Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Unhealthiest Value Menu Items

Okay, it's been awhile since I've done a TB post. But today I came across Jessica Ashley's article on Yahoo, Lifestyles. In 'The worst of the cheap.", Ashley points out 5 fast food items that are considered very unhealthy, and TB makes the list with their surprisingly cheap (and delicious), Cheesy Double Beef Burrito. In the article, Ashley states, "The Cancer Project, a nonprofit cancer prevention organization that is linked with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is concerned that these economic times are not just driving people to eat more fast food, but to regularly consume meals full of unhealthy ingredients. Dollar meals, they say, might not be such a good value once the health implications are factored in. Their biggest issues for low-cost fast food? All the processed meat, salt, cholesterol and fat wrapped into each meal."

***my opinion starts here***
The big issue is that people don't necessarily consider healthier items when eating cheap. TB offers several fresco options, which are a lot of healthier and taste great. In my opinion, as consumers we need to be more aware of what we put into our body, which is why TB is taking a strong initiative and listing calories along side the items on the menu board. Soon we can make a more informed (and healthy decision) when we our order from 10 taco salads and 37 cheesy double beef burritos (which seems to occur every saturday night around 2 am), to maybe a couple fresco tacos and a water.

Oh yeah, and don't forget the Cinnamon Twists!

Anyways, here's a link to the article by Ashley and some additional information on TB initiatives.

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