Why You Should Avoid Fast Food at All Costs

Why You Should Avoid Fast Food at All CostsIt is no secret that the average American diet is completely in the slumps. Consuming packaged foods, fast food, artificially enhanced products, and especially low quality cheap food is the norm, but is it any wonder that being overweight while also falling victim to a host of illnesses is also the norm. Being raised in this era of poor health makes it difficult to know what is truly healthful and unhealthful. Food has drastically changed since decades ago, and so parents often aren’t aware of the severe decline in food quality. Fast food in particular is one of the primary reasons for the drastic health decline seen today.

Why You Should Avoid Fast Food at All Costs

If you haven’t already, take a couple of hours to watch the films Super Size Me or Fast Food Nation. After watching these films, you can see first hand how fast food causes severe damage to your body – even if you don’t consume it for every meal of every day like in one of the films. Fast food is nothing but a concoction of harmful and health-damaging chemicals which can easily be understood if you were to think for a moment how any restaurant could offer a double cheeseburger for only $1.

Most recently it was uncovered that these $1 cheeseburgers, along with the rest of McDonald’s’ beef and chicken, were actually harnessing ‘pink slime’ scrap meat covered with ammonium hydroxide. Not only does this fake meat provide no nutritional value at all, but it is chemically contaminated from ammonia, the toxic cleaning agent found under the sink. The meat is actually fat trimmings and connective tissue that are separated from the bone – scrap meat that is not fit for human consumption. The ammonia treatment is in response to the danger of contamination from salmonella or E. coli, but the scrap meats themselves are more likely to contain pathogens. Despite the chemical treatment, the meat is still in the line of fire for contamination.

Additionally, McDonald’s McNuggets contain 7 different ingredients making up the ‘meat’, many of which contain sub-ingredients. Instead of using real meat, the ingredient list utilizes sodium phosphate, safflower oil, wheat starch, dextrose, and autolyzed yeast extract – a particularly dangerous substance very similar to the toxic MSG. Along side with these ingredients comes the use of dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicon substance used as an anti-foaming agent and often found in breast implants and silly putty.

Of course the use of these ingredients is not limited only to McDonald’s. In fact, all of the fast food restaurants are guilty of using them. The worst part? They are aware of the destructive nature behind these ingredients, but truly couldn’t care any less. The truth behind such a statement can be exemplified by Taco Bell’s attempt to create a drive-thru diet where individuals would supposed to lose weight by eating fast food. It was only a few years ago when Taco Bell announced the “Drive-Thru Diet”, where they showcased their foods low in fat. But what they don’t tell you is that even if their food has 9 grams of fat, it is still made up of numerous ingredients contributing to the global health decline.

While the reasons for the influx of fast food consumption are many, one primary one is the usage of psychological advertising. Being one of the most powerful tools to reach both the conscious and subconscious, advertising plays a huge role in how society is ran today, and that includes which foods we eat. What’s more, children are much more influenced by what they see and hear, and research proves it. A study conduced late in 2011 showed that 71 percent of children will choose junk food like french fries over apple slices when given coupons for each of them. The number dropped only to 55 percent when parents encouraged children to choose the apple slices. But the desired reach does not stop at direct advertising and influence.

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39 Responses to "Why You Should Avoid Fast Food at All Costs"

  1. Kevin Velasco  September 24, 2012 at 1:41 am

    As long as fast food corporations have money to pay for advertising, there will always be a demand for fast food.

    • Nathan  May 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

      As long as people remain stupid and lazy, there will always be a demand for fast food.

  2. aj  September 24, 2012 at 2:38 am

    In NZ, Mcdonalds use real chicken for the nuggets and beef batties are pure beef, but spose we pay for it tho, a cheeseburger is 2.40, and a big mac combo is 7.90

  3. Ryan  September 24, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Lets not forget that corn is in everything, whether hidden as dextrose, maltodextrin, thickening agent 1422, or in the mix outright as cornmeal, corn flour, or corn starch – and corn is an untested genetically modified food (until recently, where it was shown to cause reproductive damage) that is nutritionally deficient at best.

    • Cathryn d  May 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Not to mention now all the animals are all being fed that gmo corn!

  4. Nick Carlough  September 24, 2012 at 3:20 am

    LOL Toxic MSG. If your going to unveil the facts about something dont discredit yourself with BS People wont take you as seriously as they should.

    • smi  November 19, 2012 at 4:45 am

      anything is toxic in the right quantity…

    • cwtaeugene  May 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Msg causes my wife to hive up at first, then the breathing stops and the fits start. I’d say that’s pretty fucking toxic

    • Ian  May 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Free glutamates (the G in MSG, and the only reason it’s a problem) are a well documented neurotoxin. And yes, you’re right, after your post I’m not inspired to take you seriously :-)

  5. TC  September 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

    …Stop laughing and start reading Nick. MSG is toxic. People don’t take ignorant comments lightly.

    • Christopher Weir BBioMedSc, MMolBiol, Ph.D.c  January 9, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Dose maketh the poinson. Basic pharmacology.

