Hardee’s All Natural Grass Fed Burger?

Okay, I admit, I didn’t feel like cooking dinner tonight, so I got a low carb, grass fed burger from Hardee’s.  Low carb because they wrap it in lettuce and not a bun.  Total carbs = 9 grams.  Fiber = 2 grams.  Total NET carbs = 7 grams.  No fries and had some new organic Gunpowder Iced Green Tea I had made earlier (unsweetened of course).

Now, the taste of their new “All Natural, No Antibiotics, No Steroids, Free Range Burger?

I gotta say…it was delicious.

I think it’s definitely a huge step in the right direction.  And one that I would be willing to pay more for.

HOWEVER…in the back of my mind, a part of me can’t help but wonder…”So, how did they screw it up this time?”.  I mean I can’t find a list of the ingredients anywhere.  I’d be completely ASTONISHED if the ingredients were simply : Beef, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, onions and cheese (plus salt and pepper).  I’m guessing they probably aren’t.  I know this.  I suspect they’ve added preservatives, spices and some (or a lot) of MSG for good flavor.  I’d be totally shocked if they didn’t.  And I would applaud them whole heartedly if they really got “it”.

But, still, I will support ANY fast food restaurant that is heading in the “not so crappy for you” direction.  And it would truly be amazing if these tasty burgers were indeed grass finished (all beef is pretty much grass fed), but most commercial beef is NOT grass finished (it’s corn and soy finished).  To fatten the cows up.  They use carbs to fatten the cows.  Ahem.  And this dramatically alters the fat ratios in a less than ideal ratio.

Considering all the other fast food joints are not advertising their burgers as hormone free, or free range, or even all natural, Hardees could just be blazing a real trail in the simply natural and more wholesome direction.  People really don’t need MSG or preservatives in their food.  It’s not like it was 30 or 40 years ago.  Businesses have access to better food storage technology, transportation and savvier consumers should be able to get an organic grass finished burger (free of preservatives and crap like added steroids).  That should be the standard, not the exception.

That just seems like a no-brainer to me.  Pure and simple.  People will buy it.  We are ready for it.  We need it.

How hard could that possibly be?  Really.

Maybe, just maybe Hardees will break the old dogma of “fast food is crap” and create a new paradigm of “Fast food is actually healthy and delicious?”.

I highly doubt that will happen anytime soon, but one can hope, I guess.

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