Monday, November 06, 2006

Wendy's - The New Authority on Nutrition!

What a coup for Wendy's!

They've teamed up with the American Dietetic Association to bring you a new website called Wendy's Mom-RD.

Here's a quote from the home page,

"Wendy's and the American Dietetic Association developed the Mom-RD program to provide moms with useful information that empowers them to make smarter choices when it comes to feeding their families"
Contrast that statement with Wendy's new slogan, "Do what tastes right".

What's the ADA doing getting in bed with Wendy's? For the life of me, other than money, I can't imagine what would motivate the ADA to team up with a company that uses toys and advertising to sell high calorie, non-nutritious food to children (currently they're using the Peanuts to sell Kids' meals).

Wanna know what's in a Kids' meal? Even one of their healthier meals, the one advertised on the Kids' Meal section of Wendy's website, the turkey sandwich with the 2% milk and the granola with yogurt, has 650 calories, 8 grams of artery clogging saturated fat and a whopping 1,280 grams of sodium.

Next question, have you ever met a kid who actually ordered the turkey sandwich with milk and granola? I'm actually scared to crunch the numbers for the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, the kids' fries and the pop.

Amazingly, in the website's section on, "10 Tips for Cutting Calories and Fats" they don't explicitly mention, "Don't eat at Wendy's".

Such a shame that the ADA and our Canadian equivalent the DoC (Dietitians of Canada) are far from shy from courting Big Food dollars.

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  1. Anonymous10:47 am

    If you believe 650 calories and 8g of saturated fat to be an inappropriate amount of food for, say, an active preteen, then how much do you think they should be eating instead?

    Also, if you're going to judge health based on calories, then you ought to at least be accurate with your description of their "healthiest" meal: mandarin oranges, chicken nuggets, and diet coke have a total of 270 calories and 2g of saturated fat.

  2. A 4-8 year old girl burns roughly 1200 calories daily.

    I do not believe it to be appropriate for her to consume half her daily calories at one sitting.

    In terms of "healthiest" meal, it was the meal Wendy's advertised on their website, indeed it is possible to eat fewer calories at Wendy's including by ordering bottled water and going elsewhere.

  3. Anonymous5:42 pm

    I am not disagreeing with your view, but your math is very wrong with makes me think you may have exaggerated the calories and nutritional content for your purposes. According to the nutritional facts I have found, it only adds up to 550 calories, with 7 grams of saturated fat and sodium content at 964mg. You had stated “a whopping 1,280 grams of sodium.” There is a huge difference between your 1280 GRAMS and my calculation of 964 MILLIGRAMS. I believe you have your ‘mg’ vs. ‘g’ confused. With that huge error alone, your statements lost their validity.