The fast food industry has been expanding ever since it’s inception and there seems to be no end in sight. While rates of obesity continue to rise, many wonder if too much food is being consumed too fast. Because of convenience, adults find it an easier option than a home cooked meal that involves preparation and cooking time. On a busy day, you may just want to grab something quick and fast food seems to be the answer.
Here’s a look at 36 of the most interesting things about the fast food industry you never knew of.
- The world’s most unhealthiest burger can be found in Heart Attack Grill, Las Vegas. The Quadruple Bypass Burger has been certified by Guinness Book of Records to be the Most Calorific Burger, with a total of 9982 calories! The recommended daily intake for the average adult male is only 2500 calories.
- According to Advertising Age, Ronald McDonald has the 2nd most powerful resonance in the marketplace.
- In 1970, US$6 billion was spent on fast food. In 2006, it shot up to US$142 billion!
- Properties of fast food like its high glycemic index and fatty acid composition may induce excess levels of insulin to circulate the blood and eventually cause diabetes. Almost 2 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in the year 2010 alone.
- Male cattles that are castrated to improve fattening and docility in feedlots are known as steers. Manufacturers combine the fat trimmed from beef steers to produce leaner meat with meat from retired dairy cows, which generally don’t have enough fat to taste good. This way, they get all of their meat cheaper, and they can precisely control the fat percentage of the product.
- McDonald’s french fries were once flavoured with beef tallow, a processed form of hard white fat found on the kidneys and loins of cattle.
- A single hamburger patty could contain beef from 100 different cattle.
- Prices of soft drinks are marked up by at least 1200%. In the UK, the syrup in a 75¢ cup of coke costs only 5¢.
- A strawberry milkshake from a fast food restaurant contains at least 50 different kinds of chemicals. Phenethyl alcohol, one of them, is also used as a preservative for soaps and detergents.
- Cup holders started appearing in car designs around the 90’s as the drive-thru became increasingly popular. As the cups grew wider, so did the cup holders.
- Nope, the highest selling fast food product is not the hamburger. It’s actually french fries. McDonald’s alone goes through 9 million pounds of potatoes everyday.
- The term hamburger originally derives from the city of Hamburg in Germany where many people emigrated to the US. Hamburger is a German noun that is used to refer to someone from Hamburg. Think Dubliner, Londoner or New Yorker. No effort guessing now where the word frankfurter or wiener originated from.
- Otto Kuase the cook invented the hamburger back in 1891 when he created a special beef patty and cooked it in some butter then topped it off with a nice fried egg.
- The first ever fast food restaurant chain in the US is White Castle.
- The world’s most expensive burger can be found in Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. Created by Chef Hubert Keller, the $5000 Fleurburger 5000 is loaded with items such as foie gras, black truffles, and a black truffle brioche bun.
- Hundred dollar hamburger is a slang used by pilots needing an excuse to fly. A $100 hamburger trip involves flying a short distance, eating at an airport restaurant, and flying home.
- Pizza originated from Naples, Italy where the Napoletanos used bread as a blank slate for relishes from Greece where bakers had been dressing their potteries with oils, herbs and cheese since 400BC. Romans refined the idea to develop placenta, a sheet of fine flour topped with cheese, honey and bay leaves. The Napoletanos earned the right to claim the pizza as their own invention when tomato was included in the recipe.
- The Pizza Royale 007 is the most expensive pizza in the world costing a whopping 3000 Euros, created by Domenico Crolla. It is topped with edible gold, lobster marinated in the finest cognac and champagne-soaked caviar, Scottish smoked salmon and medallions of venison.
- Pizza comes from the Latin word ‘pissa’ which means flatbread in 9th century. Actually, many languages around the Mediterranean has similar sounding words for flatbread like ‘pita’.
- No one person is known to have invented fried chicken but the Scottish have been known to fry chicken long before most other places in the world.
- A 1781 family manuscript recounts that potatoes were deep fried prior to 1680 in Spanish Netherlands (called Belgium today). It said the poor had the custom of fishing in Meuse valley for small fish and frying but when the river was frozen and fishing became perilous, potatoes were cut into forms of small fish and fried. Belgians believe that the word ‘French’ was added when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War 1 and as a result tasted the fries. French was the official language of the army at that time.
- FDA laws allow for an average of 60 insect fragments per 100 grams of chocolate.
- A can of classic Coca Cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is exactly 100% of the recommended daily intake. Ingesting such large amounts of sugar can result in a burst of energy known as a sugar high that ends in a sharp drop (crash).
- Tater tots were created to utilize potato scraps. Today, 70 million pounds worth are consumed every year.
- Fast food is directly related to obesity. An annual average of 250,000 deaths cite obesity, the no.2 cause of preventable death, as a contributing factor. Here’s a list of 9 diseases that obese people are prone to get. Stop overeating with these 20 effective ways.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup, a type of artificial sugar commonly found in almost all kinds of processed food and beverages, tricks your body into wanting more, resulting in weight gain.
- McDonald’s true business is not in food and beverage, but real estate. Profit from collecting ‘rent’ trumps fast food sales. Just like how Google’s true business is not in search, but advertising and they are the largest advertising agency in the world.
- McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of beef, pork, potatoes and apples in the US.
- Amazingly, you can order beer in all McDonald’s restaurants in Belgium (Jupiler) and France (Kronenbourg 1664). They do serve beer in some locations in Cyprus, Germany, Netherlands and Austria too.
- When McDonald’s opened an outlet in Kuwait in 1994, shortly after the end of the Gulf War, the line of cars waiting to eat there was 7 miles long.
- There are only 2 countries in the world where you cannot find Coca Cola. North Korea and Cuba.
- 50 million Americans eat at fast food restaurants daily. 50 million people is the entire population of New York, Florida and Illinois combined!
- Smoking rates in the United States have dropped by half from 1965 to 2006 falling from 42% to 20.8% of adults. However, obesity rates went the other way, increasing by two folds from 14.5% to 30.9%. If nothing is done about it, obesity will soon surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death.
- 1 in 3 American child born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes. The odds are worse for Hispanic children as 1 in 2 will be affected.
- In the lawsuit against them, McDonald’s stated that it is a matter of common knowledge that any processing its foods undertake serve to make them more unhealthier than unprocessed foods. Case in Point: McNuggets.
- Smart, isn’t he?