Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Pile it on...
Hardee's (and Carl's Jr.) announced yesterday the latest arrival on their burger lineup: The Monster Burger. Weighing in at 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat, it is in stark contrast to the lawsuit-induced "light salad and tofu burger" craze of the last few years.
It's about time!
As you might guess, there is opposition to the mammoth burger. Some people feel the government should regulate the fast food industry. Others claim that the parent company of Hardee's/Carl's is being irresponsible:
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocate for nutrition and health, dubbed the Thickburgers "food porn," the Monster "the fast-food equivalent of a snuff film."Give me a break! The company's purpose is to make money, and they sell hamburgers. It's not as though they are peddling tobacco to minors!
"At a time of rampant heart disease and obesity, it is the height of corporate irresponsibility for a major chain to peddle a 1,420-calorie sandwich," the center said.
Look, if you eat 1,000 of these things, you'll either die of a heart attack or from bloodclots due to your inability to walk. Anyone with half a brain knows that.
But absent the Monster Burger, there are countless other food items that are unhealthy if eaten in inordinate amounts. Take the guy that weighs 400lbs and eats 3 boxes of Twinkies every day. Should we outlaw Twinkies, simply because this guy doesn't grasp the concept of self control?
That being said, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis has it right:
"Let the food puritans say what they will. There's nothing really wrong with counting the occasional juicy burger among life's simple pleasures."Indeed. To illustrate that point, the Sons of the Republic have already christened it the "Official Burger of the SOTR". Next time my capitalist endeavors take me on the road, I see a Monster Burger in my future.