal at McDonald’s.

As we reported recently, similar research found foods labeled “organic” were mistaken by consumers to be lower in calories. Don’t be fooled into letting the “health halo” ruin your dieting efforts.

As the researchers point out, eating just 160 extra calories twice a week can amount to a 5 lb. annual weight gain. And, while it’s okay to indulge in a high-calorie meal from time to time, balancing it out with lighter meals or more exercise for the rest of the day is key to preventing unintended weight gain.

Check out this guide on 6 Tips To Choosing Healthy Fast Food.

People who regularly eat a diet based on vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy unsaturated fats and fruit will be healthier than individuals who “neutralize” their regular fast food habit with statins.  These researchers have proven that they understand the plight of those who love fast food, but their cheeky recommendation is one that may help win an individual battle — but still lose the war.


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  • Ive eaten at McDonalds nearly every day for years now. A month of nothing but McD? That’s nothing. I’ve done MONTHS. Love the coffee, mochas, snack wraps, pies, fruit n yogurt, oatmeal, but sorely miss the Asian salads (hint, hint, are you listening Mickey D?). I alternate between 3 local McDs and they usually know what I want. I’m their best customer, a senior and I’m healthy. Nice people work there, I come and read the paper every day and chat with people. (Did I get any mail today…?).

    You can eat healthy there if you use some common sense.

  • McDonald’s must be demonized. Michelle Hippo-Hips Obama has spoken, and the media blindly follows her orders.

  • YOU CAN KILL MORE THAN HITLER. BUT THERE ARE CONDITIONS FOR THAT:

    1) AS LONG AS A COMPANY – LEGALLY REGISTERED – MAKES THE GOVERNMENT AS PARTNER IN THE BUSINESS, AND;

    2) THE COMPANY PAYS ALL THE DUE TAXES LEGALLY.

    TARGET BUSINESS TYPE OF PARTNERS: ONLY FOR BIG COMPANIES AND BIG MONEY. FORBIDEN & RESTRICTED BY GOVERNMENT, AND WILL BE PUNISHED WITH “FULL POWER OF THE LAW” SMALL BUSINESS AND SMALL COMPANIES WHICH HAVE SMALL BUSINESS, SMALL MONEY TAXES, AND ARE TOO DIFICULT TO CONTROL AND COLLECT GOVERNMENT MONEY TAXES!

    BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY: THE MEANS JUSTIFY THE PURPOSES. FOR SURE DOES NOT APPLIED FOR HITLER OR SIMILAR CRIMINALS. BUT WITH BIGGER KILLING THAN HE DID, WITH TAXES AND MONEY COMMING IN, CAN BE ARRANGED HAVING THE GOVERNMENT AS PARTNER IN ALL THE MOST DEVELOPPED COUNTRIES WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS FROM ANYBODY. NUCLEAR PLANTS DESASTERS, COMMERCIALIZING AND KILLING ANIMALS IS FORBIDEM. IT IS A CRIME AGAINST THE AMBIENT AND MAY PUT LIVES IN DANGER. BUT CRIMES SUCH AS – CIGARRETS, ALCOOL, FAST FOOD CANCER PRODUCTION, AGAINST MILLIONS, CHILDREN, YOUNGS, PREGNANT WEMEN, HARD AND HONEST WORKERS – EVEN PAING MORE TAXES ALL TOGETHER THAN THESE DOZEN OF SMART CRIMINAL BUSINESS “JOINT VENTURERS”, YES… THAT IS LEGALLY SUPPORTED, ALOWED, AND WELLCOME BY ALL THE “SOCIETY BEST PEARLS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR GOVERNMENTS IN THE WORLD. TO BE SILENT AGAINST HOLOCAUST IN THE PAST WAS – AND FOR SURE SHALL BE ALWAYS. NOWADAYS, BECAME A “HIPOCRIT JOINT VENTURE PARTNERSHIP BUSINESSW”. CONDUCTED, AND CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNMENTS…

    HELLO…SUEDEN, SUISSLAND, NEDERLAND, GERMANY, ENGLAND, ETC., WHERE ARE YOU? HIDEN BEHING THE HYPOCRISY?

    YOU ARE ALOWED TO KILL MILLIONS WITH A BIG BUSINESS. BUT THERE ARE TWO CONDITIONS: FIRST YOU SHALL MAKE THE GOVERNMENT YOUR PERMANENT PARTNER – WITHOUT PUTTING ANY CAPITAL MONEY IN THE PARTNERSHIP – IN THE PROFIT; SECOND YOU SHALL PAY THE TAXES AND PUT BIG AMOUNTS OF MONEY – LEGALLY ENDORSED, SUPPORTED, AND PROTECTED – ON GOVERNMENT TREASURE. NOTE: THESE KIND OF BUSINESS IS NOT APPLIABLE OR GIVE ANYKIND OR SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS COMPANIES, SMALL DAMAGES IN FAMILIY HEALTH, AND MAINLY – SMALL TAXES PROFITS AMOUNT COPARTICIPATION. WHAT IS WORSE: HITLER A MONSTER KILLING MILLIONS, OR THE GOVERNMENTS – ALL OVER THE WORLD- LETTING MILLIONS BEEN KILLED FOR DECADES CONTINUALY WITH THE “GOVERNMENT BLESSINGS”.

