Ever wonder why McDonald's commercials feature so many black people? Finally....black people in commercials and getting airtime to entertain America while waiting on their show to come back on. Sounds good right? Now stop and think about all of the commercials blacks are featured in.
McDonald's has taken black culture and absorbed it to the max. Jingles include hip-hop type beats with the voice over of a black male or female talking about how you can just take a bite into a juicy burger, or "slam dunk" your nuggets into a container of sauce. Don't get me wrong, I'm a burger fan, but I tend to make healthier choices when I go out for burgers; therefore I usually bypass McDonald's. But have you ever noticed how a lot of "burger joints" set up shop in the suburbs or tourists areas? It's as if they assume blacks wouldn't appreciate a quality burger, so don't try to tell me that black people would not gravitate towards a cool burger joint if one were to open up in a predominately black neighborhood. So why aren't black people given the same options as those living in suburban areas?
Remember a few years back when YouTuber DeBunker Sam posted a video on the state of McDonald's food after 10 weeks of sitting untouched? Let's just say the food looked just as it did prior to the experiment taking place.
"Without moisture, mold can’t grow, and McDonald’s french fries are soaked in hydrogenated oil — saturated fat which increases shelf life and maintains flavor. As the french fries cool, they’re essentially sealed by the hardening saturated fat, which in turn seals off moisture."
~Kelly Tatera, The Science Explorer
First off, just look at the process of preserving food at McDonald's restaurants. Fries being soaked in hydrogenated oil just to save flavor and shelf life is a killer in itself. We all know in the black community that saturated fats only raises "bad" cholesterol and puts you at risk for heart disease. These two combinations are proven to be detrimental to the black community because heart disease simply raises high blood pressure, puts you at risk for heart attack and stroke, as well as diabetes. This brings me to my next question; why is there so much junk food in the black community??
If you sit back and think about the last time you rode through the hood. And if you live in the hood, think about what's in your area. I can promise you there is no Whole Foods around. Probably not even a credible grocery store (large chain market) with a wide selection of food options to choose from. Notice how you can easily find tons of convenience stores loaded with junk. Chips, cookies, honey buns, sodas, and let's not forget cigarettes and beer advertisements plastered on the windows and doors. Sodas are cheaper than a bottle of juice, averaging about 99 cent for a 2 Liter, while a bottle of juice could run you about $3 to $4. Compare that cost to someone barely making ends meet, but in need of liquids to drink. Kool-Aid packages are less than $1, a bag of chips are cheaper than a bag of apples, and organic foods are almost non-existent in the black community if you can find any at all. So what's the alternative? Simply put...nothing! "Just be happy you have some food to eat" seems to be the message the USDA is silently sending to black communities across the country.
Enticing ads of black families eating a meal at McDonald's, feeding a family of four for a minimum amount of money is insulting and disrespectful. The lack of healthy food present in the black community goes against everything that heart.org stands for. Foods that are full of nutritious value and meant to promote a healthy lifestyle are overpriced, with sugar drinks and fatty meats costing little to nothing. The black community is suffering at the hands corporate greed and insufficient healthy options.
I love the hood. I lived there most of my life and it taught me a lot about life at an early age. I'm all for hot wings and fried fish on a Friday night, and I wouldn't take those beautiful aspects about the hood away from it because that's what makes it; however, in addition to McDonald's, Wendy's and Popeye's, it would be nice to see a few more healthy options in between. Mainstream media should stop using black people to advertise things that research has proven to kill us, and let's educate one another on the importance of healthy eating because we can't count on the government to do it.
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