Sep 22 2011

Heart Foundation Tick gives Fast Food the boot!

Did you know over 2.7 million Australians eat Fast Food everyday?

National CEO Dr Lyn Roberts has announced The National Heart Foundation of Australia will be ending its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food environment but has reassured shoppers that the Tick program in supermarkets will continue unchanged.

“The challenge to improve our food supply has never been greater and we’ve never been more determined to help improve the food Australians eat,” she said.

“Today we’re announcing plans to undertake special investigations into the food available when eating out, because we think you have the right to know how much saturated fat is in your morning muffin and how much hidden salt is in your sandwich. We will make this information publicly available through quarterly audits on the foods Australians eat most often. We’ll turn the spotlight onto those establishments that promote themselves as providing healthy food to help keep them accountable to the community,” Dr Roberts said.

International fast food giant McDonalds, who pays $300,000 a year, and a number of smaller outlets will no longer be able to promote their healthy menu options using the tick. The move is said not to be a crisicism of the fast food industry but a signify a change in direction. “The Heart Foundation will never move away from its strong commitment for healthier food to be available for all Australians,” Dr Roberts said today.

kfc_doubledownEarlier this year, KFC, came under heavy criticism for the "Double Down" breadless burger made up  of bacon and two slices of melted cheese between two pieces of deep-fried chicken. Leading nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton labelled KFC's 1939kj Double Down burger, available in Victoria from tomorrow,"horrifying".

As a result, the fast food industry has implemented healthier menu options and practices in the past five years that the tick program has been available. Fast Food should be consumed as part of a balanced diet and while it should not be solely responsible for our nations obesity problem, it could definately be doing a better job to provide better quality and healthier meals to the community.

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