It’s been one of those crazy days. Getting up 15 minutes after the alarm clock was blaring… hustling the kids off to school…. no time for lunch at work.
Now – the day is finally over. The kids were picked up from school and are in the backseat of the car. It’s dinner time – who wants to cook now? Deep down, the idea is that the kids deserve healthy food – but there’s just not enough energy left to start cooking now.
So here’s the decision… off to the Golden Arches we go. “Just this one last time” keeps pulsing through many other thoughts. “Tomorrow I’ll cook something healthy.”
It seems that most of us know that fast food really isn’t that good for us. But – it causes pain levels to rise in the body. It has mostly to do with the ingredients. Fast food, for the most part, is not real food. It’s loaded with different chemicals to make the food more attractive, taste better, be easier to prepare and last a long time.
Here’s something to check out… what happens when fast food sits out for weeks? Hint: watch out for the fries! Check it out right here:
EVER HEAR OF MORGAN SPURLOCK?
In 2004, Morgan Spurlock sought to find out how bad the food from the Golden Arches really was. The movie was called Supersize Me… does that ring a bell?
For 30 days, Spurlock ate only Golden Arches food – the restaurant with the clown for a mascot… got it?
Everyone involved in the film was absolutely shocked at the amount of deterioration in Spurlock’s health in such a short period of time. It turned out that in that 30 day period, the then 32-year-old man gained 25 pounds… his cholesterol levels rose dangerously… as did the fatty accumulations in his liver. He experienced mood swings, depression, heart palpitations, depression and sexual dysfunction.
To be fair, Spurlock mentioned nothing about pain issues at the end of the 30 days. What probably happened is that he was so messed up overall, it didn’t dawn on him to think about his aches and pains.
I’m here to explain that if neck pain is a problem, eating this kind of food will make it MUCH WORSE. Why? All of the chemicals in this kind of food cause massive inflammation. Think of it as a raging fire inside the body. It has to be extinguished to get rid of the pain.
THE INGREDIENTS THAT ARE REALLY IN FAST FOOD THAT CAUSE NECK PAIN…
No doubt – most hard-working Americans like their fast food. Even though they know the bare facts… fast food is high in fat, sodium, sugar, preservatives and chemicals to make the food more appealing. This kind of food has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. Add to that – it causes little pain issues to become serious problems.
A 2013 Gallup survey found that 8 in 10 Americans ate fast food at least once a month and half admitted to eating it at least once a week.
Let’s take a look at the horrible ingredients that are found in the typical fast food:
- Acrylamide: the menu at the Golden Arches varies slightly from country to country, but there is one fried food to be found worldwide: french fries. Canadians have “Famous Fries” served with gravy or cheese curds, but all kinds of fries share one very unhealthy element: acrylamide. While acrylamide is not an added ingredient, it is the result of frying food at high temperatures. The high temperatures turn the sugars into acrylamide and these levels are particularly high in fried potatoes. A definite link has been found between acrylamide and cancer. It also causes inflammation and an exaggerated pain response. It’s also important to note that frying potatoes for a longer time drives the level of acrylamide much higher. So, beware the dark brown fries.
- Azodicarbonamide: sometimes this is called the “yoga mat” chemical since it improves the texture of dough and makes the buns nice and fluffy. Subway restaurants were pressured to eliminate this chemical from their buns years ago. This chemical is also a foaming agent, a blowing agent for plastics and rubbers and is even found in some tobacco products. Interestingly, in the UK, azodicarbonamide is banned from fast food buns. It is also banned in most European countries, as well as Australia and SIngapore. In fact use of this stuff in Singapore can result in a 15 year prison sentence and a fine of $ 450,000!
- Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (SAPP): SAPP is used as a leavening agent to make bread rise faster. The Center for Science in the Public Interest warns that “excessive consumption of phosphates could lead to dietary imbalances that might contribute to osteoporosis.” Typical fast food menu items that have SAPP include hash browns, eggs and tortillas. SAPP may cause severe inflammation if it comes into contact with the eyes or skin… or if it is inhaled or eaten.
- Dimethylpolysiloxane: this is added to the cooking oil and prevents foaming when cooking Filet-O-Fish, McNuggets and french fries. That means it prevents the cook from getting burned by the bubbles in the cooking oil. Dimethylpolysiloxane is also added to cosmetics, hair conditioners, silly putty and breast implants. Dentists (like me) use it to take impressions for crowns and dentures. It is the stuff that sits in the mouth for about 3 minutes and turns from a liquid to a super-hard concrete. Sounds appetizing, right?
