An announcement was made by McDonald’s in March 2015, which claimed that this company will start buying only chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. This change is supposed to take place within the next two years. In addition, they stated that they would begin using milk from cows that have not been treated with the artificial growth hormone rBST.
This decision is probably due to the downtrend of their sales, in order to improve the situation. This change means that not only will suppliers be scrambling to meet the demand, but other fast-food chains will also be considering a similar move. Similarly, restaurants like Panera Bread, Chipotle, and Shake Shack have already switched to antibiotic-free poultry and meat, which caused their former customers to flock to these competitors.
Although this is positive news, for without doubt, going antibiotic-free on their poultry is a step in the right direction, the fact is that McDonald’s is yet to make any changes to its meat – which is actually loaded with a whole different host of problems.
Even if it is true that McDonald’s burgers do not contain preservatives or additives this does not erase the fact that McDonald’s meat actually comes from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
In these factory farms, cows and other livestock live in unsanitary and inhumane conditions. Moreover, they are also given antibiotics and growth hormones to make them grow faster and more resistant to disease. To speak in numbers, nearly 25 million pounds of antibiotics are administered to livestock in the US annually.
These antibiotics, along with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are transferred to customers every time they consume CAFO meat – and sometimes even through the animal manure used as crop fertilizer. Two million Americans become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year, causing at least 23,000 deaths.
One of the dangers brought by CAFOs are antibiotic-resistant diseases. What’s more, excessive exposure to antibiotics and regularly eating antibiotic-laced CAFO meats also harms our gastrointestinal health, predisposing to virtually any disease.
But these harmful effects do not stop here
Have you ever wondered about the long life of their foods? McDonald’s patty’s long life may be because of its sodium content, but that cannot be the case with their bun, however. Bread typically stays fresh for several days, but there is no such bread that can stay mold- free for years. Yet that’s exactly what happened with the McDonald’s bun.
Namely, the McDonald’s bun is not even close to freshly baked bread you make at home. It is only a “bread-like” concoction that bears no actual resemblance to natural bread, despite the appearance, normally. Below are given the ingredients used in McDonald’s buns. These ingredients should clearly offer clues as to why the burgers stay blemish-free and “fresh” for years.
“Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Wheat Gluten, Leavening (Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate), May Contain One or More Dough Conditioners (Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Calcium Peroxide), Calcium Propionate (Preservative).”
This should be alarming, for you can clearly predict the potential health effects you can experience if you consume a McDonald’s hamburger. For instance, ammonium sulfate is known to cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea due to gastrointestinal irritation. Moreover, calcium sulfate, also known as plaster of Paris, can possibly cause digestive problems.
In addition to the hamburgers, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets also came under fire after it was found that its contents are full of ingredients that no sane person would ever think of cooking with. Namely, only 50 percent of the nuggets is actually chicken, and the rest is a mixture of corn derivatives, leavening agents, sugars, and completely synthetic ingredients.
Even their fries were discovered to contain toxic ingredients. While French fries in the UK only are simply potatoes fried in sunflower or rapeseed oil, the fries that Americans get contain TBHQ; antifoaming agents, color stabilizers, and preservatives. They also contain beef flavor that’s made with wheat and milk derivatives. This is why they carry an allergy warning for those with wheat and dairy sensitivities.
The McRib pork sandwich, on the other hand, was also investigated. Underneath the “tasty, tangy barbecue sauce,” the researchers found that the pork was nothing more than restructured meat product – made from all the cheap innards and cast-offs of a pig. What is even worse, one of its ingredients is azodicarbonamide, a chemical used to bleach the flour bread… but is also used in making gym shoes and yoga mats. So, would you order McRib pork sandwich once more?
Just recently, Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College, London, wanted to learn what happens to your gut if you ate only McDonald’s for 10 straight days. His son, Tom, agreed to do the experiment and sent stool samples to different labs throughout the 10-day period.
The results were disastrous. After just 10 days, the stool samples revealed that his gut microbes were “devastated” – about 40 percent of his bacteria species, amounting to over 1,400 different types, experienced a severe loss, which further on acts as a risk factor to obesity and diabetes.
The gut is the second body brain, for 80 percent of the immune system lie in it. There are nearly 100 trillion bacteria, both good and bad, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms, that compose your body’s microflora. In case you upset this delicate balance, you become predisposed to a wide range of health problems, because these organisms play a crucial role in your mental and physical health.
“SuperSize Me,” is a documentary by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. In it, he documented the consequences effects of consuming nothing but fast food. After only four weeks, Spurlock’s health had deteriorated so badly, that his physician warned him to stop the experiment or he’ll be putting his life in grave danger.
Processed Foods Are a Threat to Your Health
People should stop glorifying processed foods and fast foods because of their taste and convenience. All kinds of processed foods and fast foods can absolutely wreak havoc on your health, since they are excessively high in sugars, grains, and factory farmed meats – a recipe for chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Instead, these cause numerous consequences to your health, including:
Exposure to a toxic concoction of foreign chemicals and artificial flavors
extra calories that bring no benefit to your body
They can severely harm your children, whose bodies are still developing and are in greater need of nutrients
These foods are a waste of money – in fact, they may even lead to increasedhealthcare bills for you and your family
At least, try to compose your diet to be 90 percent non-processed, organic whole foods, and your body will be enjoying its health.
Healthy, Homemade Foods
Your healthy diet should become an essential part of your lifestyle. First, try to find a trustworthy source of grass-fed meats, raw dairy, and free-range chicken and eggs, and you can provide all the healthy food for your family.
Then, you should appoint a person, of yourself, to cook for the entire family. This means that more time should be invested in the kitchen for preparing healthy meals. Try to find new, interesting recipes with healthful, all-natural ingredients that are sure to uplift your wellbeing.
What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a McDonald’s Hamburger ?4.55Josh Murdoch An announcement was made by McDonald’s in March 2015, which claimed that this company will start buying only chicken raised without antibi...