What is it &
Why should you avoid it?
The number one reason to say NO to fast food – the “meat”.
I say “meat” because it isn’t necessarily confirmed that what you’re consuming is actually meat. Unless you live under a rock you’re probably aware that the beef used at Taco Bell is actually only 35% real ground beef. Yum, right? Citric acid, potassium chloride, trehalose, cellulose, maltodextrin, artificial flavor, sodium phosphates, caramel color, cocoa powder, lactic acid, modified corn starch. Yeah, that’s all in your taco bell “beef”.
You’ve probably heard all the fuss about MSG, too. Some companies are bragging that their food is now MSG-free, but they’re usually just substituting it with something that works the exact same way. MSG is the go-to meat flavoring and has the power to overload your body’s nerves to the point of toxicity. And it stimulates your appetite which can lead to binging.
What else is in this so-called meat? High fructose corn syrup. Nothing like pumping some liquid sugar straight into the meat mixture that will soon become your burger. The standard burger has about 10 grams of sugar in it. I don’t know about you, but when I make my own hamburger patties at home, sugar is not in the recipe. And everything is just loaded with sodium. But salt makes everything taste better! Yeah, remember that when you’re thirty years old and have high blood pressure or heart disease.
What else is (indirectly) pumped into your burger? Antibiotics. The animals that are raised on these factory farms for use by fast food companies need antibiotics in order to survive the awful living conditions. Half of the time they’re living in their own feces and then when they’re slaughtered they are “mechanically separated,” meaning that the scraps that should be thrown away (fat, blood vessels or nerves, to name a few) may end up in your dinner.
And you think if you’re a vegetarian and don’t eat this “meat” you’re safe? Wrong. The frying oils used by most fast food joints includes tertiary-butylhydroquinone (TBHG) which has a similar chemical makeup to skin-bleaching agents and lighter fluid. It may keep the oil from spoiling, but it sure is spoiling your body.
But you’re going to be healthy and order a taco salad instead of that crunch wrap supreme at Taco Bell, so it’s totally fine! Ha, think again. Just because it’s called a salad doesn’t mean its healthy. Their taco salad with beef has a whopping 780 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat, 42 grams of fat, 1,590 milligrams of sodium, and 57 grams of carbohydrates. And just because you’re ordering a sub from Jimmy Johns that isn’t fried like other fast food, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for you. Don’t fall for the tricks.
Okay, so if you’re not convinced that fast food is bad, you should do your own little experiment. Keep eating it and see if you end up with diabetes, heart disease or some other chronic condition caused by the regular consumption of these awful “foods”. If you want to kick the habit, here’s a few tips.
QUIT COLD TURKEY. Just say no. Don’t wean yourself off, that’ll just make you miss it more. Fast food is laced with hormones and opiates that play tricks on your brain and make you feel dependent on it. But after a while you won’t even crave it, I promise.
MAKE YOUR OWN VERSIONS AT HOME. You can easily recreate the same items you would get at a fast food joint in a much healthier, and fresher way. You can use quality ingredients that aren’t stripped of all nutritional value and actually make something that tastes better. Hmmm, imagine that!
AVOID GOING TO FAST FOOD JOINTS, even if you’re just tagging along with friends and you’re not going to eat. It’ll make you miss it, you’ll start to crave it all over again, and then you’re back in that bad cycle. Keep healthy snacks in your purse that you can whip out if it’s absolutely unavoidable.
MAKE DINNER A FAMILY EVENT. Start a tradition. So, you used to stop and grab value meals for the family from McDonald’s or a bucket of fried chicken from KFC? How about you cook a meal together and sit down at the table and enjoy it while catching up. Get rid of the phones, turn of the television, and stop eating while you’re driving somewhere. Have some quality time with your family.