Yeah… I’m going to comment on it. Isn’t that what all the legitimate blogs have done recently? Chick-Fil-A’s president and COO Dan Cathy answered recently that he is “guilty as charged” when asked if the company was supportive of traditional marriage. I honestly don’t have much to say about this. People and the companies they run are perfectly allowed to have opinions and to be honest and authentic about what those opinions are. If you don’t agree with a company’s position, you can choose not to give that company your money. Simple as that. We don’t use Nestle products in our home because this is a company I refuse to support. My money. My choice.
I will not be dining at Chick-Fil-A on “Chick-Fil-A Day” either. But not for the reason you might think…
I find it frustrating that a company that espouses Christian values serves up such deplorable food. For some reason, I think Chick-Fil-A has got everyone thinking that their food is somehow healthier than other fast food restaurants. Their use of peanut oil is touted as a healthy alternative to the soybean oils used in most restaurants. However, they use fully refined peanut oil, which means it is highly chemically-processed. Additionally, peanut oil should not be consumed because it is high in omega 6 fatty acids. The American diet is already very saturated in omega 6s, and lacking in omega 3s, a disparity which contributes to a plethora of diseases that plague western societies today, including heart disease. So, all of these polyunsaturated fats that mainstream health professionals would have you believe are good for your heart are actually terrible for you.
Furthermore, just a quick perusal of the ingredients listed on the Chick-Fil-A Web site should give you a pretty good idea of why you shouldn’t eat there.
A few examples:
The children’s grilled chicken (what parent doesn’t think grilled chicken is a healthy option?) is not only cooked in this toxic peanut oil, but it contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), consumption of which causes a number of health problems. Serve that up with their waffle fries, which are cooked in canola oil (another unhealthy polyunsaturated oil) and contain some pretty nasty preservatives and other chemicals (TBHQ, disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate, dimethylpolysiloxane…) add some sugar-laden chocolate milk and you’ve got a cocktail for an extremely unhealthy meal for your child.
But wait- what will you eat while you serve this nastiness up to your child?
Say you want to go with something fairly “healthy” and choose a wrap. You will be eating:
Peanut oil-cooked chicken, which also happens to contain a form of MSG, and the flatbread which contains a fair amount of soy, a bunch of other chemicals I couldn’t pronounce if I tried, and monoglycerides (trans fats). And, oh yeah, some vegetables. None of which are organic, but I digress.
And if you’re really trying to be good, you might get the Diet Lemonade, which contains, you guessed it, the artificial sweetener Splenda, a known neurotoxin.
While I can appreciate a company that supports biblical principals and tries to utilize business practices based on Christian values, I have to wonder where those “values” are in serving up some of America’s unhealthiest food, while promoting it as healthy and wholesome. I don’t eat at fast food places because I know they are unhealthy. I think everyone knows McDonalds serves truly unhealthy food. But a company that serves up equally unhealthy fare and somehow spins it to convince a country that it is good to feed our kids really rubs me the wrong way.
So, no, you won’t catch me showing up to lend my support on Chick-Fil-A day. Or any other day for that matter.