WOW, I got this email a few days ago and just opened it. I watched the commercial (below) a few times in shock. I was first surprised by the brutal honesty of it all. The more I thought about it, the more excited I became. As a nation we have been "tricked" by advertising for YEARS and YEARS. I hope we see more commercials from PCRM. I love everything they do. They are out there for our best interest, they aren't making millions from us becoming hooked of whole foods. These are doctors trying to make a difference in our nation. I applaud and support them. I just had to share this with you. Times are changing, people are becoming more aware. I am looking forward to a time when eating a WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DIET is normal for everyone!
PCRM’s new “Consequences” ad, which takes aim at McDonald’s high-fat menu, racked up more than 1 million views on YouTube in just days last month. The provocative ad was also covered by newspapers and broadcast media across the world, including The Wall Street Journal, U.K.’s The Guardian, CNN, The New York Times, and hundreds of other media outlets from Germany to China.
“Our nation’s addiction to Big Macs and other high-fat fast food is literally breaking our hearts,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., PCRM’s nutrition education director. “PCRM’s commercial tackles heart disease head-on by educating millions of people about the dangers of fast food.”
How unhealthy is the McDonald’s menu? The world’s largest fast-food chain serves a long list of high-fat, high-cholesterol items and offers almost no healthful choices. Even many McDonald’s items that consumers may believe are healthful—salads, for example—are generally high in calories, fat, and sodium.
The Big Mac, the chain’s signature sandwich, packs a walloping 540 calories and 29 grams of fat—but it is hardly the most unhealthful item on the menu. Here are five McDonald’s menu items with more fat and calories than a Big Mac:
Studies, including one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, show that people who consume fast food are at a higher risk of obesity, a key risk factor for heart disease. Regular consumption of high-fat, high-cholesterol foods increases the risk of heart disease, and studies have found that even a single fatty meal can raise blood pressure, stiffen major arteries, and cause the heart to beat harder.
The commercial will air in fast-food addicted cities with high rates of heart disease over the following months.
To read more about the dangers of fast food, visit PCRM.org/Health.