What's in today's meats and fast food.
What's in today's meat, and fast food. Just thought you all should know a little bit about what you're really eating when you go to a fast food place. Shouldn't you want to know what you're about to eat before you eat it?
- SICKENING FACTS:
- So often, people have reported finding strands of hair and flies in their burgers. And it’s definitely not once a while experience. What about those which were actually not found and ended up inside your stomach because you were too busy to notice them?
- Former fast food workers say that it’s common to blend cockroaches and other bugs into dairy deserts.
- For his documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock puts several McDonald’s entrees into separate glass containers to find out how they will decompose. He does the same thing with a burger and fries from a local non-chain restaurant. After two weeks, the burger and fries from the restaurant are covered in mold and oozing as expected, but the McDonalds Big Mac and fries look eerily pristine. Five weeks in, the regular burger and fries are unidentifiable, the Big Mac is molding, but the McDonald’s fries still look perfect.Two months later, nearly everything is black with mold except the fries, which appear as fresh and perky as the day they were bought, as if they were made of plastic. The experiment begs the question: “How long do they last in your stomach?"
- In a 1996 study, the FDA found that nearly 79 percent of ground beef has microbes that are primarily spread through fecal matter. As Schlosser puts it: “There’s shit in the meat.”
- The problem of cattle spreading bacteria to humans is partly due to the conditions that cattle are raised. They live in close quarters where contagious infections multiply and they eat foods that make them unhealthy. Cows’ digestive systems are meant for grass but instead, cattle are often raised on corn and high-protein feeds made from rendered animals. Mad Cow Disease prompted a ban on feeding cattle dead cow remains, but the FDA still permits horse, poultry, and pig remains, as well as cow blood in cattle feed.
- The pathogens are also spread at slaughterhouses. If a worker carelessly removes the digestive systems from a cow carcass, manure and dirt can spill onto the meat. The workers are often poorly trained and under extreme time pressures, making mistakes more likely. Grinding the meat spreads the contamination from the meat of one cow to hundreds.
- The waste products from poultry plants, including the sawdust and old newspapers used as litter, are also being fed to cattle. About 3 million pounds of chicken manure were fed to cattle in 1994. Chicken manure may contain dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, parasites such as tapeworms and Giardia lamblia, antibiotic residues, arsenic, and heavy metals.
- The meat is shoveled into carts, and some of the men who do the shoveling would not go through the trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one -there were things that went into the sausage in comparison with which a poisoned rat was a tidbit. The routine slaughter of diseased animals, the use of chemicals such as borax and glycerine to disguise the smell of spoiled beef, the deliberate mislabeling of canned meat, the tendency of workers to urinate and defecate on the kill floor.
- The fast food industry has worked hard to engineer foods that will appeal to our every sense with manufactured flavorings, color, and what’s called mouthfeel—the texture, weight, and consistency. Companies—often the same ones that make perfumes—mix the chemicals that give our processed food their flavors.
- There are over one hundred chemicals that make up the standard strawberry flavor in a milkshake. The flavoring for proprietors is kept secret. Typical artificial strawberry flavor, like the kind found in a Burger King strawberry milkshake, contains approximately 50 unrecognizable ingredients. The irony of it all? Not one ingredient is the actual fruit. Although the strawberry flavor arises from a mixture of many different chemicals, a single compound supplies the dominant aroma.
- What do they do with all the extra cow parts and trimmings that have traditionally been sold off for use in pet food? They scrape them together into a pink mass, inject them with a chemical to kill the e.coli, and sell them to fast food restaurants to make into hamburgers. That's what's been happening all across the USA with beef sold to McDonald's, Burger King, school lunches and other fast food restaurants.
- The beef is injected with ammonia, a chemical commonly used in glass cleaning and window cleaning products. This is all fine with the USDA, which endorses the procedure as a way to make the hamburger beef "safe" enough to eat. Ammonia kills e.coli, you see, and the USDA doesn't seem to be concerned with the fact that people are eating ammonia in their hamburgers.
- This ammonia-injected beef comes from a company called Beef Products, Inc. As NYT reports, the federal school lunch program used a whopping 5.5 million pounds of ammonia-injected beef trimmings. This company reportedly developed the idea of using ammonia to sterilize beef before selling it for human consumption.
You can get the same effect by opening a can of dog food made with beef byproducts, spraying it with ammonia, and swallowing it. That is essentially what you're eating when you order a fast food burger.
- DON'T EAT FAST FOOD FRIES IF YOU'RE VEGETARIAN:
- For decades, McDonald’s used beef tallow to cook its fries. When the public started to worry about saturated fat, the company switched to vegetable oil, but it continues to use animal products to achieve the same flavor.
- McDonalds has refused to disclose what other ingredients they use.
- The taste of fast-food fries are determined not by the potato, but rather by the way the potato is cooked.
- Until very recently, McDonald's fries were cooked with 93 percent beef tallow, so the fries actually contained more saturated fat than a hamburger.
- Due to some bad publicity, the chain switched to vegetable oil in 1990. However, McDonald's still continues to use an ingredient it refers to as "natural flavoring," which it says comes from an animal, although it won't reveal which one.
- HORRIBLE FOR YOUR HEALTH: This list can go on and on, but I'll just list two things that stood out to me.
- A dough conditioner and bleaching agent, which was once widely used in bread baking, is considered a category 2B (possibly carcinogenic to humans) carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. In 1993, the World Health Organization recommended its removal from all foods, and though it has been banned in many countries, it's still permitted in the United States and Japan, where it continues to be used in buns at McDonalds, Burger King, Arby's, and Wendy's.
- Health guidelines clearly state that people should not consume more than 2 grams of trans-fat a day. But when you consume fast food, such as French fries, you can actually end up consuming about 7 grams of trans-fat. This is way too much and obviously not good for your heart.