Have You Noticed Latinos Only Get Screen Time During Junk Food Commercials? 

Unhealthy Food

Just when you thought Latinos don’t get any screen time… Boom! There they are, all over the place – in fast food commercials, that is. They’re telling you how delicious that cheeseburger is, how comforting that sopita is when you’re sick, and how that coke is the best thing to quench your thirst. It has to be good if other Latinos are telling me to eat this stuff, right? Latinos don’t lie; it’s a sin. So wudduya mean these foods aren’t good for me? I have to buy them now, you know, to support Latinos in show business… And shame on us because we keep eating it.

All-American Coca-Cola commercials are flooded with Latinos.

Coca-Cola
Credit: Listitude Politics / Coca-Cola / YouTube

Too bad one serving of this all-American beverage offers almost double your daily recommended sugar intake at a staggering 44 grams. Listen, Coca-Cola, diabetes rates for Latino-Americans is already 6 percent higher than non-Latino whites so just chill with your inclusive marketing.

Mars, Inc. spent one-quarter of their ad budget on Spanish-language TV ads like this one with Rebelde star, Anahí.

Credit: anahichannelone/ Snickers / Youtube

Even if Anahí tells you Snickers brings you back to life, put this snack down. While the chocolate coating, crunchy peanuts, and oh-so-smooth caramel are euphoric, the amount of sugar is alarming. One bar has 6 times the amount of sugar needed to affect the blood stream. Didn’t we just finish talking about diabetes? ?

McDonald’s commercials have enough Latinos for a feature film.

McDonalds
Credit: Philip Albuquerque / McDonald’s / YouTube

With all this color and ritmo, I feel like I’m watching a J.Lo music video. Do these dancers know that one order of the 10 piece McNuggets contains 470 calories…before the dipping sauce? Plus, McNuggets have always been a gamble. Sure, there’s some sort of chicken but you might also get a bit of plastic or vinyl with your bite-size fried treat. I’m just saying, buyer beware…

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Del Slush? Are these like frozen aguas frescas?! Yum.

Sonic
Credit: Sonic Drive-In / YouTube

Nope. Just Spanish for sugar overload in a cup. If a can of Coca-Cola with 44 grams of sugar is double the recommended daily sugar intake, then Sonic’s 92 grams of sugar per slush should be a crime. Who decided to mix slushes and candy anyway? ¡Estúpido!

Oh, look! Cute Latino niños in this Taco Bell ad.

Taco Bell Kid
Credit: Saul dominguez / Taco Bell / YouTube

But if I had kids, I would forget about feeding them the .99¢ Cheesy Potato Burrito because it contains an adult’s daily dose of sodium. Also, shouldn’t we be concerned about meat for less than $1? You get what you pay for, remember that.

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…And McDonald’s is back with more Latino actors.

McDonalds Family
Credit: AlmaAgency / YouTube

Have they run out of white actors? Pero, que cute is this commercial, no? The answer is no. Papi’s Big Mac meal will set him back 1,120 calories and is another example of fast food packed with sodium, 1,240 milligrams to be exact. Nothing says familia like matching cholesterol, right?

These Latinos are telling us Progresso sopitas got healthier.

Progresso
Credit: Fernanda Revilla / Progresso / YouTube

Okay. Not all Progresso soups are bad for you, but the full flavor ones sure are, just look at the sodium content. The problem is, the study found that the ads targeting Latino youth never include the healthy option. I see you, Progresso. I’ll take abuela’s caldo instead, thank you very much.

Who wants Güendis? They’re healthy, right?

Wendys
Credit: I’eapan Spot / Wendy’s / YouTube

Why are my people lying to me? ? It is one thing to insult our intelligence about healthy food, but now you make fun of our accent? That’s too far. Thanks to the Internet, we know your Asiago Ranch Chicken sandwich has even more sodium than McDonald’s. Next time, just give us a bag of salt so we can at least know what it going into our bodies.

Taco Bell assures the A.M. Crunchwrap is abuelita approved, but is it?

Taco Bell Abuelas
Credit: A.M. Crunchwrap / Taco Bell / iSpot.tv

Woah. I don’t know about you but my abuela would not approve this one-handed breakfast abomination. If you want enough salt to spike cholesterol and usher in a stroke before breakfast, this is just the thing you need.

“Hay comida en la casa. Comemos alla.” Words to live by, mis gentes. ?

What do you think about companies heavily marketing unhealthy food to Latino youth? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!

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