    WHAT A PROGRESS AND BEAUTIFUL WORLD DEMOCRACY, THE HUMAN KIND, AND ALL THE BRILLIANT MINDS AROUND THE WORLD HAS CREATED…

  • YOU CAN KILL MORE THAN HITLER. BUT THERE ARE CONDITIONS FOR THAT:

    1) AS LONG AS A COMPANY – LEGALLY REGISTERED – MAKES THE GOVERNMENT AS PARTNER IN THE BUSINESS, AND;

    2) THE COMPANY PAYS ALL THE DUE TAXES LEGALLY.

    TARGET BUSINESS TYPE OF PARTNERS: ONLY FOR BIG COMPANIES AND BIG MONEY. FORBIDEN & RESTRICTED BY GOVERNMENT, AND WILL BE PUNISHED WITH “FULL POWER OF THE LAW” SMALL BUSINESS AND SMALL COMPANIES WHICH HAVE SMALL BUSINESS, SMALL MONEY TAXES, AND ARE TOO DIFICULT TO CONTROL AND COLLECT GOVERNMENT MONEY TAXES!

    BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY: THE MEANS JUSTIFY THE PURPOSES. FOR SURE DOES NOT APPLIED FOR HITLER OR SIMILAR CRIMINALS. BUT WITH BIGGER KILLING THAN HE DID, WITH TAXES AND MONEY COMMING IN, CAN BE ARRANGED HAVING THE GOVERNMENT AS PARTNER IN ALL THE MOST DEVELOPPED COUNTRIES WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS FROM ANYBODY. NUCLEAR PLANTS DESASTERS, COMMERCIALIZING AND KILLING ANIMALS IS FORBIDEM. IT IS A CRIME AGAINST THE AMBIENT AND MAY PUT LIVES IN DANGER. BUT CRIMES SUCH AS – CIGARRETS, ALCOOL, FAST FOOD CANCER PRODUCTION, AGAINST MILLIONS, CHILDREN, YOUNGS, PREGNANT WEMEN, HARD AND HONEST WORKERS – EVEN PAING MORE TAXES ALL TOGETHER THAN THESE DOZEN OF SMART CRIMINAL BUSINESS “JOINT VENTURERS”, YES… THAT IS LEGALLY SUPPORTED, ALOWED, AND WELLCOME BY ALL THE “SOCIETY BEST PEARLS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR GOVERNMENTS IN THE WORLD. TO BE SILENT AGAINST HOLOCAUST IN THE PAST WAS – AND FOR SURE SHALL BE ALWAYS. NOWADAYS, BECAME A “HIPOCRIT JOINT VENTURE PARTNERSHIP BUSINESSW”. CONDUCTED, AND CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNMENTS…

    HELLO…SUEDEN, SUISSLAND, NEDERLAND, GERMANY, ENGLAND, ETC., WHERE ARE YOU? HIDEN BEHING THE HYPOCRISY?

    YOU ARE ALOWED TO KILL MILLIONS WITH A BIG BUSINESS. BUT THERE ARE TWO CONDITIONS: FIRST YOU SHALL MAKE THE GOVERNMENT YOUR PERMANENT PARTNER – WITHOUT PUTTING ANY CAPITAL MONEY IN THE PARTNERSHIP – IN THE PROFIT; SECOND YOU SHALL PAY THE TAXES AND PUT BIG AMOUNTS OF MONEY – LEGALLY ENDORSED, SUPPORTED, AND PROTECTED – ON GOVERNMENT TREASURE. NOTE: THESE KIND OF BUSINESS IS NOT APPLIABLE OR GIVE ANYKIND OR SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS COMPANIES, SMALL DAMAGES IN FAMILIY HEALTH, AND MAINLY – SMALL TAXES PROFITS AMOUNT COPARTICIPATION. WHAT IS WORSE: HITLER A MONSTER KILLING MILLIONS, OR THE GOVERNMENTS – ALL OVER THE WORLD- LETTING MILLIONS BEEN KILLED FOR DECADES CONTINUALY WITH THE “GOVERNMENT BLESSINGS”.

    WHAT A PROGRESS AND BEAUTIFUL WORLD DEMOCRACY, THE HUMAN KIND, AND ALL THE BRILLIANT MINDS AROUND THE WORLD HAS CREATED…

  • fyistaffwriter

    Did you watch SuperSizeMe? It is obvious that you didn’t.

    This is article is crap.

    If you did watch it, you’d know that the guy on his 25000th Big Mac ONLY eats the Big Macs, NOT the fries or sodas.

    You’d also know that the director of SuperSizeMe attributes most of McDonald’s unhealthiness to the amount of Soda he drank and the amount of French Fries he ate.

    Goddamn ignorant writers like you are pushing stupidity and ignorance onto the masses. Get informed and write some decently intelligent articles you hack.

  • So how much did McDonald’s pay for this public relations story that I just read above???! Could have also been put out there by the pharma companies as well. It was written because somebody has an angle to make money from it somewhere.

    Don’t think for a minute this isn’t propaganda — because it is.

    NEITHER of the places are healthy to eat at or from. Period.

  • You shouldn’t have had chose to write this article defending McDonalds and bringing Subway to it’s level. BAD BAD BAD idea. Subway doesn’t deserve vague arguments like yours. “Some people are just genetic marvels”. Sorry, your readers aren’t genetic marvels. Your article did get some attention though, negative attention.

  • When they compare Subway to McDonalds, in small print you see that it’s the 6 inch sub, no cheese, no may, or any sauces, a Big Mac would be a healthier option if you take away the ‘special sauce’ and cheese, you really cant compare the two, unless you eat them the same way. And Butch, way to turn it semi-political by bringing up Michelle Obama, yeah, typical right wingers, criticize the President’s wife because she wants kids in the country to make healthier choices…moron

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