Healthy fast food available, consumers just don't want it
Fast food companies are often labeled as the bad guys in the fight againt obesity.
But recent research by Consumer Reports found that there are plenty of healthy options at fast food restaurants - consumers just aren't ordering them.
"Indulgence wins over healthfulness every time," the publication quoted Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, a food-service research and consulting firm in Chicago, as saying.
When asked if they had eaten a healthful meal during their most recent visit to a fast-food restaurant, only 13 percent of those surveyed said yes, according to Consumer Reports. At pizza chains, just 4 percent said they'd ordered something healthful.
Subway, with a "Fresh Fit" menu and spokesman Jared Fogle (an everyday guy who lost 245 pounds partly by living on the chain's low-fat subs), had the most diet-conscious eaters. Almost half of respondents who ate there said they chose a nutritious meal.
Brings up the whole debate about how much personal responsibility plays in health problems. I am not turning into an advocate for the fast food companies, but seriously, no one can force people to make healthy choices.
What do you all think?