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10 Shocking fast food facts

We all know fast food isn’t the healthiest of options — but these facts may surprise you and deter you even further from those convenient chain restaurants. Take a look for yourself!

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We all know fast food isn’t the healthiest of options — but these facts may surprise you and deter you even further from those convenient chain restaurants. Take a look for yourself!

American’s thrive on everything quick, convenient and easy — and food is no different. We live in a world of getting what we want now and never having to wait. Though this can be great for some things, like receiving important emails on our phones, it’s not great when it comes to food and our health. Other than fresh fruits and vegetables, good healthy food that isn’t packed with preservatives isn’t quick to prepare and isn’t always convenient. It is always worth the wait in the long run, though. Here, we’re sharing 10 crazy fast food facts that will probably shock you!


McDonald’s is visited by 90 percent of American children on a monthly basis


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You read that right. What are we feeding our kids?!


One fast food hamburger contains meat from up to 100 different cows

Whopper from Burger King

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Um, gross. I’m pretty sure that knowing this has ruined my desire to ever eat a fast food hamburger again.


French fries are the most popular type of fast food in America

Dairy Queen French Fries

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Which rank the unhealthiest? Dairy Queen’s regular-sized fries have more than 700 calories, Arby’s curly fries have more than 600 calories and McDonald’s have 570 calories.


A Frosty from Wendy’s contains 14 ingredients

Frosty from Wendy's

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Say what? We thought milkshakes were just milk and cream. A Wendy’s Frosty, though, contains multiple “thickening agents” to spruce it up.

Source: Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko

Taco Bell’s taco salad has more than 52 grams of fat

Taco salad

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But wait… we thought we were ordering a salad. Think again — the fat grams in this specific salad are higher than the fat grams in five regular tacos combined.


Fountain soda machines contain fecal bacteria

Soda fountain

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What?! The facts keep getting scarier! Studies show that 48 percent of fountain drink dispensers have traces of fecal bacteria on them. How is this even possible?


American’s don’t visit fast food chains the most

Hong Kong McDonalds

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Hong Kong actually ranks number one — with 61 percent of the population visiting a fast food chain at least once per week. America came in eighth — with 35 percent claiming to eat fast food once per week or more.


Hash browns are worse than cheeseburgers

Hash browns from McDonalds

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Proportionately, hash browns contain more fat and calories than a cheeseburger or even a Big Mac. Think twice before ordering one for breakfast!


Strawberry milkshakes contain more than 50 different chemicals

Strawberry milkshake from Dairy Queen

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The strawberry flavoring is what contains the chemicals — some of which are even used in perfumes. We highly recommend making your own milkshakes at home. They’re chemical-free and contain just two ingredients — milk and ice cream.


Fast food restaurants aren’t slowing down anytime soon

Happy woman cooking at home

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Even though we know how bad fast food is for us, we still continue to choose to eat it time and time again. Why? Well, it’s easy, it’s convenient and it really doesn’t taste all that bad. Sometimes, after a long day’s work, the last thing we want to do is cook dinner. We challenge you, though, to give up fast food for one month. We guarantee you’ll feel better (and maybe even drop a few pounds!).

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