Healthy gut-punch hitting fast-food joints
The Kansas City Star
Fast-food restaurants are getting hit hard as consumer tastes migrate elsewhere to more healthy selections.
The four horsemen of the bad-health apocalypse — salt, grease, caffeine and sugar appear to be losing their appeal. On an average day, adults in the United States get only about 11 percent of their calories from fast foods, a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
That’s down from 13 percent, the survey covering 2007 through 2010 found. It’s no wonder TV stations are broadcasting more McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC and other commercials from fast-food chains.
About 11,000 adults quizzed for the research were asked what they ate and drank in the previous 24 hours, The Associated Press reports. Some telling trends included Generations X and Y eating more fast food than baby boomers.
Baby boomers are already bloated from feeding in the fast-food trough for too many years and are on doctors orders to stay away.
Younger adults ages 20 to 39 get 15 percent of their calories from fast foods compared with 6 percent for those 60 and older.
It’s no secret why a lot of fast-food ads include African Americans. Blacks, according to the new government study, get 15 percent of their calories from fast foods compared with 11 percent for whites and Latinos.
And if you think that’s unhealthy, young African Americans got 21 percent of their calories from fast foods. It’s easy to see Subway or Whole Foods in a lot of folks’ future — before it’s too late.