Fast Food: Real or Not Real

Photo courtesy of nytimes.com

Photo courtesy of nytimes.com

There are 160,000 fast food restaurants in America that serve approximately 50 million people per day, according to statisticbrain.com. Fast food may be quick and easy, but it is not always quality food . Here are five facts that you probably did not know about what ingredients are actually in fast food.

  1. McDonald’s French Fries

These tasty snacks are America’s favorite fries, but what makes them so delicious? French fries usually consist of three main ingredients; potatoes, oil, and salt. This, however, is not the case for McDonalds, so sayscare2.com. Their French fries have seventeen ingredients in them! Sodium acid pyrophosphate is used to maintain the color of the fries but can be classified as hazardous for ingestion. This is only the beginning of the horrors these delicious snacks contain. To see the full list of McDonalds French fries ingredients, click here.

  1. Burger King Burgers

Burger King prides itself on their “quality” burgers, but what is the cost of indulging yourself with this burger? Burger King denied that there was horse meat in its burgers, but when DNA tests were taken on the meat, they were forced to admit it was true. Infowars.com says that there are two possibilities as to why they denied the horse meats appearance in their burgers. Possibility 1 was that they simply did not care about lying to their customers and possibility 2 was that they were too ignorant and had no idea it was there.

  1. Wendy’s Chili and Seasonings

What is autolyzed yeast extract? This substance can cause neurological problems and, many scientists believe, is a factor of the obesity problem in the United States. It is also an ingredient in Wendy’s chili and seasonings that are used in the chicken filet and BLT cobb salad, according tonaturalnews.com. To see the full article, click here.

  1. KFC “Chicken”

This “Finger Licking Good” chicken really doesn’t sound so appetizing after you hear about the living conditions of these animals. The chickens are kept in tiny spaces with no sunlight and are fed newspaper and cardboard instead of real grain. Because their diet is so terrible, they are injected with antibiotics and hormones to keep them alive. This, however, makes them deformed and sickly, says islandcrisis.net. Next time you are enjoying a chicken wing from KFC, just think about what chemicals you are putting into your body. To see more health facts about KFC, click here.

  1. Taco Bell’s Meat (Fillers)

The US Department of agriculture defines meat as the flesh of animals. Even if food item is only forty percent real meat, it still qualifies. Taco Bell, however, cannot even meet this standard. The so called meat that they put into their tacos is only about thirty six percent real beef, so it would technically be classified as a meat filler. Yet, they advertise that the meat filler is real beef. This triggered a woman to file a lawsuit against Taco Bell. The purpose of this lawsuit was to force the company to be honest about what they are serving to their customers, according to naturalnews.com.

Some healthier options for “faster” food include these choices from the article titled, ” 30 Surprisingly Healthy Foods” from Fitness Magazine:

 

 

Dunkin’ Donuts

 

  • Egg White Veggie Wake-Up Wrap plus hash browns; 350 calories, 18g fat (4.5g saturated)
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich on an English muffin; 390 calories, 23g fat (3.5g saturated)

 

Subway

 

  • 6″ Subway Club on 9-Grain Wheat Bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, cucumbers, and Sweet Onion Sauce plus apple slices; 445 calories, 4.5g fat (1.5g saturated)
  • Oven Roasted Chicken Salad with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, olives, and cucumbers with honey-mustard dressing plus Yogurt Parfait; 400 calories, 6g fat (1.5g saturated)

 

Starbucks

 

  • Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box (hummus, grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and pita bread) plus a banana; 380 calories, 7g fat (1.2g saturated)
  • Zesty Chicken & Black Bean Salad Bowl (grilled chicken, black beans, roasted corn, jicama, tomatoes, feta, greens, and quinoa with chile vinaigrette) plus Seasonal Harvest Fruit Blend; 450 calories, 15g fat (2.5g saturated)

 

Chipotle

 

  • 3 Barbacoa (braised beef) Tacos on soft corn tortillas with lettuce and tomato salsa; 405 calories, 10g fat (2.5g saturated)
  • Vegetarian Burrito Bowl with brown rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, lettuce, and roasted chili-corn salsa; 385 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated)

 

 

Panera

 

  • Half Smoked Turkey Breast on Artisan Whole Grain Loaf plus Low-Fat GardenVegetable with Pesto Soup (from the You Pick Two Menu); 320 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated)
  • Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad (no bacon) plus Baked Lays Potato Chips; 430 calories, 17g fat (2.5g saturated)