Fast food hamburger and drink

if obesity & slime weren't enough

Americans flock to fast food like bees to honey, due to our fast-paced world and 20-hour workdays. However, as the obesity epidemic climbs to an overwhelming number, it might be time for us to back off the Mickey D's. If you need convincing, check out these 10 reasons you shouldn't be eating it.

Health problems, obesity, food safety hazards and pink slime are just a few of the resasons you should skip that drive-thru and, you know, eat a carrot instead. Check out our list, rent Super Size Me and head to your nearest farmers market, we BEG you.


Disgusting animal conditions

You've seen those horrible movies about how poorly animals are kept when they're being led to slaughter, and they aren't just showing you those heart-wrenching photos for the ratings. Many of these factory-farmed animals are kept in such a small space they are forced to stand in their own feces, have osteoporosis and joint pain because of their confinement and some chickens get their beaks cut off so they don't go nuts and attack each other because of the small corridors. To keep the animals from getting sick in these conditions, they are pumped full of antibiotics, which often end up in our food. That's not only making us want to stop eating fast food, it's making us want to be vegan.


Weird ingredients


I'm sorry, what is in my food? According to the Matador Network, some fast food's chicken nuggets contain a chemical preservative called tertiary butylhydroquinone, which is derived from a petroleum. Yep, the stuff you put into your car. That's not all, either. Some chicken products are mechanically separated, which means those scraps that would normally go to waste are ending up in your nuggets. Plus, if you were even to study the ingredients in your favorite meals, you'd be shocked to see how many of them are chemical preservatives, artificial coloring, monosodium glutamate and more.

Learn about how Taco Bell only uses 35 percent real ground beef in their products>>


Low food quality


It doesn't take an expert to see that most fast food chains don't use the highest quality of ingredients. You can tell by the rubbery patty, the wilted lettuce leaves and the extra-chewy chicken. They use the cheapest parts to make the products so when you're eating your hamburger you have no darn clue what part of the cow it came from, and, heck, if it's even cow you're eating! Here's an idea, spend the extra few bucks and make your own burger from meat you bought yourself.


Food safety

Sad to say, many of the employees hired on to do the cooking, food handling and prep don't have the necessary training or food safety education they need to do it right. Not their fault, the companies often don't offer training because these restaurants have such a high turnover rate. On any given day, you could have someone preparing your hambuger who didn't wash their hands or was playing with frozen raw meat right before they manhandled your bun. Save yourself the food poisioning.

Learn how you can avoid food safety mistakes in your own home >>


Food preparation

[or lack of]

It's called fast food for a reason, friends. Most of the meals you get aren't cooked with thought or love; they actually aren't even cooked on a stove. Many are unwrapped from their frozen containers and thrown into a dirty microwave. This saves the managers the time and money it would take to teach the cooks how to prepare the food properly and not worry about cross contamination. It saves their butts but doesn't make yours look any prettier.

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Trans fats

French fries

You haven't heard that word in a while, probably because it was banned from a few restaurants. Why? It can raise your LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, leading to a heart attack or cardiac arrest. However, not all fast food restaurants are required to list trans fat content on menus, so it's possible the food you're eating may still have it, and lots of it. Fast food items particularly high in trans fats include French fries, fried fish filet sandwiches and fried chicken, for example.



Soft drink

Now, you've heard all about the pink slime, and, thankfully, it's not something many of the restaurants use anymore to preserve their meats. But, that's not the only slime you may find at these fast food joints. In fact, a few fast food restaurants in Wrigley Field were shut down because they had black slime on their ice machines! Before you take a slurp of that diet Coke, make sure you aren't drinking bacteria-infested slime instead.

