Good News on the Fast Food Front


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

A more significant change is underway in Newfoundland, where a KFC franchise owner is shifting 10 outlets from fried chicken takeout to home-cooked meals. Renee Marquis told CBC she is changing the restaurants’ name to Oppy’s Diner. Recipes from her mother and aunts will be featured on the new menu.

Marquis’ father bought the first franchise in the 1960′s so the family has been frying chickens for nearly 50 years. The family always ate healthy food at home so Renee Marquis figures, “Since I eat fresh food, I would like for others to do the same.”

She told the National Post:

We have beautiful wild produce in Newfoundland, we’re surrounded by the ocean. I want to give people a fresh option, not just haul something out of a freezer or open up a tin and charge premium price for junk food.

There they are – two good-news food stories, half a continent apart. The first change is small but noticeable. The second is a major shift for a food family that knew the Colonel personally and has had a long and successful run sell his fried chicken.

What other changes would you like to see?


Related Care2 Stories

Are Fast Food Companies Deliberately Making North Americans Sick?

Fast Food Joints Export Poor Health to Singapore

Food Systems Creating Public Health Disaster


Photo 1 from joo0ey via Flickr Creative Commons; Photo 2: Thinkstock

Love This? Never Miss Another Story.


Mark Jones
Mark Jones3 years ago

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.

Dale Overall

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.

Dale Overall

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!

Julie H.
Julie Hoffman3 years ago

That food is still not healthy

ii q.
g d c.3 years ago


Jessica Nielsen
Jessica Nielsen3 years ago

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...!

Allan Yorkowitz
.3 years ago

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

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago

deep fried Kool-aid!

Candice Lassich
Candice Lassich3 years ago

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

Duane B.
.3 years ago

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