  6. billyb  September 24, 2012 at 6:31 am

    sorry but this article is completely false in its statements and is the biggest lie and bollocks i have ever read…… have you not got anything better to do….. I LOVE FAST FOOD and i am 75……… its done no harm to me.

    • jack  January 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Yeah, right. Troll.

    • dmk  January 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Well my family loved to smoke and they all died withing 8months of each other.Age 61, 62, 64. Keep on eating that fast food and enjoy. I hope your death is a kind one.

    • warner3  May 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Thanks for the case study Billy, truly amazing, maybe we should publish it?

    • Julie F (@jezebel1975)  May 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

      lol. Yeah right. I don’t know a single 75 year old that can operate a computer, much less post a comment on a message board. Nice try, though, really.

  7. Dan RibLey  September 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Billyb, I think it has harmed your brain and you couldn’t ever notice. I feel bad for you. The ads did what they were supposed to, convince you that you’re fine. If you were naturally going to live up to 100 with fast food you can merely live say 5 more years? If you’re 75 now, how have u been eating this shit? If not too long ago, wait and you’ll see, if yes, my assumption is right, your mind has brain has been successfully washed… congrats.

  8. Dan RibLey  September 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

    (Correcting typos) Billyb, I think it has harmed your brain and you couldn’t even notice. I feel bad for you. The ads did what they were supposed to, convince you that you’re fine. If you were naturally going to live up to 100, with fast food you might merely live say 5 more years? If you’re 75 now, how long have u been eating this shit? If not too long ago, wait and you’ll see, if yes, my assumption is right, your brain has been successfully washed… congrats

  9. afroe  September 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    The unfortunate thing is that the older generation isn’t affected like the younger generations of today. Long life can be a result of good genetics, but the overconsumption of fake foods, artificial sugars, factory meats, and the like are causing cellular and genetic weakness at an ever increasing rate. Wake up – an 8 year old just DIED because of Ovarian Cancer, and kids are coming out of the WOMB with atheresclerosis (heart disease). Just because billyb grew up not eating fast food doesn’t mean it won’t catch up to him. The biggest thing to focus on is everyone now who is affected and will be seeing disease shortly, because the statistics sure prove it’s still increasing faster than ever. Only someone who is deluded or driven by money could ignore the link between our diets and the obesity/disease/sickness going on. If you feel like healing yourelf naturally, though, visit http://mandybloomsraw.com It’s actually easy to reverse this damage.

  10. Emil  September 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

    In Norway a big mac is pure norwegian beef. It also costs approx. 20 USD

    • Christopher Weir BBioMedSc, MMolBiol, Ph.D.c  January 9, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Not according to this. I am not calling you a liar, I am just saying there is a discrepancy.

  11. chris  September 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Real unadulterated whole foods is currently an added expense to a household food budget. I will pay more for whole non-gmo but can’t afford a Utopian diet. Pastured meat and eggs runs at 4-5x the cost ie. the non-gmo corn grits I just purchased was almost 6 bucks vs the buck and a half that I could have paid. Organic vegetables easily run at 2-3x cost of non-organic. Real food is currently a burden on a pocket book and may soon become an outright luxury unless we are to plan our food budget to incorporate the added expense. Farmer’s markets will always be a safe haven for farm fresh, safe, meat and produce..

    • annie  November 19, 2012 at 5:02 am

      It looks more expensive at first: organic veggies and fruits have shown higher nutritive value – meaning you need to eat less of them than usual. Also, if you avoid buying anything packaged and processed, this alone will save you alot. Most people spend more or juice, sodas, and cookies than on their veggies. Another point is that is far better to eat a pound of organic mean once a week, than eat a pound a day of improperly fed, medicated beef. Again, focus on quality not quantity, and remember that you dont actually need as much as you do with regular foods. ideal diet would be based on lots of veggies, lots of beans and legumes, some fruit, some meat, and some nuts and other healthy oils. Notice no whole grains or whatever other latest marketing gimmick. I dont find the diet expensive, but i do find it challenging in a sense that you gotta start getting a bit creative when it comes to cooking, find the time for it, and fight the sugar cravings

    • Collin  May 13, 2013 at 2:29 am

      In addition to what annie said, have you priced cancer lately?

  12. mad5555  September 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This is very ignorant, check out the documentary ‘Fat Head’. He exposes all of Morgan Spurlock’s bullshit when making super size me. He averaged over 5000 calories per day….But, you cannot average that many calories eating supersize meals for every meal, unless you have desert with breakfast and lunch also. Full of lies and his agenda.

    The guy in Fat Head eats nothing but fact food for 30 days, loses weight and improves his health, by making educated food choices. The bigger issue is processed foods, and the governments refusal to explain how carbohydrates are what makes people fat. Why? Because lobbyists for the big food companies (Kraft, Hormel etc), and lobbyist for corn and grain producers. Not to mention, the medical industry, and pharmaceutical companies would block any effort at making the country healthier.

    Wake up, and quit blaming the fast food industry. The makers of easy-mac and chicken nuggets from the frozen food section are just as much to blame. Actually, no they arent, you can start with the inventors of the food pyramid, the gov’t who subsidizes corn production to the point of where we could never use the amount of corn every year. High fructose corn syrup and other bi-products among other contributions are whats leading to such a decrease in the american health system.

