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Good News on the Fast Food Front

Good News on the Fast Food Front
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When a junk-food paradise and a fried-food franchise start adding healthy food into the mix, some sort of shift is happening. Two Canadian hot spots for fast food are making changes, one of them modest, the other dramatic.

The modest changes are being made by a few food stands at the Calgary Stampede. Food booths line an area nicknamed “Heart Attack Alley.” That’s where you can buy deep-fried Kool-Aid«, macaroni and cheese pizza, funnel cake, corn dogs and deep-fried pickle chips.

People don’t go to the Stampede expecting healthy fare, but this year those with glucose or lactose intolerance at least have a few choices. Bill Graveland reported in the Canadian Press that stir-fries from the Salt Spring Noodle Bar are one of the new choices. So are gluten-free burgers and hot dogs and sugar-free lemonade.

Those are small changes. Whether they herald even a slight shift toward more fresh-food choices at the Stampede is yet to be seen. After all, this is also the place where you can buy deep-fried Pop-Tarts«.

Next: From KFC to Home-Cooked Meals

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8:14AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Another stupid poll with limited choices. Why go to a fast food outlet at all, regardless of a healthy choice or not?
It's a bit like not buying Gillette shaving gel because it has palm oil in it, but its okay to buy Gillette razorblades?
How dumb, fast food outlets use some of the worst ingredients and do it (duh) fast, with no care. Most food is sorted by machines now. Supporting them means that you support cheap, immigrant labour, it means you support crime, it means you support fraud. They have no choice but to put these products up for sale. They're all about raking in the cash, and they have been raking in ours since the 50's.
Just don't go there, period.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Can't say that I have ever heard of deep fried Kool-Aid before or deep fried pop tarts. Trying to get my mind around how one goes about deep frying Kool-Aid but it is 4:44 in the morning and hard to visualize but perhaps that is a good thing. Googled it, the recipe involved eggs, sugar, flour, instant Kool-Aid and baking powder.

At least some alternatives are offered or one can always bring along some home made food.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Although not American, have heard of Kool-Aid, it is a sugar laden powder that one mixes with water giving one an artificially flavoured drink be it cherry, orange, grape or whatever. It is then chilled in the refrigerator. Of dubious benefit but sold in some parts of the world. Hope this answers your question Alan M. as to what Kool Aid is!

6:47AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

That food is still not healthy

6:57PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

ty

3:47PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

I dunno. I was eating healthy and taking care of myself and that's what landed me in the hospital with a broken gallbladder and autoimmunity...!

11:30AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Calgary....where you can die young and stay pretty....

6:25PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

deep fried Kool-aid!

3:43PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

How in the hell do you even fry Kool-Aid? I can't get it to stay on the skewer... haha.

1:42PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I periodically will stop at a fast food restaurant and get a salad and iced tea for lunch when I'm in a hurry.

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