Is Glorifying Unhealthy Food Doing More Harm Than Good?

Bacon Shake. Is it worth it?

That’s right—you read that correctly. The Bacon Shake is the newest outrageous creation to greet consumers in the fast food world. To the dismay of some, it doesn’t actually contain any real bacon, but it does offer copious amounts of ice cream, bacon-flavored syrup, and whipped topping with a cherry on top.

If you strike up enough courage to try one, the 16-oz. shake will deliver 773 calories, 28 grams of saturated fat, and 75 grams of sugar. And to think this beast will typically compliment a burger and some fries. Yikes!

Gluttonous masterpieces like this are nothing new though. You may remember a previous blog I wrote that focused on the Double Down sandwich at KFC. That little ditty featured two slices of cheese and some bacon surrounded by two fried chicken breasts acting as buns. Nice! And we’re all familiar with the ridiculousness that ensues at the State Fair every year.

Bacon Shake. 16oz shake: 773 calories, 28 grams of saturated fat, and 75 grams of sugar. It's for real.

Restaurants continue to push the envelope when it comes to food, so we’re destined to see more of this. But is that a good thing? As a dietitian, I’m a big believer in balance, variety, and moderation, and not really vilifying any one food, no matter how repulsive I may find it. However, given the current problems we have with overweight and obesity in this country, it’s pretty clear that many of us don’t follow these principles.

And then there’s this…

The other day in Las Vegas, a man in his 40’s suffered an apparent heart attack while eating a Triple Bypass Burger at a restaurant called The Heart Attack Grill. How’s that for irony? Apparently, the door of the restaurant says something about being hazardous to your health. Who knew? And for those of you that weigh over 350 lbs., it’s your lucky day at The HAG. You eat FREE!

What do you think of all this—funny, sad, or indifferent? And do we have any hope of turning this country around nutritionally when everything seems to be moving in the opposite direction? Let’s hear your thoughts.

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