    • smi  November 19, 2012 at 4:51 am

      well, we had the right to blame them before when we didnt know what went into the patty, but now we can only blame ourselves if we still buy there. Also, weight loss is irrelevant to a healthy diet. You could lose weight by eating a bar of chocolate and drinking tea. doesnt make is a diet that isnt down right dangerous

    • soap  January 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Excellent post. People need to know it. Keep up the good work!

  13. Jess  November 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    OR, you could stop pointing fingers at anyone at all, other than yourself. It all starts with you. Educate yourself and do what you think is right for you. And what is right for me is what we ate hundreds of years ago before all of this “convenience food” came about. That silly commercial that has the lady in it saying “You are what you eat,” is not so silly to me. Educate yourself. Also, you shouldn’t be mad at someone for their opinion, as what you should concern yourself with is YOU. Take care of you in every aspect of your well being (mind, body & spirit) and you will find that others will follow in your footsteps as they will see your happiness. It’s a great feeling. :)

  14. Monica  May 13, 2013 at 2:14 am

    What of we started a fast food place that is completely organic and listed all the ingredients in the food, complete with a drive thru? It’s the convenience factor that keeps people going back all the time, mindlessly eating this poison. I would even start it up myself if I enjoyed the idea of working in the food industry.

    • Natalie  May 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      In Austin, we have several organic fast food places complete with a drive thru and a play ground. They seem to do pretty well here. when we are away from home and the kids are hungry, i would rather take my kids to the organic fast food restaurants than the ones who don’t sell real food.

  15. warner3  May 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    We haven’t lived through a whole generation with this type of consumption. Wait till the newborns of today are exposed to the chemicals before birth to right up to an elderly age!

  16. dallas123  May 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

    A long time ago, 30 years ago, hamburgers were made with real beef. The chili was made by hand, everyday, using real beef and tomato sauce and spices and of course, beans. The beans may have been canned, but we would wash them thoroughly, riding the bean juice completely. The produce was all fresh. I know because I prepared it every morning 5 days a week, using a tomato/onion slicer. There lettuce was farm fresh. The restaurant: Wendy’s. I think they still might them the same way. I had one last month and it was well made a tasted fresh and good. There French Fries were good, fried in vegetable, and better than average salt to sprinkle all of them, And of course there was the frosty, ice cold dairy, but not overtly sweet.
    Mc Donalds, Burger King or Taco Bel! are the past. Wendy’s and In and Out Burger are all the last inexpensive places to get hight quality fast food. Thats the future

    The location of the Wendy’s were I worked was just off Boulder Highway and Flamingo

  17. Melanie Stewart  May 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Old news but of course good to review as obviously it needs some exposure.

  18. Gianna Bruce  May 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I am not a proponent of smoking let me say that right off the bat. However, I was shocked recently to learn that even though people in Europe smoke up to 3X as much as Americans they have a lower cancer rate. On my latest trip to Italy, I was discussing this fact with a local restaurant owner there. One of the huge differences in the US and Europe is that there aren’t as many GMO’s or Fast food places there. NOW, I am NOT saying that smoking is OK or safe under any circumstances but if the cancer rate is lower for people who smoke more but have the same amount if not more air pollution than we do then what is the variation of component for the cancer rate? We must look toward the quality of the food and water..Its easier for the body to rid itself of the toxins from the smoke if it doesn’t have to deal with the food toxins. Now, please don’t yell at me about this, I’m not a smoker, I don’t condone smoking and I’m not saying that you can smoke if you eat right. Smoking is horrible! It was simply an observation that I recently made… That’s it. However, with that being said, I don’t understand why the clean food topic causes such an uproar in people. It makes sense. If you eat food that has chemicals in it or has been modified your body will then have that in its system and can’t function properly so bad things happen. Honestly, its just common sense. You wouldn’t fill a cars gas tank with muddy water and expect it to run. Or put Bleach ( for example) in its oil tank. You know those things aren’t good for the car. But what if you did, all sorts of bad things would happen to the engine. Eventually, it would freeze up and stop working all together; it would die! The same is true for our bodies. Chemicals and GMO’s are bad for our bodies… That’s really it in a nutshell…

  19. Liz  May 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Great article, but it needs references. Where did this information come from? Please cite your sources.

  20. JSS  May 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I wonder why exercise and active living doesn’t feature in this article. Also, I would encourage the readers to watch the movie FatHead for more experiments on fast foods.
    Finally, as Liz said, without references, it is hard to discern facts from opinion/rumors.

    Finally, anything can become toxic in excess and this is the reason various governments across the globe have regulation limiting the presence of various substances. It may come as a surprise, but excessive consumption of even vitamins and minerals can prove to be deadly.

  21. Rachael  May 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Gianna Bruce, I love your analogies! I’m definitely going to start using those on a few people in my life who need more convincing about what they eat. Muddy water in the gas tank!
    Thank you, seriously – this will help my argument, Cheers :)

    • Francesca Fiore  May 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Agreed, the real bummer is these processed crap foods pitched as “diet” or “health food” that can often be far from it and worse than eating a package of bacon

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