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5 Disgusting Facts About Fast Food

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When you type in “fast food” on the Internet, the first results you get are a series of chain restaurants near you. In a world where our every day lives tend to be fast-paced we tend to rely on a type of food consumption that is just as fast. Unfortunately, fast food is less nutritionally valuable than whole plant-based foods, which you can prepare at home. Depending on where you live, plant-based restaurants may be more abundant than you realize.

 

As much as fast food may ease our hunger for a while and facilitate things when we are in a hurry, we should learn what is really behind the ingredients we consume. Here are 5 things you may want to know before you skip a nutritious meal and choose to step foot in a fast food establishment.

 

1. Are chicken nuggets really chicken? The short answer is yes, but researchers found that nuggets contain very little meat and, instead, are mostly leftover pieces of the bird, such as its bones, fat and tendons. Click here for more information on why it is beneficial to avoid chicken.

 

2. Fountain drinks are not only extremely fizzy and full of added sugar; 48 percent of soda fountains at fast food restaurants contain coliform bacteria—bacteria that commonly grow in feces. This study was done by a team of microbiologists at Hollins University, where they also reported that 11 percent of these fountains contained E. Coli, a bacterium responsible for intestinal sickness such as diarrhea, as well as urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, and pneumonia.

 

3. Fast food hamburgers contain meat from up to 100 different cows. After cattle are slaughtered, the cheaper bits are all tossed together into a machine for processing, where they are cut and mushed into pieces for sale, before given a pump of fat for good measure. Not to mention, burgers are flash frozen and contain preservatives to keep them from going bad.

 

4. Ever wondered why milkshakes at fast food chains taste so good? That is because they are pumped with chemicals aimed for a better look and a “better” artificial taste. These include artificial strawberry flavor, high fructose corn syrup, guar gum (also found as a thickening agent in lotions and creams), and sodium phosphate, (though seemingly harmless, getting too much phosphate from your diet could cause an imbalance between phosphorus and calcium in your body, increasing your risk for osteoporosis.)

 

5. A recent research study, focused on the egg-based breakfast sandwiches sold at some fast food places, has shown that they are made from a concoction of real eggs and what is called “premium egg blend.” This blend of preservatives and additives includes glycerin, a solvent found in soap and shaving cream, and calcium silicate, a solvent found in roofs and concrete.

 

Perhaps knowing what on goes behind the curtains of fast food chains will make us opt for healthier, more natural food choices that will benefit us in the long run.

 

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2006/apr/24/food.foodanddrink

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/fast-food-truths_n_4296243.html

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/20-disturbing-fast-food-facts-that-will-change-your-diet-forever.html

https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/index.html

2018-05-16T12:58:45+00:00

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    Q: I read somewhere that it is good to fast for about 16 hours, and then eat. I've tried this with success, and I want to do it again. Do you think (if I am breast feeding) this will be bad for my baby at all?

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    I don't recommend fasting while breastfeeding, beloved! Think nutrition, not cleansing!

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    Q: I will be starting a fast for Ramadan in August. What suggestions do you have for cleansing during fasting? I do not eat meat except, fish 1-2 times a week. I've been having problems with gas after eating, even fruits or veggies. I usually have 2-3 bowel movements per day. I am a 56 year old male with good health, except for my problems with gas, varicose veins and leg cramps especially during fasting.

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    Cleanses for Ramadan should be LIQUID-based i.e. Liquid Full Body Detox, or perhaps drinking herbal teas i.e. Detox Tea. To combat or counter your gas (flatulence), start consuming Activated Charcoal (Carbon) 1 teaspoon in a glass of water daily (anytime of the day you feel like it). Work on your colon too. We suggest you try our 10-Day Supreme Colon Cleanse to help this problem of gas.

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    The RAW FOODS diet is 50% of the FULL BODY DETOX! It won't work without following the diet!

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    A:

    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at www.theveganeffect.com. I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

    Here are some other tips to get started.

    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try meetup.org or 30bananasaday.com 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

    Bridge: raw bar, handful of nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

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    Q: My wife and I started your Full Body Detox 9 days ago. Things are going well but in reference to the "raw food" diet we have gone a few times to some raw food restaurants such as Leaf & Raw. Are they O.K.? Secondly, are there some nuts to stay away from and is there a limit to how much you should consume?

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    Raw food restaurants sell RAW FOODS. That's recommended during the Full Body Detox. No problem here! Read our article WHAT IS RAW FOODS. The only nuts you might want to stay away from are peanuts. Glad to hear the detox I going swell!

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    You can absolutely do the master cleanse for 10 days. You should keep exercise to a minimum during the fast. Stop if illness occurs or you feel exhausted of course.

    Although weight-loss occurs during fasting it is not a long term solution to weight loss. Most cleanses achieve the 1 lb a day weight loss depending on water weight lost. Juice fasting is another route to go. You should consider a dietary program such as a low fat high raw vegan diet for sustainable fat loss.

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    Q: How often should one eat cook food? I'm a vegan, I do not consume any meat, seafood, milk what so ever. I eat water cresses like everyday so as cook food. Like white rice with black bean sauce, spinach, and pasta at time's I'll eat some Chinese fried rice, veggie roll, steamed vegetables, any advice?

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    You can eat cooked food as much as you like. However, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense raw foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, into your diet to make sure you are receiving an adequate amount of nutrients.

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    No cooked veggies at all!

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    Q: Hello I am currently on the full body detox and I have a question for you. How do you feel about organic chicken from a credited organic food store? I was wondering if eating organic steamed chicken was ok and whats your take on almond milk.

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    Thanks for the question.

    Animal products are not part of the detox program. The detox protocol is a raw food detox as well. Most if not all food should be consumed raw. Organic meat is a double edged sword. On one hand you have an animal pumped full of anti biotics and on the other hand you have an animal refused antibiotics if they are sick. Which they routinely are being that they are crammed in sheds. The amount of land required by the USDA to be considered free range is the size of a sheet of printer paper. Birds kept in such close quarters communicate diseases fast. I do not recommend any animal products when on a detox. 

    The main issue with detoxing is lessening the workload of the livers and kidneys so they can clean house. Animal protien is acidic to the body and forces the body to work overtime digesting the excess protein. 

    Almond milk is fine if you make it yourself. Its really not that hard to do if you have a good blender. If you can't blend it yourself you can buy it from the store but remember that it's pasteurized and probably has added sugars which you want to avoid.

    Here is a quick web resource but I am sure you could find others

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    Hope that answers your questions,

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    Q: I am getting ready to go in the field for 3 days with the Military, and there will not be a variety of food to choose from. I started the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN on 08-Jul-08. I know that I can still drink the master cleanse in the morning and drinking the tea. My only problem is the food. Will it be okay to eat some of the food and start right back to eating the right food on Monday?

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    IT WILL HAVE TO BE ALL RIGHT. DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO STAY ON THE CLEANSE. JUST GET BACK TO THE FOOD REGIMEN AS SOON AS YOU CAN (RETURNING FROM THE FIELD).