Five Fast Food Facts That Will Shock You into Eating Healthy

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There’s no denying the appeal of fast food. It’s quick, easy, and, with all its grease and fat, tastes really darn good most of the time. We live in a culture nowadays that’s all about getting things done as quickly as possible so that we can move on to the next activity in our schedule or box on our check list, and this type of thinking has now even affected the way we buy and consume food.

However, there is some information out there that may surprise you about fast food, and I’m not just talking about the typical “this isn’t good for you” speech. Here are five fast food facts that will shock you into eating healthy.

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Fast food can affect your brain

Even though most people reasoning against fast food is more related the physical exterior of a person (aka – people don’t want to gain weight), the most dangerous side effect of fast food may be that it can shrink your brain. This all due to trans fat, which studies have shown that too much of it can cause the type of brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. When you eat food, you mainly think about how it will affect your heart or your weight or your cholesterol. No one ever thinks that the wrong food can damage your brain – it’s terrifying.

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Fertilizer Milkshakes 

Strawberry milkshakes are my favorite kind of milkshakes, but I’m certainly never going to get one from McDonalds or Dairy Queen. Reportedly, strawberry milkshakes from both of those fast food chains contain more chemicals than a conventional fertilizer. At least 50 chemicals have been found in the milkshakes, most of them coming from the strawberry flavoring. So unless your insides are part grass and need the extra fertilizer, I think it’s smart choice to stay away from strawberry milkshakes at fast food restaurants.

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The McMeat Mixture

I’ll never understand why people would ever eat the McRib. I mean just look at the picture above – the sandwich looks disgusting. Turns out there’s an actual reason for that – the McRib is made from “restructured meat product,” which comes from pig innards, tripe, heart, and scalded stomach. All that, plus an enormous amount of salt and water (which act as type of glue ensuring that the “meat mixture” stays together), is what you’ll find in a McRib. Plus another 60-something odd ingredients (70 in total), like azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent used in the production of foamed plastics like yoga mats. Sounds delicious. I know I like bleach in my barbecue sauce.

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The Taco Bell Dessert Salad

This fact made me laugh more than it made my jaw drop. It just makes sense that Taco Bell’s taco salad, the one item on their menu that they could  try to push as a “healthy alternative” is actually one of the worst options on their menu. Taco Bell’s Fiesta Taco Salad (with beef) contains more grams of fat than 16 average Boston crème pies. 42 grams of fat in one salad. Let that sink in again – it’s a salad.

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Fecal Fountain Soda

This is by far the grossest fact on this list and is going to force me to bring bottled water next time I go into any fast food restaurant. Apparently, traces of fecal matter have been found in fast food fountain soda. That’s right – you may be drinking fecal matter when you get that large Coke with your fries. And if that’s not enough to deter someone from consistently eating fast food, well, then I honestly don’t know what will.

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Chris is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and FIlm. He has been writing for TVOvermind and Uncoached for two years and has written about numerous different television shows and pop culture topics. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13).
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