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Paleo McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC, etc..

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

What do you do when all you have access to is fast food restaurant food?

I usually ask for the meat patties alone or for more variety I get a burger and just eat the guts of it.

What's your experience with shoehorning fast food into a paleo template?

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

(868)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:46 AM

It's not just marketing - I can tell the Angus burger at McDonald's is fattier than the regular burger.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on November 29, 2012
at 12:38 PM

*woosh* is the sound of something going over your head.

Ba99a15e6bf870b81286791617050593

(671)

on November 29, 2012
at 11:22 AM

A cheat day....

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 29, 2012
at 08:59 AM

I'm a diabetic dude - I don't eat carbohydrates - which means that I am very often in the situation when I'm travelling, where I'm tired, hungry, and unable to access food that I can eat. I go to bed hungry rather than eating fast food carbs.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on November 29, 2012
at 06:42 AM

Joseph, that is pure marketing. Angus is just a very common breed of beef cow who have been championed by ranchers smart enough to do good marketing. There are other beef cattle in the world. I'm sure it doesn't make a lick of difference to the fat/protein ratio in a McD's burger.

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

(868)

on November 29, 2012
at 04:55 AM

Angus beef is fattier and with better marbling. As for the ingredient list above, it is a very small amount of the overall product. I usually season my meat with similar things at home. If you're eating any of the other items at the fast food place (ie, french fries), you'll be getting a whole hell of a lot more partially hydrogenated soybean oil than is present in the seasoning for this better tasting beef patty. If you're going to eat at McDonald's, you might as well get the burger that tastes good.

E253f8ac1d139bf4d0bfb44debd1db21

on November 29, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Supposing you're really hungry or your loved one is - c'mon use some lateral thinking!

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 28, 2012
at 11:07 PM

What's the best Paleo option at Cinnabon?

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on November 28, 2012
at 05:42 PM

OMG! so much for 100% Angus beef (whatever the heck 'Angus' means).

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 28, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Hunt and gather.

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

(243)

on November 28, 2012
at 05:20 PM

http://www1.mcdonalds.ca/NutritionCalculator/IngredientFactsEN.pdf According to their nutrition facts, the Angus Beef Patty is 100% Angus Beef, the seasoning is: Dextrose, salt, onion powder, maltodextrin, yeast extract, spice, natural and artificial flavor, beef broth, vegetable shortening (sunflower oil), partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oil, garlic powder, caramel color, worcestershire sauce (vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, salt, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor), beef fat, annatto, turmeric, not more than 2% calcium silicate

E253f8ac1d139bf4d0bfb44debd1db21

on November 28, 2012
at 03:54 PM

The point is that sometimes it happens.. You're travelling, shops are closed, you're just too hungry and fast food is just too convenient.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on November 28, 2012
at 02:19 PM

"Back country?" Back country is where I usually find the grassfed, the butchers, the good deals, the custom requests and the home cooking.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on November 28, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Yep, this. If there's no real food in the vicinity, I don't eat.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 28, 2012
at 01:42 PM

PS I did not vote to close.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 28, 2012
at 01:31 PM

When does something like this ever legitimately happen wihtout one knowing in advance?

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 28, 2012
at 11:28 AM

Seems pretty close to the Hunter Gatherer ideal, if you can't get any good food (and you're not close to starvation), then not eating is better than eating poison just for the sake of it.

028e70a250f38bd61fa81b0e0789bb6e

(812)

on November 28, 2012
at 11:25 AM

Reminds me of an article I've read on intermittent fasting. In that article the writer wrote that if you are travelling and cannot get healthy food, it is actually a good time for a fasting day.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 28, 2012
at 09:11 AM

"What do you do when all you have access to is fast food restaurant food?"

FAST.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 28, 2012
at 11:28 AM

Seems pretty close to the Hunter Gatherer ideal, if you can't get any good food (and you're not close to starvation), then not eating is better than eating poison just for the sake of it.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 29, 2012
at 08:59 AM

I'm a diabetic dude - I don't eat carbohydrates - which means that I am very often in the situation when I'm travelling, where I'm tired, hungry, and unable to access food that I can eat. I go to bed hungry rather than eating fast food carbs.

028e70a250f38bd61fa81b0e0789bb6e

(812)

on November 28, 2012
at 11:25 AM

Reminds me of an article I've read on intermittent fasting. In that article the writer wrote that if you are travelling and cannot get healthy food, it is actually a good time for a fasting day.

E253f8ac1d139bf4d0bfb44debd1db21

on November 29, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Supposing you're really hungry or your loved one is - c'mon use some lateral thinking!

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on November 28, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Yep, this. If there's no real food in the vicinity, I don't eat.

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on November 28, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Love the jokes, commenteers.

