Your Opinion Matters... So tell me what you think

By mindy85027 Latest Reply 2011-06-27 16:16:05 -0500
Started 2011-06-22 13:56:12 -0500

Thank you all for your responses from my last post. It was all very encouraging. I wanted to share a thought and possibly an idea with you all. I work for McDonalds and i dont know about any of you but I love to eat there on ocassions especially their ice cream. It's great to have during these hot summer months in Arizona. So I was wondering what everyone ones opinion was about possibly having some diabetic friendly things on the menu at McDonalds. Like sugar free ice cream or having wheat torillias instead of white or having sugar free syrup for pancakes. So please feel free to state anything you would like to see. I am starting this project and going to present it to my HR to see where it goes. Thanks in advanced for everyones participation.

32 replies

AuntieM234 2011-06-25 13:15:42 -0500 Report

I love McDonalds! Sometimes I treat myself and eat there, but it WOULD be nice to have more healthy choices! Great idea you have! ;-) Mara

sewinggranny 2011-06-25 12:52:50 -0500 Report

I must be in the minority, but I have no problem with McDonalds at our local one we can get bottled water, unsweetened tea, diet Coke to drink and usually I get grilled chicken breast or a small hamburger and a salad or a parfait. All of the fast food places have things I can eat and I am so thankful that most of them now have salads. When I go to Dairy Queen I can even have a small cone of ice cream my diabetic doctor told me that was fine. I guess its in the choices you make and how you look at it. As far as breakfast goes I have either a McMuffin or pancakes and I have my sugar free syrup in my pocketbook!!

MarkieMarkie 2011-06-24 14:02:15 -0500 Report

Great Idea… I don't eat at McDonald's because it is not diabetic friendly unless ordering a salad.. I would love to have some SF ice cream and SF syrup for pancakes, etc. Fantastic Idea…

Dev 2011-06-23 14:14:55 -0500 Report

I personally would love to have some whole wheat and whole grain options for the bread, tortillas etc. I would also like another choice for fries.
Also, it would be good to have iced tea plain where you add sugar later to taste so that people have choice.

AuntieM234 2011-06-25 13:13:53 -0500 Report

All of our McDonalds here have plain tea, along with an array of sweeteners. Its only recently that they've added the Sweet Tea to the Menus here. ;-) Mara

marla50 2011-06-23 11:28:13 -0500 Report

With the number of kids that have it these days (and adults) I think it would be a wonderful idea. I think they have come along way with the choices in the happy meals. I agree with trudie about the nutritional value being posted. It should be right up there for all to see. McDonalds would go broke though. lol You have some great ideas. Good Luck!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-23 01:35:06 -0500 Report

Hi Mindy, I hear it was pretty hot in Phonix today, it was 114 here and supposed to get even hotter tomorrow.. I bet an ice cream from McDonalds would have felt good. I like ice cream but I only eat a little frozen yogurt once in a while now days. Ice cream usually just makes me thirsty. I think that some diabetic friendly items would be a good idea. Also if they listed the nutricional value of their products it would be helpful. A lot of places are doing that now days, and some are making a light offering on their menus. Good luck with your project, I think its a great idea.

crosslady2010 2011-06-22 21:47:06 -0500 Report

Mindy, You are a genius!!! Why not have foods friendly to PWD! That is a wonderful idea! I hope your HR dept. agrees. You go girl!!!!

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-06-22 21:13:16 -0500 Report

I personally do not eat out much at fast food places because the processed food does not agree with me. However I do, on occasion crave something from McDonald's, or Burger King because fast food wasn't always hard on my tummy. It would be awesome if more places had more diabetic friendly options. I know Arby's here is offering whole grain wraps and wheat bread on their chicken salad sandwich, which is nice and currently makes them the only local place I feel okay eating at because I know how whole grain wraps affect my blood sugar. It's also nice to have something I can choose and not have to ask a lot of questions about.

RAYT721 2011-06-22 19:07:29 -0500 Report

Great Idea! Make sure your presentation includes the statistics of not only the diabetics of the world but the obese and the "gym rats" and point out the whole multi-billion dollar industry to get your point across. Be specific with numbers and percentages. The target market is enormous and even includes an even happier meal than McD's currently endorses. There are some smarter choices on the McD's menu if the consumer were to take the time to check out the nutritional information that is provided on the website. Sometimes (pardon the pun) you have to spoonfeed the customers with information. Let's face it… who really goes in search of how many calories in a junior mc something versus the fat lovers version? The important thing to get across are the caloreis/carbs/fat when looking at the existing or potential modified menu. Would a McTurkey be healthier than a McChicken? Not always! Would turkey bacon be a healthier option to the menu than the traditional bacon? Not always!!! Your presentation should address the savings of money, time, calories, and health with comparisons between a "Healthy Value Menu" and the current one. Consumers often pay more for healthier food at home … perhaps they would pay a little more for healthier foods on the go??? This sounds like a great marketing research project to you to offer to take on … for additional salary, of course. Start small … think big!

