Monday, April 26, 2010

Eat your way to a cure: Update

Your purchase of a bucket of sodium made to resemble chicken won't actually result in a donation. It turns out, every time KFC buys a pink bucket from their supplier, 50c are donate to the foundation. Your money doesn't actually go towards cancer research. It's very nice of KFC to have guaranteed a minimum of one million dollars, but I don't know that I want to be sold a promise to look into curing breast cancer wrapped in a bucket (non-recyclable) of fried meat.

more at: Consumerist

Just for fun, here's a quote from the Washington Post about what types of cancer are caused by fried foods, "But bear in mind that the "F" in KFC stands for "fried." Here's a line from the National Cancer Institute's Web site:

". . .studies have shown that an increased risk of developing colorectal, pancreatic, and breast cancer is associated with high intakes of well-done, fried, or barbequed meats."


For the record, I don't think we can buy and eat our way to curing any of this stuff. Think of it like a koan: eat less, consume less, and you're less likely to get eaten. Or at least, take the 30 bucks a bucket of chicken costs and donate all of it to cure research.

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