New Years day may seem like an odd time to post a fast food review and truth be told it is the first time I have ever set foot inside a Carl’s Jr. restaurant or even thought about trying anything displayed on their picture laden menu board.
I was enticed by the company’s latest ad campaign: Introducing fast food’s first All-Natural Burger. A grass-fed, free-range charbroiled beef patty with no added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics, topped with natural cheddar cheese and vine-ripened tomatoes.
Normally, my idea of fast food is very different from most. When I am in a hurry I will reach for hard-boiled eggs, nuts, a protein shake, full fat yogurt or a myriad of other protein rich healthy choices.
I am of course abundantly aware of the more conventional mindset of the thousands upon thousands of colorfully lit restaurants scattered throughout the nation boasting drive through windows that consumers ‘spork’ over more than one hundred billion dollars annually in the US alone.
Bridging this gap between healthy and fast food is what inspired me to build Restaurant Nutrition, my FREE APP that provides more than two million users with the macronutrient breakdown of every menu item of every major restaurant to aide in making healthier nutrient rich choices. I felt an obligation both to my app users and in support of a large franchise operation that made the conscious decision to offer grass fed beef.
Consumers are now driving the better nutrition and awareness trend influencing fast food franchises to provide healthier choices.
Over the past few years strides have been made like the consumers demanding and succeeding in the closure of beef packaging facilities manufacturing Pink Slime, the descriptive name of the adulterated addition of formerly unfit for human consumption meat scraps doused in ammonia that the USDA allowed industry to add ground beef to increase profit and yield without informing consumers – to today where consumers are beginning to understand the health benefits of grass fed, hormone and steroid free beef as a choice over fatty acid imbalanced factory farmed grain fed meat.
If you want to know how I would rate the Carl’s Jr All Natural burger, while I am not a franchised food connoisseur – it tasted pretty much as I expected which is basically my way of saying if you are in the mood for a fast food burger under $5.00 then Carl’s Jr. has my vote as a significantly healthier choice (even better if you don’t eat the bun) than McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s or any of the other big names that continue to sell feedlot raised, grain fed products.
Carl’s Jr. All Natural Burger – Nutrition Info without sauces:
Calories: 750 , Protein 31 g, Fat 44 g, Carbohydrate 59 g, Fiber 3 g, Added Sugar 18 g, Trans Fat 1 g
In fairness to Chipotle, they were the first large scale fast food restaurant to go grass fed, however Carl’s Jr. is technically correct, they are the first large scale burger company to do so.
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