- Sodium Aluminum Phosphate: another food additive added to the batter of Chicken McNuggets, Filet-O-Fish etc. The aluminum travels through the bloodstream and travels to the brain… which increases the chance of getting Alzheimer’s. It also interferes with the function of various enzymes in the body and causes inflammation and pain.
- Sodium Benzoate: this chemical is widely found in soft drinks, as well as many fast food food sauces. The body converts it to benzene… which is a known cancer causing agent. A UK study found that a mixture of sodium benzoate and artificial colors (widely found in fast food) has been linked to hyperactivity in children… including ADD and ADHD.
- Disodium 5-ribonucleotides: that’s a mouth-full! Combining disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate forms this chemical. It is used in fast food chicken products and some sauces. Disodium guanylate is not safe for babies under 3 months old and should be avoided by asthmatics and people suffering with gout… it causes massive inflammation.
- High-fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): most people know by now how bad this stuff is. Fast food restaurants know that the public is wary of HFCS and try to minimize the adverse effects… everything from inflammation to fatty liver disease to diabetes and many other issues. It is found in fast food cooking oils, breads sauces and ketchup.
- Tertiary Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ): is made from crude oil and is found in at least 18 different McDonald’s menu items. The Food and Drug Administration has classified TBHQ as “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS. Long-term exposure has resulted in ADHD, stomach cancer, damaged DNA and even death. This is how much our government really cares about protecting your health… got it?
- Ammonium Sulfate: this is an inorganic salt used in fertilizer and flame retardant. It is also used as an ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup. But… it’s also found in the buns of fast food restaurants. It can cause irritation of the GI tract, diarrhea, nausea and hormone changes… as well as heighten the pain response.
- L-Cysteine: this is an amino acid made from human hair or duck feathers. It is used to flavor meat or make bread softer and is often used in pastries to make them fluffy. Eating this can cause constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes, fever, headaches, sleepiness, low blood pressure and liver damage.
- Propylene Glycol: this is the stuff used in vehicle’s radiators. Dogs love to drink it when it’s in puddles on the ground… and promptly die. It is found in many fast food menu items, as well as e-cigarettes. Ingestion may cause damage to the central nervous system, worsen existing allergies and eye or skin conditions.
- Prescription Drugs: researchers at Johns Hopkins University found alarming levels of antidepressants and other prescription drugs plus many over-the-counter and banned drugs in chicken feed and chicken products at fast food restaurants. Because these restaurants do not use organic chicken and beef, the meat contains traces of many drugs… both prescription and OTC.
- Carminic Acid: this a a food dye derived from the shell of the cochineal beetle and is red in color. Sometimes, on labels, it is called Red #4 food coloring. It was classified as a “natural dye” until 2009. But, these days, the FDA requires carmine and cochineal extract to be explicitly identified in ingredient lists because they can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Remember this next time a strawberry shake sounds appealing!
- Cellulose: in plain english, this is wood pulp… the same stuff paper is made from. Who wants to eat lots of indigestible wood fiber? Cellulose is added to nearly every fast-food item as a way to make it look bigger. It can also be found in cheese, salad dressing, muffins and strawberry syrup, among many other things
- Silicon Dioxide: a.k.a. Silica or industrial sand. Silicon Dioxide is used to make glass, optical fibers and cement. Fast food restaurants add it to meat and sauces to keep them from clumping together. In factories, workers using silicon dioxide wear hazmat suits and masks. Still, the FDA thinks it’s just fine to add that to that hamburger bun.
CONCLUSION: It’s shocking that with all of the recent debates about health care reform, one basic fact is hardly ever discussed. That is the one factor that would dramatically reduce costs while improving the general health of people.
Naturally, we’re talking about improving diet… and one big factor is to avoid fast food. Studies have shown that 50 – 70 % of the nation’s healthcare costs are preventable just by eating healthier. If Americans were to stop overeating, stop eating fast food… and instead eat foods with more vitamins and minerals, we would have a more affordable, sustainable and effective health care system.
When looking at the list of all the disgusting, toxic ingredients that go into fast food – does the idea of still going through that drive-thru still seem appealing?
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