McDonald’s Top Chef: There’s Nothing ‘Unhealthy’ On Our Menu

Despite recent efforts to reinvent itself with a greater number of healthy items, McDonald’s remains a high-profile target in the anti-obesity movement. Daniel Coudreaut, who serves as the senior director of culinary innovation at the Golden Arches, recently made a comment that’s likely to fan the flames a little higher.

In an article for the Akron Beacon Journal, Lisa Abraham quotes Coudreaut as saying, “I don’t see anything on the menu that’s unhealthy.” We suppose that “unhealthy” is a relative term, but even the bravest spin doctor would have a hard time defending the statement against health advocates.

Indeed, a quick look at the McDonald’s menu reveals many items that, if not “unhealthy,” are certainly not on many nutritionists’ top 10 lists. For example, the Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese contains 42 grams of total fat and 1,360 milligrams of sodium. That said, McDonald’s has introduced healthier options in recent years, including oatmeal for kids.

The average McDonald’s customer, according to Coudreaut, eats three meals a month at the restaurant. “I feel that if we were to close our doors of all of the McDonald’s tomorrow, the obesity problem would not go away,” Coudreaut said.

How often do you eat at McDonald’s? Do you agree with Chef Coudreaut’s opinion about their menu?

Source: Yahoo News

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McDonald’s to Use DNA Spray to Track Robbers

McDONALD’S restaurants are fighting back against thieves by blasting suspected robbers with an invisible DNA spray as they attempt to flee.

The spray, which remains on the suspect’s skin for two weeks and on clothes for up to six months, has been introduced in some of the chain’s busiest NSW stores, including those at Parramatta, Granville, Auburn, Lidcome, Kingsford and Wollongong, reported The Daily Telegraph. If the SelectaDNA “forensic marking” spray proves successful in apprehending bandits, McDonald’s will introduce the system across all its 780 Australian outlets.

Developed in the United Kingdom by a police officer and a chemist, the spray has been used by McDonald’s outlets in Britain and Europe. Each outlet keeps the details of its distribution a close secret, but one McDonald’s restaurant in The Netherlands installed above the main door an orange device which was electronically linked to a panic alarm system. Staff could activate the device in an emergency.

“Once there has been a security breach, the hi-tech spray unit will douse fleeing robbers with an invisible, synthetic DNA solution,” McDonald’s Australia’s chief restaurant support officer, Jackie McArthur, said. “The solution is invisible to the naked eye and unique to each location. It stays on clothing for up to six months and on skin for up to two weeks.”

Using a UVA light, police can see the markings left by the system and link the offender back to the scene.



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