spitfirelady 2011-06-22 16:11:44 -0500 Report

How about Celery and carrot sticks with Ranch Lite dressing packets. OR a Low sugar frozen yogurt pop! ( I make them at home)..I pop a Diabetic friendly Dannon Light and Fit, Low Carb and low sugar, 50 cal strawberry or vanilla yogurt in the freezer. Frozen Cherries or red seedless grapes are wonderful, too! (they are sweeter frozen and take longer to eat so I don't eat many).
Ha, French fries low carb is a wonderful idea, granniesophie. How about Baked sweet potatoes cooked in a little bit of Olive oil! That should be easy enough!
"Very Low carb" might be a statement many can live by. :) I asked for a childs meal, take the top bun off and ask them for salt free fries..I get a nasty or questionable look when I do this! Ha! The guy was nice, though, and wiped out the french fry bin of all that salt that was left in there. Maybe a bin for fries without salt! If others knew they had them, I have been told by my friends they would order them! Just a thought. Oh, a hamburger place I order once in awhile, will wrap a hamburger without bun in Lettuce with tomatoe, pickle..without dressing and it is delicious!

scribbles 2011-06-22 16:06:29 -0500 Report

LOVE McD's side salad! Now I'm going to hop on my 'soapbox'.
I am so tired of cutesy teeny-boppers asking me "Diet Coke?" like I have a choice! My standard response is "Do you have a choice in diet drinks?"
#2. I would dearly love to have an option other than fries or nothing - without paying 2 or 3 prices for it. A fast food place I used to go to advertised replacing fries with fruit slices - for $2 more! I told then that if the fruit was that precious I would not attempt to deprive them of it and they could keep it with my blessing!
I'm off the soapbox now.
I work for some interesting companies. It's all part-time work, about 40 hours per year. That's why there are so many companies. One focus group I was on wanted to know what restaurant chain "Y" could do to increase its customer base. (As y'all have figured out by now, I do speak up). I stood up and dared them to develop a menu for diabetics and start by locking up or removing the salt, sugar, and oil/grease. The discussion lasted over 4 hours. If they really make changes that matter, I will name the chain.

RAYT721 2011-06-22 19:09:32 -0500 Report

You are so right about the diet beverage options and it's not just McD's. Imagine my surprise to see a sugar free lemonade at Arby's. Ya think if we make enough noise about our wants and needs that someone will listen??? It's like … "I am holding money here … the same money that those unhealthy people are holding. Why are THEY the priority?" We need to exercise both our choice and our voices!!!

granniesophie 2011-06-22 15:00:43 -0500 Report

How about something other than Diet Coke?? I know there is iced tea-but how about Sprite Zero-some places have that and its great! Diet Coke actually is quite nasty out of a fountain!
And how about french fries that don't have carbs??? I know I'm dreaming! So I'll just eat a few :)

crosslady2010 2011-06-22 21:52:23 -0500 Report

I can only have like 5 fries at a time. I have a harder time with starch than sugar. Do not know why. No carb fries that is a possibility… Why not!

rij061258 2011-06-23 22:56:39 -0500 Report

I wish it were. Love fries and can't any with spiking over 200, so I just stay away from them. Sweet potato fries are a little better but not good enough for me to eat them.

scribbles 2011-06-22 16:10:11 -0500 Report

Sprite Zero is also a Coke product and I personally do not like Coke. I usually get water and carry MIO to flavor it with. My diabetes educator and nutritionist had not heard of it so I bought them some. Next chance y'all get, read the label and decide for yourself.

majikinfl 2011-06-22 14:20:06 -0500 Report

I think that is a grand idea!!! I hope you can accomplish your task. I wish they would give you apple slices in place of FF, or the fried potato thing that comes with breakfast. At Wendys and some BKs they will give you a choice, cole slaw, side salad or other sides they have to replace FF…Wendys will even give you Chili. It would sure make MxDonalds more "health" friendly if they are afraid of the word DIABETIC friendly. Thanks for the thoughts.

MewElla 2011-06-22 14:06:40 -0500 Report

Since this is one of the most popular fast food resturants for most of America, and there are so many diabetics in this world, it looks like it would be a very definite plus if they had diabetic friendy items on their menu. More and more resturants are leaning to a lighter fare and posting the nutrional value on their menus and letting their customers make their decisions.
This is a great idea and plse keep me posted what you find out.