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Secrets You’d Rather Not Know About Your Fast Food


We all know fast food isn’t good for us. No one is unwrapping a McDonald’s cheeseburger with a proud smile for making a healthy lunch choice. But exactly how unhealthy these foods are goes way beyond their high fat and sodium content. Most of our favorite fast foods are hiding some secrets we would almost rather not know. Almost.

Not Cheese

As you may suspect, the processed cheese slices on your burger are not 100% cheese. However, you may be surprised to know that some of them contain absolutely no dairy at all!

La Fromagerie

Pink Slime

Several of your favorite fast food meat products contain large amounts of “pink slime,” a disturbing and unappetizing blend of processed meat trimmings and ammonia gas.

NPR

No Popcorn

If you are going to the first showing of the day at a cinema, steer clear of the popcorn: it’s most likely the previous day’s stale leftovers, not freshly-popped goodness.

Lifehacker Australia

Processed Lettuce

The salads are not immune to gross and weird additives: lettuce is often treated with multiple chemicals, including some found in antifreeze and personal lubricants, and in some cases may even be artificially colored.

Cooking Light

Refried Beans

The beans in your burrito were not freshly refried and mashed: they come to the restaurant in huge bags of brown mush, and some employees have described “gross white spots” running through the mixture.

Big Oven

No Ice

The ice in your soda could be the most unhygienic part of your meal: soda machines are rarely washed, and the resulting ice can be absolutely filthy.

ThoughtCo

Stale Chicken

Don’t order the “pulled barbecue” version of any chicken sandwich at a fast food joint: these are made with old, stale chicken which has been stripped and mixed with a strong sauce to mask the flavor.

Serious Eats

…And Stale Beef

While you’re at it, stay away from the chili. Much like the chicken sandwich example, fast food chili is often made with leftovers of old beef patties.

NYT Cooking

Old Oil

Some fast food employees have claimed that their restaurants re-use oil for several deep-fried products. While this is normal, some chains use oil up to two weeks old!

Filtercorp

Order Fresh

Lots of fast foods, particularly those made by the popular chains, tend to just sit out until an order arrives. The good news is you can ask for any item to be made “fresh” for you.

Taste

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