Super Size Detroit

I may very well be the last person on earth to have watched Super Size Me. I would not recommend watching it while you are trying to enjoy your food. Detroit is prominently mentioned as the fattest city in the US (the film was made in 2004). I understand that we have since been surpassed.

Possible explanations:

Economics – McDonalds supplies the tastiest chicken sandwich for a dollar when you would be paying upwards of $5.00 for unprepared breaded chicken at the grocery store.

Lack of convenient groceries – When it is midnight in Detroit the only places that are open are CVS and McDonalds.

Drive-thru – this is the motor city – if we can get to it by car, we’ll purchase it. Perhaps a drive-thru Trader Joe’s is in order – how about a Trader Joe’s at all?

9 Comments so far

  1. Tommy (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

    Forget that, I want a Sonic Burger. We get commercials for that all the time, but the closest one is hundreds of miles away!


  2. Auberon (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    There’s a Trader Joe’s in Royal Oak, Woodward south of 12, next to Murray’s Auto. If you’ve hit Vinsetta Grill, you’ve gone too far.

    And to what Tommy says above, YES… I want a Sonic Burger, if only to understand their constant commercials in this area without one single place to sample.


  3. Tommy (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:32 am

    I knew there was a Trader Joe’s around here, I just couldn’t remember where exactly. Word.


  4. Kim (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 8:22 am

    And a Detroit Donut just opened in the Penobscot Building which many in my office frequent and buy extras for the rest of us! Great.


  5. Fast Food sucks! (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

    McDonalds is nothing but food full of Hydrogenated & Partially Hydrogenated Oils aka Trans Fat! Consuming partially hydrogenated oils is like inhaling cigarette smoke. They will kill you — slowly, over time, and in the meantime, they will make you fat. Partially hydrogenated oils make you gain weight the same way that saturated fats do — by making you consume even more fat to get the the essential fatty acids you need. But partially hydrogenated fats are even worse. Not only do they produce disease over they long term, but they interfere with the body’s ability to ingest and utilize the good fats!

    One McDonald’s large fries contains 8 grams of trans fat.
    A McDonald’s apple pie contains 4.5 grams of trans fat.

    McDonald’s announced a change to a lower trans fat oil in 2002 that it never implemented. It is now 2007. That’s an unreasonable delay.

    McDonalds should follow in the fotsteps of Taco Bell and KFC (even though both are still 2 places that Detroit over eats!)
    Taco Bell announced that it will convert all of its more than 4,200 single brand US restaurants to a new zero grams trans fat canola oil for frying from a partially hydrogenated soybean oil. All Taco Bell restaurants are expected to be transitioned to the zero grams trans fat frying oil by April 2007 nationwide.

    KFC announced that it is converting all of its 5,500 restaurants in the United States to a “zero grams” trans fat cooking oil. The new oil, a low linolenic soybean oil, will replace the partially hydrogenated soybean oil in current use in KFC restaurants. The conversion, which follows over two years of extensive testing of oil options to identify the same taste profile, has already begun in many KFC restaurants and is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2007 nationwide.


  6. max (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    i think it’s funny that everyone is so concerned (this year) with trans-fat, last year it was carbs and everywhere you go everyone is carrying a bottle of water but the majority of people still seem to be just as fat and un-healthy as the population of twenty years ago…when no one cared about those things. (maybe even worse?)


  7. fast food sucks! (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    Trans Fat isn’t just a concern this year…this has been a major issue for quit awhile now. About 5 years ago there was some debate and more studies were done. Now it is being brought to the attention of the population and the only funny part is that many people ignore the facts. As far as being just as fat and unhealthy as 20 years ago…that’s not true at all. over 20 years ago AIDS wasn’t even an issue, people spent more time outdoors (and not in front of the tv), families actually sat down to eat dinner as a family and we were not ruled by fast food.


  8. max (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    okay, you’ve come armed with studies and figures and seem real militant about the dangers of the dreaded trans-fat while i am just some arm chair chuckle head making a sideline observation. maybe i just had my head in the sand but i’m pretty sure that a year ago i didn’t hear the words “trans-fat” nearly as much as i do now…but every other commercial on the television (yes, i watch the evil “idiot box”) told me how to cut carbs. and, again, facts and studies aside (gasp) it appears to me that the general public isn’t getting any healthier. who am i to throw around this sort of banter, though, i could stand to drop a pound or two, i sometimes watch TV, have on occasion eaten fast food without reading the ingredients and don’t drink eighty ounces of water every day. at this rate i’ll be lucky to see spring!


  9. Mollika* (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

    Every so often the media and corporations latch onto a new health risk to elicit fear from the masses to either enhance to consumption of news or the consumption of products countering the said risk. Either way, we all know that McDonalds is not good for us, much the same way we know cigarettes are not good for us. In both cases, educated individuals still go out and indulge despite glaring health risks. We cannot count on the corporations to create a 100% safe product, because it is the very bad that we as consumers are attracted to. Also, we cannot expect people to give up the choice to indulge if they so will. However, we as individuals have the education and therefore the power to avoid products we know to be hazardous to our health.



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