5 Things Fast Food Chains Don’t Want You to Know
Nowadays, fast food is the preferred choice, but how safe it is? Sometimes, the industry cut corners to make easy money, and one of those corners is your health. So, before you order your next cheeseburger and fries, here are some fast food facts that you ought to know.
- Fast food is meant to be eaten fast
It takes 20 minutes for your body to realize that you are already full. So the faster you eat your food, the more food you will buy and eat, because your body doesn’t know yet that you’re stuffed.
- Your iced drink is as contaminated as a toilet
Soda machines are particularly complicated to clean—if they are even cleaned. That’s why many restaurants clean them once in a blue moon, allowing bacteria and moulds to form. In a study, results show that 70% of the time, sodas from fast food chains is dirtier than toilets. There are also studies that a drink from a soda machine tested positive for E. coli, a bacteria usually found in human waste.
- There’s no actual grilling
Don’t be fooled by the grill marks found on fast food burgers and chicken slabs. They were purposely marked to make you believe that the food was licked by flames, though the truth is that they were not. The marks were painted with edible dyes or were stamped at the food factory, and then char and smoke flavourings are added to make the illusion more realistic.
- Fast foods look good for long
In a study, a photographer stored a McDonald’s fries and burger in a jar. A couple of months later, the fries and burger still looked edible, while the fries from KFC stored on the same day were already coated with moulds. This is because most fast food chains use a lot of sodium propionate to keep bacteria and mould off the food.
- There’s more in your salad than what you can see
Nowadays, fast food restaurants offer salads. But that doesn’t mean you can name every single ingredient that you can see in it. Did you see propylene glycol in there? Many chains dust their greens with such chemical to keep the greens crisp. The chemical is considered edible—and can also be found in anti-freeze additives and sexual lubricants.
As you can see, fast food chains aren’t as transparent as you think they are. While this may not be the case for all fast food restaurants in Singapore, these five points were reported too often. Do your research and be more observant next time and you might be surprised of the things you’ll learn.
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