(Fast) food for thought… you’ll be shocked… or maybe not!

I have a story that NEEDS to be shared…

I recently attended a local PTA Council meeting and went to a special session on “Health & Nutrition”.  I had no idea what would be discussed, but having two young children, I’m always interested in the topic and how I can improve upon our overall health.

What I learned nearly made me fall off my chair.

burgrThe presenter began by asking everyone to pass around a plate that held a McDonald’s hamburger and Burger King fries.  My stomach churned at the thought, because we really avoid fast food (especially these two chains!).

When I was the (un)lucky recipient of the plate my stomach churned even more than expected.  Everything looked dried out and completely unappetizing… as if they had been sitting in a low-heat oven for a few hours.  (Note: they looked nothing like these photos!)

After the plate made its rounds, the presenter asked for thoughts about the “age” of the food.  Guesses ranged from a few hours to a few days.friese

Guess what?  That burger & fries were four and a half years old… yes, I said YEARS!

They had never been frozen, never been refrigerated, never received special “treatment”… they just sit around in their original containers.

The point?  There was no mold, no decay, no visible bacteria, no growing “green fuzzies”.  Nothing.

And what does this tell us? Essentially, these foods are so processed, so preserved, so lacking in enzymes and usable nutrition, that not even bacteria, mold or microbes could locate enough nutrients to develop and grow.  Can you, therefore, imagine was it does (or doesn’t do) for our bodies?!?

Enough said. The next time you’re looking for a “fast food”, grab a banana!

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10 thoughts on “(Fast) food for thought… you’ll be shocked… or maybe not!

  1. It’s a little crazy (and scary) to think about what some people put into their bodies.
    I may not be as healthy as I could, but avoiding fast food is one thing I’m glad I do, and I encourage everyone to do the same.
    Thank you for sharing this. It makes me happy I don’t eat fast food or meat in general.

  2. It’s a little crazy (and scary) to think about what some people put into their bodies.
    I may not be as healthy as I could, but avoiding fast food is one thing I’m glad I do, and I encourage everyone to do the same.
    Thank you for sharing this. It makes me happy I don’t eat fast food or meat in general.
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  3. Ewwww….that is incredibly and horribly disgusting. Makes me wonder how “healthy” are even the healthier options like Subway? Gross. Gross. Gross.

  4. Just so you know…I have no idea why that part of my post looks so weird??? It shows something about wonder woman. I have nothing to do it!

  5. This is shocking and such an amazingly graphic way to explain the problem. Wonder what the companies will have to say about this! Assuming it’s the truth (and I’ve become very skeptical in my old age), I would imagine when the word gets out (after all, personally I twittered and FBed about this piece), surely they will try to respond in some way?

  6. WOWEE! That is horrible! I have to admit, I try my hardest to avoid fast food and am disappointed in myself for having a weakness for a Big Mac. However, that story will forever be ingrained in my brain! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= OneGreenMommy´s last blog ..Paint Me Happy =-.

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