No-one would ever claim that consuming a BK combo meal counts as “clean eating” by any stretch of the imagination, but Poon thinks the Bacon King Combo is over the top even by fast food standards. She wants everyone to realize that such a meal contains all five of the foods the Cleveland Clinic says are likely to lead to inflammation: added sugars, trans fats, red meat, omega-6 fatty acids (good in small doses, but not in excess), and those naughty, naughty refined carbs (white bread, white potatoes, stuff like that).
Okay, so what’s so bad about inflammation? Does this just mean we’re going to be a bit puffy around the waistline until the effects of such a meal wear off? Poon says it’s far more dangerous than that, citing inflammation as a contributing factor to issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and depression.
Okay, so what does Poon recommend as a meal alternative? Ideally, she says, you should be “making your own high-quality grass-fed burger at home and adding fresh vegetables as toppings and roasted potatoes on the side.” Assuming you have neither the time nor the inclination, however, she allows “if…[you] eat fast food…do so in moderation and choose options that include vegetables and contain fat and sodium levels on the lower side of the spectrum.”