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The Health Hazards of a Fast Food Diet

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The Health Hazards of a Fast Food Diet

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If you value your health, you would be wise to avoid fast food restaurants at all costs.

Not only does the fast food diet promote high cholesterol, hypertension, heart attacks, obesity and diabetes; such foods are also laden with added chemicals, and virtually all animal based food comes from factory farms.

The latter issue is highlighted in a recent announcement that McDonald’s and Target will no longer purchase their eggs from Sparboe Farms.

The egg producer was recently ‘outed’ by an ABC News 20/20 investigation into potentially unhealthy conditions at their egg-laying facilities. The company has been cited for at least 13 violations of rules meant to prevent dangerous salmonella outbreaks.

I’ve previously discussed the many sad realities inherent with confined animal feeding operations (CAFO’s). Lack of sanitation is a pervasive problem, and food borne illnesses such as salmonella are primarily restricted to such operations. Ditto for animal abuse.

According to a recent report by ABC News:

“… The Mercy for Animals activist who went undercover to record the video inside Sparboe told ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross, “I saw workers do horrendous things to birds, they were thrown, grabbed by the neck, they’re slammed in and out of cages.”

Runkle said the video shows how health hazards can be linked to large scale, low-cost egg producers, so-called “factory farms.” … Sparboe executives told Ross the employees seen on the tape abusing the chickens were all fired.”

Unfortunately, most restaurant chains get their food from CAFO farms; be it eggs, beef, or chicken. This is in part what makes fast food so inferior, no matter what restaurant chain you’re frequenting.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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9:55AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks, I re-shared this!

10:37AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Well, I learned something new today!! I didn't think we had any Farmer's Markets and according to this article, we have 2 in our city. I've seen individuals selling vegetables a few places during the summer, but I consider a Farmer's Market to be bigger than that and open all year.

I am leaving now to check them out!!!

1:24AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Wait, those eggs on the McMuffins are real eggs from real chickens? Why are they preformed like a disk? Why are the yolks always broken in the middle and have a rubbery texture to them? I hate those types of breakfasts... I can't eat those.

If I want stuff like that, I'll make my own. As for losing weight, gee, why would you go to the fast food joints and not get fries? And take the bun off? I still would NOT use a fast food diet to try to be healthier...

Anyway, I'm on a mission to support LOCAL places. So if I really want a burger? No fast food joint for me. Kewpees or if weather permits, grill it myself.

11:56PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I keep craving for one type of fast food specifically. French fries with Mayonaise. Just loving it. I knew it was bad for your health, obviously, therefor I try to not eat it more then once every two weeks.....

7:09PM PST on Mar 2, 2012


6:00AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I totally agree with this article and everything in it. I never really liked fast food anyway, but this helps reconferm my belief that fast food is nasty.

9:37AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Worse than anything is the description of animal treatment in these places where animal produced food is from!!! HORRID!! These vile people who participate in this manner MUST be exposed ans done away with!!

9:36AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

We worry way too much about ourselves and not enough about the suffering of animals. If we stop their suffering and use and abuse, our diets would naturally evolve toward healthier alternatives.

8:36AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

My family eat lots of vegetables but I often buy them frozen - does this count as fresh?

3:46AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

If you want to live the fast track of life and end your life sooner rather than later than eat at fast food restaurants. All they worry about is the buck and will feed you anything.
I personally refuse to eat and contribute to fast food restaurants for many reasons.

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