My Happy Meal Is Made of What? Top Reasons to Avoid Fast Food

what's in fast foodAmericans have many addictions, and fast food is no exception. According to one Gallup poll, eight in 10 Americans eat at fast-food restaurants at least monthly, while nearly half say they eat fast food at least weekly. Still, fewer Americans eat fast food weekly now than they did in 2006. With all the news of disgusting ingredients and atrocious processes, it’s no wonder many are swearing off the drive-thru window. Check out some of the best reasons to avoid fast food.

What’s Really in a Chicken McNugget?

“Mechanically-separated meat” doesn’t sound so appetizing, does it? But what better way to describe the mixture that is ultimately fried into the popular breaded shapes? Although McDonald’s swears its nuggets are only “made from USDA inspected boneless white meat chicken,” chef Jamie Oliver once created what he thought best matched the mysterious chicken mixture. The result? A pink sludge composed of chicken bones and carcass. In fact, one former McDonald’s employee once posted a story to Reddit in which a bag of McNuggets were left out and eventually melted into a pool of liquid.

When a Salad Isn’t Better for You

Today’s Americans often opt for what they feel is a healthier choice at the drive thru: any one of the growing variety of salads offered by a variety of traditional burger joints. The ingredients are easy, right? Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and perhaps cheese, croutons and onions. Think twice about that assumption. Most fast-food restaurants treat their salads with propylene glycol to keep the lettuce crisp. The chemical may be deemed safe for consumption, but it’s also found in antifreeze and sexual lubricants. Yuck!

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Maggots are a Good Source of Protein

Who doesn’t love a scrumptious meal covered in gooey, sweet and spicy sauce. Today’s Americans can enjoy drive-thru choices including pastas, meatballs, chicken and veggies all slathered in our favorite flavors. But keep in mind that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s reports on “Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement and Criminal Investigations” allows for sauces to contain “30 or more fly eggs per 100 grams” and “one or more maggot per 100 grams.”

America’s Favorite Burger… More Than a Decade Later

Last year, former McDonald’s fanboy David Whipple revealed on the TV show, “The Doctors,” the remnants of a McDonald’s hamburger he forgot in his coat pocket back in 1999. Fourteen years later, the burger looked pretty much the same as it did the day Whipple ordered it. Although you might expect a burger of that age to be rotten, petrified and moldy, it instead appeared as though it was still ready to eat.

Was There Something Crunchy in My Chili?

Ever notice how fresh Wendy’s chili always looks? It’s never thick and gooey and always perfectly red in hue. Does Wendy’s make a fresh batch every hour? Hardly. The fast-food giant actually uses silicon dioxide for its anti-caking properties. Sound familiar? The compound also known as sand.

Do You Know How Beaver Tastes?

Americans tend to trust anything natural. After all, “natural flavorings” has to be better than artificial ingredients, right? Next time you order anything strawberry, vanilla or raspberry that claims to use “natural flavoring,” keep in mind natural doesn’t mean it’s all from fruit. Many tasty treats actually obtain their flavor from castoreum – a food flavoring extracted from a beaver’s castor sac scent glands… located near the animal’s anus.

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by on August 11th, 2014