The fast food industry is a multi-billion dollar market, selling billions of burgers every year. In order to keep up with this demand, factory farming is required, killing thousands of cows every hour. With this level of high productivity, there is bound to be the occasional mistake.
A recent study published in the Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, sheds an unappealing light on the food that we are consuming. The study reviewed 8 different popular fast food hamburger brands. Using histologic testing methods they discovered that of the samples, each contained a measly 2.1 – 14.8% actual meat content.
The off-putting discovery was made that these burgers also contain connective tissue, blood vessels, cartilage, plant material, peripheral nerve material, adipose tissue, and bone. These don’t offer much, if any, nutritional value.
Even worse, intracellular parasites were found, known as Sarcocystis. When an animal consumes food that is contaminated with the infected feces of another, it can become infected with Sarcocystis. This isn’t surprising considering the disgustingly harsh and unsanitary conditions of factory farming.
In reality, fast food burgers are comprised of little actual meat content, an average of the burgers tested was 12%. The burgers are mostly made up of water: water content ranged from 37.7% to 62.4%, with an average of 49%. The Sarcocystis were found in only 2 hamburgers, and no brain tissue was found in any sample.
Food industry research firm Technomic put together a list of the biggest fast food brands in America, and determined that the top 5 were: Burger King, Wendy’s, Starbucks, Subway and Mc Donalds in first place. The top 5 burger selling locations however: Mc Donalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, Sonic, and Arby’s.
Add this to the growing concern over fast food safety, after it was revealed that certain products were made with pink slime, and even contained horse meat. To make matters worse, the conditions the animals are kept under are highly condusive to generating vicious viruses and antibiotic resistant pathogens. Fast food restaurants however, continue to see millions of dollars in profit despite the growing health trends, and amid ever greater concern over their products. It appears as though one cannot be too certain as to what is contained in commercial food products.