We have all gone out to eat at one point in our life, whether it was crappy fast food or a high end restaurant. A lot of us rely on fast food due to our busy schedules. No matter how much planning you do, sometimes you just don’t have time to cook a healthy meal at home. But have you ever really thought about what goes into your food or how clean the restaurant is compared to the industry standard? There aren’t very many fast food restaurants that offer good for you food at a good price. Typically we are paying for the convenience, not necessarily the flavor, but does that mean they should skimp on other things around the restaurant like storing food properly or making sure the soda machines are sanitized? Here are 25 gross fast food secrets that will have your stomach turning and have you rethinking your eating habits.
1 – The grill marks on your hamburgers typically aren’t from the grill. They were done at the factory where the burgers are made.
2 – If you want your french fries to be super fresh, ask for them without salt. They always salt the fries right when they take them out of the fryer, and they sit under the heat lamp until they’re gone.
3 – Ever wonder where the meat in the chili comes from? It comes from the leftover burgers that are a little too old to serve by themselves. EWWW!
4 – Salads at fast food restaurants have almost as many calories as one Big Mac. A Big Mac has 530 calories while the Premium Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken has 470 calories.
5 – Have you ever looked up into the soda dispensers at a fast food restaurant? Look inside and if there is any sort of dark mold, I’d recommend not drinking it. Sometimes getting a bottle of water is the safest and cleanest drink option. They’re supposed to clean the dispensers daily, but how often does that really happen?
6 – Speaking of gross facts, did you know that almost 50% of restaurant drink dispensers contain fecal bacteria?
7 – The pictures on the advertisements for food have been touched up. They’re usually fake sculptures of the food, that can be touched up with paint and fiberglass. Sometimes it can take up to two hours to make the food look just right for a photo shoot.
8 – It’s not uncommon for there to be a 10-second rule in the kitchens of restaurants. Yes, some people think a 5-second rule is okay, but 10 seconds? That’s too long! Also any amount of time spent on the floor in a fast food kitchen is too long and it should just be thrown away.
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