Fast food is in every corner of every major city in the world. And how can they ever run out of business, people would prefer to watch streamed TV shows rather than cook. We don’t have all the musing time and we have priorities to focus on. It’s rather paradoxical that eating quality food, that which is the basic necessity for our survival, is the most neglected and crammed.
We trust other people to prepare foods for us; but there’s no way can we be assured of the utter cleanliness of the ingredients, the preparations, and the promises of the fast food chain. For all we know, we are eating one week old refrigerated veggies marketed as fresh salad.
Since at minimal amount it can’t affect your body, it is legal to contain traces of maggots, rat poop and the like in products of fast food. The Dateline crew, in their research, found “rodents and insects (alive and dead), grime and debris in several chains”.
Documentary Food, Inc. showed that most cow meats are all mixed up in one grinding machine. If one cow is diseased, the rest is contaminated. Hamburgers and other meat are very susceptible to malicious bacteria, especially E. coli. How they clean it? They let it pass through ammonia gas. Ammonia is what you pee and what you clean your toilet with.
Certain fast foods admit that their products may contain additives that could irritate your allergies. They just won’t specify which products.
“The most common violations in fast-food chains? Employees not washing their hands (in some chains, there was no soap in the bathrooms), improper food holding temperatures, undercooked meat, and employees handling food with their bare hands”.
Expenses: Us and Them
Only 19% of cost you pay for your fast food product is accounted by food itself. The rest is just operations, packaging, marketing, and the air-conditioning to keep your face fresh.
In 2009 alone, $4.2 Billion was spent on fast food advertising. Strategically, they targeted children more. $1.6 Billion was the annual cost for online and TV advertisements for kids alone. These fast food restaurants have high turnover, but they pay ridiculously low wages.
The food industry is serious about keeping silence from critics. If a party has a revealing study that could harm their industry, expect “heats” from multiple sources.
Longer lines will make you buy more due to exposure to temptation.
Fast foods have healthy options, hidden and more expensive; while value meals have blinded you to spend more since not all people like all to eat everything in the combo but coerced to by the offer.
Don’t trust their calorie count because it may be erroneous. An overstated net weight is more likely to be penalized by FDA than the understated, so they understate it more often.
“Low fat” label is just an illusion of a product being healthy. Check the calorie count because a “low-fat” chicken quesadillas have 742 calories.
A “zero trans fat” label meant there’s a lot of saturated fat.
“Sugar-free” contained high fructose corn syrup.
At least 50 different chemicals are found on the average strawberry milkshake of fast foods. And since FDA’s definition of natural ingredients is anything derived from a natural source, these fast-foods can call a strawberry milkshake ‘natural’ when in fact it was from an animal derivative.
Wendy’s Frosty took at least 14 ingredients to make, including the chemical used as electronic cigarette’s filter.
McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets contain at least 7 ingredients to make, including silicone – the same substance they put on breasts implants.
McDonald’s Salad contained a chemical that is not even approved for cat food because its safety isn’t warranted.
Cellulose, a derivative of wood, is mixed with most processed foods to give texture. Cellulose took the place of oils and flours just because it is inexpensive. In turn, we get zero nutrition. Our stomach can’t digest cellulose, so it’ll be released as is.
The berries that topped the muffins are fake. Starting 2010, fake berries are in production. Ingredients? Food colorings and a bunch of chemicals interplay to mimic the chewy berries that we love. It’s cheaper than that of nature, but with zero health benefits.
French fries, the one that’s always hanging with our combos, are meat flavored, not potato. There’s even a time when McDonald’s French fries contained more saturated fat than their burgers. Due to the controversy, they’ve modified it, yet an ingredient was still from an animal. And fries, when refrigerated, became colorless. Hence, a chemical intervention. They even fry it with hydrogenated oil too keep its crisp, but that special kind of oil is toxic to our body, linked to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Chicken products, like nuggets and sandwiches, contain beef as well to add taste.
The more lean you chose your beef to be, the higher sodium content it has. That is to make it juicy, because a lean cut took it off.
To keep it simple, there’s nothing simple in fast foods. All their products are bombarded with numerous chemicals and ingredients other than, say, chicken, beef, salad, potato and milk. Primarily, it is for prolonged preservation and unique flavor that would urge you to crave and come back. The real best trick is to eat raw food, it has the nutrition and it keeps you eating less.
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