Want to be healthy? Listen to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, NOT David Zinczenko, the editor of Mens’s Health and the author of Eat This, Not That. Dr. Campbell tells you the truth about nutrition—Mr. Zinczenko makes a ton of money posing as someone who is concerned about your health.
And even though he criticizes the least healthy, or should we say the most-deadly foods, he is making our overall food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries very happy. That’s because he is helping to maintain the status quo of obesity, chronic disease and all of the trillions of dollars that go along with it.
Yesterday, Mr. Z was on the Today Show with Savannah Guthrie reviewing the breakfast offerings at Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts. Let’s take a look at what America’s favorite health guru has to say about having breakfast at McDonald’s.**
Beginning with the “Not That” option, he talks about the Big Breakfast. From nutrition data.com, I learn the following about that meal:
- “Not That,” says Mr. Z about…
- McDonald’s Big Breakfast
- 767 calories, 469 from fat (61% of the calories from fat)
- 52 grams of fat, 17 grams of saturated fat
- 465 mg. of cholesterol
- 1477 mg. of sodium
- Score on the 4Leaf scale: No-Leaf (zero calories from whole plants)
Don’t eat THAT. I agree. In fact, I can flatly say that I would say “Don’t eat that” for every single item he has ever talked about. That’s because I have yet to see one that scores at even the 1-Leaf level on our 4Leaf scale of healthy eating. So what about the healthier option, the Egg McMuffin with a side of hash browns?
- “Eat This,” says Mr. Z about…
- McDonald’s Egg McMuffin with hash browns
- 446 calories, 197 from fat (44% of the calories from fat)
- 22 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat
- 226 mg. of cholesterol
- 1168 mg. of sodium
- Score on the 4Leaf scale: No-Leaf (about 1% of the calories from the potato)
So why does Mr. Zinczenko think this is better? Because it has less calories, less fat, less cholesterol and less sodium. But it doesn’t have ANYTHING that’s going to promote health.
And if someone is used to eating almost 800 calories for breakfast, then this meal is going to leave that person feeling very hungry by lunch-time. The better questions to ask instead of whether to Eat This or Eat That would be:
- Would you rather have your first heart attack at age 40 or at age 50?
- Would you rather get type 2 diabetes in your 30’s or in your 40’s?
- Would you like for your children to learn these horrible eating habits from you?
- Would you like for your children to be obese, develop type 2 diabetes in high school and suffer from cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis as they get older?
Serious about health? If you want sound, consistent and health-promoting advice about nutrition, listen to these guys: Dr. Campbell, Ornish, Esselstyn, Fuhrman, McDougall, and Barnard. They will all steer you in the direction of a health-promoting 4Leaf lifestyle, one where you derive the majority of your calories from whole, plant-based foods–still in Nature’s package.
The simple answer is two words: Whole Plants!
** FYI, I’m not picking on McDonald’s in particular; all the other fast food places were equally as bad— if you’re looking for a healthy breakfast. It’s just easier to find pictures and data on the world’s largest fast food chain.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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