Remember the food pills on The Jetsons?
If you grew up watching the show, you probably fantasized about having broccoli in pill form, just so sneaking the yucky vegetable to the family dog would be easier.
Actually, with the direction our food industry is headed, your childhood fantasy just might come true.
We’re already popping food pills. We have diet capsules, protein powder milkshakes, survival supplements, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
Real food is actually hard to find these days. An average loaf of sliced bread you’d find on a grocery store shelf has a long list of ingredients, most of them polysyllabic words even a scientist couldn’t roll off his tongue.
With the fast food phenomenon that has complemented our busy lives for decades, we seem to have lost sight of what we’re really putting into our bodies.
On any given day, you would find a whooping 25% of the American population at a fast food chain. By 2011, we had spent $110 billion on fast food. If we saved that kind of money, we could’ve built 65 space shuttles! Fast food giants become richer and richer just from serving us bogus burgers and fake fries.
Wait, what? Bogus burgers?
Yes. You read that right. A nice juicy burger is not always a real burger.
While we grill our burgers the old-fashioned way using ground beef and seasoning, McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food joints save money by adding pink slime to their burgers.
Yes, pink slime. It’s a filler from Beef Products, Inc. and it’s a combination of fatty meat scraps mainly used for pet food and cooking oil.
Because the scraps are at risk of being contaminated with pathogens, the fast food companies add ammonia to the pink slime.
Not only does a typical fast food burger contain ammonia and beef byproducts, it also has an alarming amount of carbon and nitrogen isotopes. In fact, A. Hope Jahren, a geobiologist who tested 480 servings of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and fries with co-author Rebecca Kraft, suggested that the high level of nitrogen isotopic in meat products was a result of animals consuming their own waste in extreme confinement. In rare cases, a fast food burger could even contain animal waste.
Eric Schlosser explains in his best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, that the fast food industry relies on their slaughterhouses to produce meat as quickly as possible, which results into sloppy work that leads to meat contamination.
When workers are forced to move quickly, they make mistakes. When they remove an animal’s hide or stomach contents, the animal’s manure could fall into the meat without anyone noticing. The contaminated meat is then ground up with a lot of other meat, made into beef patties, and sold at fast food joints.
What about French fries?
French fries aren’t that much better. French fries should contain potatoes, oil, and salt, but fast food restaurants pump a bunch of chemicals like dextrose, sodium acid, beef extract, and pyrophosphate into their fries, and then cook them in pure lard. One medium serving of McDonald’s French fries contains 370 calories.
Are chicken nuggets just as bad, too?
Not only is beef extract found in French fries, it’s in chicken nuggets as well. It is reported that McDonald’s chicken nuggets contain only 25% real chicken meat. The rest is just chicken blood, bones, and other body parts made into a paste to fill it all in.
If you’re still eating right now, we commend you for having such a strong stomach!
Know what’s even crazier?
Fast food is processed so much to the point that the flavor is destroyed and artificial flavor has to be added. For example, the ground beef in a Taco Bell taco doesn’t have real beef flavor – it has fake beef flavor. Crazy, right? Most fast food companies create artificial flavors at a series of special chemical plants in New Jersey.
Fast food is not real food, yet 1 in 4 people fill their stomachs with that stuff every day. It looks like the fast food industry is not going anywhere, and that’s pretty scary.