18 June 2012

Burger King encourages customers to pig out on new Bacon Sundae

Currently, 34 percent of US adults meet the criteria to be categorized as obese. Instances of ailments such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure are rising steadily. Instead of supporting the cause and providing healthier food options, Burger King is advocating poor health by launching a new product: an ice cream sundae with an odd, counterproductive touch -- bacon. The 510-calorie sundae, composed of vanilla soft serve topped with fudge, caramel, a slice of bacon, and bacon crumbles, boasts 18 grams of fat and an astounding 61 grams of sugar!

Remember when the unhealthiest food came from state fairs that rolled into town once a year? Well unfortunately, there are now unhealthy foods, such as the bacon sundae, available year round, nearly 24 hours a day. Burger King announced that the bacon sundae would only be available for a limited time, but if the public is buying into this fad, this may launch a competition of health crushing proportions between fast food companies.

You may have heard about the following items that were recently launched:
Jack in the Boxes “Bacon Milkshake”, which boasts 1080 calories, and the Doritos Locos Tacos, which was the most popular product launch in the Taco Bell's history. A staggering 100 million tacos were sold in just 10 weeks.

Call me crazy, but I don’t think incorporating bacon into ice cream and stuffing supersized Doritos with processed meat and cheese is the way to go in helping combat the national obesity and disease epidemic. Consumers should not buy into this novelty, and must demand healthier options instead. If there is a public outcry, corporations will comply.

If you are left with nothing else but fast food chains to dine, use this handy dandy tool to find veg friendly options. Whilst more ecofriendly and wise to cook in the comfort of your own kitchen, if you are in a situation with no other options, it is nice to know there are in fact fast food chains that will honor your request, and have plant based options readily available.

What do you think of the bacon sundae; summer novelty, or here to stay?

Ashley Shamus | Email
Northeast Pennsylvania Ashley has a psychology degree, and is soaking up tons of knowledge while furthering her education. She has a passion for holistic nutrition, animal rights, and green vegetables. In her free time, she loves to cook, juice, and bask in the sun. She whole heartedly applauds and appreciates all of the wonderful people who strive to make a positive difference in animals’ lives!

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