A 2004 study published in “The Lancet” found that eating fast food more than twice per week is linked to rapid weight gain, increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and sometimes fatal cardiovascular health problems.
Feathers of a duck
How have duck feathers become a viable ingredient in apple pie? Welcome to the world of food additives. People have been adding flavors, spices, natural preservatives and ripening agents to food since antiquity. But as the popularity of highly processed food has risen dramatically since the 1950s, so has the astounding array of bizarre chemical additives used in food manufacturing.
“Pink slime” (a dysphemism for lean finely textured beef or LFTB, finely textured beef,and boneless lean beef trimmings or BLBT) is a meat-based product used as a food additive to ground beef and beef-based processed meats, as a filler or to reduce the overall fat content of ground beef.In the production process, heat and centrifuges remove fat from the meat in beef trimmings.The resulting product is exposed to ammonia gas or citric acid to kill bacteria. In 2001, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the product for limited human consumption.
Silly patty plastic
There have been no major studies conducted on the safety of dimethylpolysiloxane in food by the FDA or the Food Industry since it was approved in 1998, but the food industry is allowed to use it in anything they want (except milk). Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches, McDonalds French Fries, KFC Mash Potatoes and Biscuits, Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists, Five Guys French Fries, Dominos Bread Sticks, and on and on – the list of guilty restaurants is mind-blowing.
They all serve burgers and fries, but what else do McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and other fast-food chains have in common? They all have items on their menus that contain wood pulp.According to the Los Angeles Times, several fast-food restaurants list cellulose in their nutrition information. Cellulose is a common additive used in processed foods and made of tiny plant fibers and wood pulp, but it is not digestible.
Petroleum-derived preservatives (TBHQ)
They use both of these ingredients in the oil in their fryers – but only in North America! TBHQ is a synthetic preservative that McDonald’s competitor Chick-fil-A is finally dumping, as it’s truly unnecessary. TBHQ is derived from petroleum and eating only 1 gram has been shown to cause all sorts of issues, from asthma to allergies, dermatitis, dizziness and it has even been linked to cancer.
Soil fertilizer (ammonium sulfate)
The soil fertilizer, also known as ammonium sulfate, is a chemical that is sold as “yeast food for bread”. It can be found in most of the bakery products.