It has been decades now, as nutritionists and food experts talk about the negative impact that processed and junk food has on our health.
However, people find it difficult to get rid of this nasty habit and incorporate a proper nutrition in their lives. This is due to the fact that fast food is pretty addictive and tasty, but is also life threatening and leads to countless health conditions.
An occasional cheat day may be just fine; still, a regular nutrition based on processed food is quite hazardous.
Fast food is actually severely based on sodium, hidden sugars, sodium and fat. These combined are the worst compounds to consume and could provoke disease like obesity, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
To prove the health risks of fast food, Grant Imahara, the famous Mythbuster, paid a visit to the McDonalds fry factory. He paid extra attention on the French fries preparation and inspected their content during the process.
What he found were a total of 15 harmful ingredients used in the frying process. Even more, these substances are proven to be leaders in causing serious health problems such as, brain damage, autoimmune disorders and others.
If you are interested in the actual McDonald’s French fries content, here it is:
- Hydrolyzed wheat
- Sodium acid pyrophosphate
- Natural beef flavor
- Hydrolyzed milk
- Hydrogenated soybean oil
- Soybean oil
- Canola oil
- Hydrogenated oil
- Citric acid
In case you are unfamiliar with these terms, we are here to warn you about the top three most threatening names listed above: TBHQ, dimethylpolysiloxane and hydrogenated soybean oil.
First, Dimethylpolysilioxane is usually used in the hair products industry, and is often noticed in silly putty and aquarium tank sealants. This contains loads of formaldehyde, responsible for causing allergies, brain damage, autoimmune diseases and, ultimately, cancer.
Second, hydrogenated soybean oil belongs to the group of unhealthy trans fats, which are known to be a huge health threat for humans. Two studies conducted in the USA stated that 100 000 deaths in the States could be prevented if this compound was eliminated from people’s daily menus.
Then, there is the TBHQ, short from tertiary butylhydroquionone. This compound found in the making of French fries, is added to numerous foods to prevent their spoiling. Shockingly, TBHQ is regularly used in the production of perfumes and bio diesel.
Makes you rethink your entire eating regime, doesn’t it?