Fast Food Remains Unhealthy

Posted by jakeharris - December 31st, 2014

 

Here is a story that should surprise no one. According to Eater.com fast food is unhealthy and has been consistently so over the last two decades.

Many fast food restaurants are attempting to showcase healthier foods such as salads, fruit and yogurt options, and wraps however that those changes are doing nothing for the overall health ratings of fast food. According to a study done by Tufts University, the majority of foods tested when compared from 1996 to now have more calories and a few items have less sodium but some have a higher content. The only big difference between the years is the use of partially hydrogenated oils which has been banned. Due to the banishment of partially hydrogenated oils, trans fat levels have gone down to levels that were not detectable.

I think we can all agree with Bruce Levenson that fast food is just generally unhealthy for you. The food is processed and full of salt and sugar. The average fast food meal usually accounts for half of what your normal caloric intake in a day should be. That one meal may even exceed your sodium intake for the day. Taking the time to make a balanced meal for yourself may make a big difference in your life.

The 2014 Midterm Elections Will Impact the Restaurant Industry

Posted by jakeharris - November 6th, 2014

Although the 2014 midterm elections are over, their impact is not. And while the political process affects every aspect of our daily existence, the impact that it will have on the restaurant industry is particularly important. Covering the issue in an article entitled “How the 2014 Midterm Elections Impact the Restaurant Industry,” writer Erin DeJesus notes that several of the voting outcomes will affect important matters such as minimum wage. LA Times reporter Tom Rothman wrote that the results will also affect food/booze ratios for restaurants and bars.

With respect to minimum wage measures, voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota all determined to give minimum wage workers a pay increase. (Many of these individuals are servers, cooks, and fast-food employees.) Once these minimum wage increases take effect in 2015, 29 of the country’s states will be offering minimum wage rates higher than the current federal mandate, which is $7.25.

The recent election is also affecting food/booze rations-in Minneapolis, to be precise. Specifically, a voter referendum in the area eradicated a law that was ratified back in 1983 and subsequently amended in 1997. The law limits liquor sales in restaurants and bars. Before, restaurants located within a 500 feet vicinity of a residential area had to cap their alcohol sales once they reached 30% of total incoming revenue. Now, however, voters have put an end to this restriction, apparently under the premise that the law was adversely affecting small business.