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What’s in Your Fast Food?

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We found this article very interesting. Originally posted by Elaine Furst on itThing.com: What’s in Your Fast Food?

Who among us doesn’t sometimes crave a  juicy, flavorful Big Mac or a tender, tasty Wendy’s Chicken Sandwich?  Well, if you were to analyze some of the bacteria, germs and God knows what else is crawling around your hamburger and other fast food meats, then you, my friend, would probably be better off going hungry!  Following is a list of the most popular fast food meats and the bacteria that could be habitating there right now!

Hot Dogs

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned hot dog with the works! Well, after reading this, you may just want to forget the ‘dog. Ever heard of listeria monocytogenes? Me neither, but after reading what eating a hot dog that is infected with it can do to you, I’m thinking I’m gonna pass on the ole’ wiener.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, a hot dog infected with listeria monocytogenes can cause fever, muscle aches and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.

If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur. Even with prompt treatment, some infections result in death. Uh, forget the hot dog, I’ll just take the bun and some relish!


Mmm, even though it’s not always on the diet plan, what soothes hunger pains more than a good ole’ juicy hamburger with all the fixins!  Well, how about penicillin, ivermerctin and copper?

How can that be, you ask? Well, according to a news report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), very easily apparently.  According to the report, the Office of the Inspector General found that the following common contaminates that can make their way into beef are not currently restricted in meat, even though these contaminants could seriously harm human health:

Flunixin, a veterinary drug that can cause kidney damage, stomach and colon ulcers and blood in the stool of humans.

Penicillin, a drug that can cause life-threatening reactions in people who are allergic to it.

Ivermectin, an animal wormer that can cause neurological damage in humans.

Copper, an essential element we need for our survival, is harmful when too much accumulates in our bodies. And it is being found in the beef we eat.

Make mine a burger with all the fixings but HOLD the burger!


Okay, so hot dogs are bad for you and hamburger isn’t much better. So how about a bucket of some good ol’ KFC chicken? Uh, think again (unless you’d like that chicken with a side of arsenic)! Say what?! That’s right, arsenic or arsenic-containing compounds are used in chicken feed to induce faster weight gain and create the appearance of healthy color in their meat.

Studies conducted by the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy discovered that there were detectable levels of arsenic in the majority of both supermarket and fast food chicken with higher levels found in brands of chicken raised conventionally.

Long-term exposure to small amounts of arsenic can cause cancer and nerve damage. Arsenic has also been found to contribute to heart disease, diabetes and a decline in mental functioning. Hmm, somehow southern fried arsenic doesn’t quite have the right ring to it.

If after reading this you still have a hankering for some fast food, I think it would be best to take the advice from the guy in the Dos Equis commercial: “Stay hungry my friends, stay hungry.”

Originally posted by Elaine Furst on itThing.com: What’s in Your Fast Food?

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