Friday, 24 October 2014

5 Fast Food Restaurants that Are Ripping Americans Off


Fast food is an industry that has been directly linked to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The industry caters to the average person looking to eat cheap meals on the run, which creates a huge problem considering how busy people are and how Americans are truly hungry for nutritional foods. (1,2) New evidence shows that the fast food industry isn't just making Americans unhealthy, but it's also ripping Americans off in more ways than one. (3)

The 5 Fast Food Restaurants Ripping Americans Off


The U.K. has much stricter standards than the U.S. when it comes to fast food and nutrition. Many items that are offered here in the States aren't even allowed in the U.K. and other countries due to the dangerous ingredients these "foods" contain. (3)

McDonald's, Subway, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and Krispy Kreme all offer healthier menu items in the U.K. than those here in America. In addition, those in the U.K. contain far less GMOs, if any at all. For example, in the U.K. McDonald's now serves organic milk in their Happy Meals instead of conventional, hormone-laced and pesticide-filled milk sold here in the states. McDonald's in the U.K. produces fries that only contain three ingredients and are not fried in hydrogenated oil. McDonald's in America uses over ten ingredients, many of which are chemically derived and artificial. They also still use hydrogenated oil in the frying process. (3)

In the U.K., Subway's turkey and ham subs contain 56% less sugar and Starbucks uses 58% less sugar in their specialty lattes (including the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte) than those in America. Starbucks in the U.K. also doesn't add fake caramel coloring to any of their beverages like the U.S. establishments currently do. Krispy Kreme's donuts contain 52% less sugar in the U.K. and the donut is actually bigger! Pizza Hut now offers a free salad with their meals in the U.K. and their pepperoni pizzas contain 151% less sugar. (3)

Why Are Fast Food Companies Ripping Americans off?


This madness basically boils down to GMOs and cost. GMO sugar made from sugar beets is far less inexpensive to produce by anywhere from 25-50%. This means less costs for production, which means more net profit.  It also puts dollars in the pockets of those who have strong ties to GMO food production. Monsanto is the largest example, which is the GMO crop king of the United States. (3)

Americans can fight back with their dollars more than anything else. Avoid these fast food restaurants and all others by filling your body with raw, organic, nourishing foods that need no investigation or label to determine they're healthy for you. That's what real Happy Meals are made of, friends!

Sources for this article include:

(1) www.franchisehelp.com
(2) www.foodispower.org
(3) foodbabe.com

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