Check out how pink slime was removed from McDonald's hamburgers>>


Environmental hazards

Fast food isn't just hurting your ability to fit into skinny jeans, it's actually killing the environment. According to the Matador Network, there have been so many pollutants added to the Mississippi River from factory farms that there is a "dead" zone the size of New Jersey, meaning no fish or creature can live there. Oh, but that's not all. Methane, a gas produced by factory-herded cows, is 23 times better at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, which is a large factor of global warming. Each time you buy a Big Mac, you're not only killing yourself, you're killing the polar bears too. Hard to take that first bite knowing that, right?


High fat, low
nutritional value

This one's a no-brainer, clearly. The food is loaded with preservatives, the preferred cooking method is deep fried and even the "healthy" options aren't all that good for you. In fact, the McDonald's crispy chicken salad has more than 18 grams of fat. Add the dressing and you're at 36 grams. Many of the desserts contain fake sweeteners, which have been linked to obesity. Plus, the chicken, which is one of the leanest cuts of protein you can have, is breaded and deep fried, which takes away almost all of the redeeming qualities it had going for it, not to mention gets rid of its health benefits.




Fast food isn't the cause of obesity, certainly not, but it's not helping our nation fight it either. In fact, a study published by CBS News found that children who regularly eat fast food gain up to 6 pounds more a year than those who don't. With the obestiy rate so high and only growing (more than 15 percent of American children are obese), those 6 pounds are quickly adding up. Luckily, due to many lawsuits, many fast food restaurants are required to offer apple slices and milk with their kids meals. If you still don't believe us, watch Super Size Me.

If you must, try one of these fast food choices that won't make you fat>>

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Comments on "Top 10 reasons not to eat fast food"

Jess March 28, 2014 | 8:42 PM

Ok so this article may have made fast food look worse than it is, but it is bad. Your doctor will tell you regular consumption of fried foods is no good. The meat and the sodas these restaurants use really does have chemicals in it that can harm you. But besides all that, it's much cheaper and healthier to make your own combo or bucket of chicken at home. You can use meat that you get to look at before it's cooked and use healthier oils to fry it in, though I suggest you bake. I worked at Wendy's and let me tell you, those hamburgers aren't real meat. They keep the chicken in heated drawers! It's not real chicken that they have to cook, it's that false breaded chicken you can get at Dollar Tree! Do yourself a favor, stay away from fast food as much as you can.

Judy March 26, 2014 | 7:33 AM

It really saddens me to see people actually defending fast food. Very strange. I stopped eating fast food all together 6 months ago. I've lost 80 pounds, I've been taken off 3 medications, and my blood pressure went from being too high to actually some days being too low. Just because this article states something you do not want to hear, doesn't make it wrong.

Samantha January 02, 2014 | 9:43 PM

Can I please just say that everyone of you that are defending the fast food companies are obviously not nutrition concerned people nor are you active people. So get off your lazy ass, go to the gym, and after you work off the large fry you just ate, let me know how you feel after that. You most likely wouldn't work it off even after spending an hour at the gym. Get your facts straight, believe the guy who disproved the supersize me because he was probably paid by McDonalds to do so.

Amylya Keck December 13, 2013 | 6:39 AM

Wow i never thought that all this stuff is in fast food ill think twice before i order a mc chicken or pratically anything

adam November 24, 2013 | 10:41 PM

thats stupid i cannot believe that the person wrote this ----. It is completely wrong and I doubt anyone learnt anything

Tony June 05, 2013 | 5:48 PM

Pink slime isn't actually bacteria, it's a kind of processed beef. Google it.

Claire January 20, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Hi Robbie, the gas is caused by their diet so the factory fed cows have a higher level of methane gas produced than free range.

robbie d aka rob diesel January 20, 2013 | 5:47 AM

On number 8, does methane gas only come out of factory cows or does it come out of free range cows as well?

Tyler September 26, 2012 | 2:45 PM

I read this article and I have some comments to get of my chest. 1 of course if you only eat fast food and sit on your butt you will gain weight. 2 In the break through movie Fathead which disproves Super size me completely, The actor tell the viewer that he was a giant lie. Making this article wrong. Thank you.

Nunya September 26, 2012 | 2:44 PM


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