In my job I will often find myself stuck in the same situation. Yes eating a McD's Angus without the bun probably isn't the best thing in the world but when I need protein and fat right now, sometimes that's the best of several bad options. In most commercial/industrial settings there are no grocery stores and even if there were they're unlikely to have anything approaching clean food. And how do I grill a raw steak in the car anyway?

Spend some time living on the road. Sheesh.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 28, 2012
at 11:07 PM

What's the best Paleo option at Cinnabon?

Ba99a15e6bf870b81286791617050593

(671)

on November 29, 2012
at 11:22 AM

A cheat day....

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A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

on November 28, 2012
at 11:37 PM

Life happens, of course, and sometimes we just find ourselves with no other options than fast food. But, it is probably rare that a James Bond type villian kidnaps us and strands us at exit 343 on I-70 in Kansas. Typically, we have some notice that we will be on the road and perhaps far, far away from healthy options.

If the trip is brief, or if the time spent between better food options is not too great, we can plan ahead and take things like good quality beef jerky, tuna fish packs, etc. There are many Paleohacks pages about what to take when you're traveling.

I guess if I had no choice though, I would consume the Angus patty thing at McDonalds and then try to forget about it.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 28, 2012
at 10:57 PM

I work at one and have no choice but to eat beef patties cause I'll starve if I don't and I can't work hard if I'm starving.

I'm looking for a new job tho lol

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E6c14efded576a0bea38a2fe2beced6a

on November 28, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Where exactly are you that you can find three different fast food places but not a single supermarket?

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Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on November 29, 2012
at 01:55 PM

Kebab meat (not doner) and salad. So lamb shish and salad with a bit of chilli sauce. No bread.

I never eat at McDonald's.

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Ef777978cfeb8fbdd18d75c4f6c4cb23

on November 29, 2012
at 10:27 AM

I cannot believe you are prepared to put that vile rubbish in your mouth. My son insisted I took him to a Burger King about 18 months ago. It took me 36 hours to recover. IT IS DIGUSTING.

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A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on November 29, 2012
at 03:32 AM

I just avoid all fast food at all costs, but if that's all there is I get a low carb burger with no condiments (I know the meat isn't organic and free range and grass fed and the lettuce and tomato and onion aren't organic, but it's definitely better than a tripple pestilence-I mean patty coronary killer with 3 sheets of petrolium basted cheese and smothered in mayonnaise and tartar sauce on a gluten-filled, belt-busting bun)

1
A90dfb3c8b984191d8102ccfc0203e90

on November 28, 2012
at 10:35 AM

Get a burger, no bun and no sauce.

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on November 28, 2012
at 09:43 AM

If it's every once in a while, I eat whatever they offer, including buns and soda. One meal isn't going to mess you up unless you are gluten intolerant. If it was every day for a few days, I'd probably throw away the bun and not worry about the rest since there are no other options as you said. I can't imagine where this could be, though - perhaps some back country in the US?

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on November 28, 2012
at 02:19 PM

"Back country?" Back country is where I usually find the grassfed, the butchers, the good deals, the custom requests and the home cooking.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on November 29, 2012
at 12:38 PM

*woosh* is the sound of something going over your head.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 28, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Be aware that some of the chains, including McDonalds, use fillers and/or flavorings in the beef.

At McDonalds, the "plain" (cheap) hamburger is fine, but I'd avoid the "Angus Beef Patty" which has all kinds of garbage added to it.

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

(243)

on November 28, 2012
at 05:20 PM

http://www1.mcdonalds.ca/NutritionCalculator/IngredientFactsEN.pdf According to their nutrition facts, the Angus Beef Patty is 100% Angus Beef, the seasoning is: Dextrose, salt, onion powder, maltodextrin, yeast extract, spice, natural and artificial flavor, beef broth, vegetable shortening (sunflower oil), partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oil, garlic powder, caramel color, worcestershire sauce (vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, salt, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor), beef fat, annatto, turmeric, not more than 2% calcium silicate

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on November 28, 2012
at 05:42 PM

OMG! so much for 100% Angus beef (whatever the heck 'Angus' means).

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

(868)

on November 29, 2012
at 04:55 AM

Angus beef is fattier and with better marbling. As for the ingredient list above, it is a very small amount of the overall product. I usually season my meat with similar things at home. If you're eating any of the other items at the fast food place (ie, french fries), you'll be getting a whole hell of a lot more partially hydrogenated soybean oil than is present in the seasoning for this better tasting beef patty. If you're going to eat at McDonald's, you might as well get the burger that tastes good.

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

(868)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:46 AM

It's not just marketing - I can tell the Angus burger at McDonald's is fattier than the regular burger.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on November 29, 2012
at 06:42 AM

Joseph, that is pure marketing. Angus is just a very common breed of beef cow who have been championed by ranchers smart enough to do good marketing. There are other beef cattle in the world. I'm sure it doesn't make a lick of difference to the fat/protein ratio in a McD's burger.

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