Friday, May 1, 2009

You Should Avoid Fast Food, Right?

Not So Fast… I’ll Show You How to Feast on REAL Fast Food

Picture this: A patient walks into my office. When I look up from her chart, I advise her to eat more fast food. She flashes me a look of horror… as if I had just told her to jump off a bridge. Let me explain. I’m not talking about a bucket of fried chicken from the Colonel or a cheeseburger combo meal from your local drive-thru window. I’m talking about real fast food… what I call whole food. Whole foods are healthy and unprocessed. It can be as fast as picking up an apple and taking a bite – or as simple as a fistful of walnuts and a bag of dried cranberries.

Whole foods are foods that come to you as nature intended – without corporate or chemical interference. But you don’t have to sacrifice on taste, flavor or satisfaction. How about a grass-fed New York strip or a marinated chicken breast with mango salsa? These whole foods are fast and easy to prepare. And they represent real value. Whole foods keep you happier, healthier and alive longer.
It’s easy to be tempted by dollar menus and drive-thru windows – especially when the economy is bad. But these foods are not really fast. (They take months to prepare.) Even worse, the chemical additives and fake fats put you on the fast track to chronic disease.
Exposing the Big Lie in Your Drive-Thru Bag
When you pull away from the drive-thru window, visions of a fresh, hot hamburger dance in your head. But what’s really inside that wrapper is far from what you’re imagining. Imagine growing up on a farm as I did. You’d savor the smell of a fresh hamburger cooking and couldn’t wait to sink your teeth into it. From start to finish, that burger was the result of a very simple process:
A cow was born
It grew up eating grass in the pasture
At full maturity (roughly 3 to 4 years), you took the cow to the butcher
You brought the fresh hamburger meat home and cooked it
That’s it. That was the complete lifecycle of a hamburger. It was a whole food – complete in nutrition… nothing altered or stripped from what nature intended.
Now let’s take a look at the lifecycle of a modern drive-thru “junk food” burger:
A cow is born.
Ranchers rip the un-weaned calf from its mother and send it off to a commercial feedlot.
The calf lives with tens of thousands of other cows among giant mounds of manure. It gorges daily on a concoction of corn (a completely unnatural food for cows), antibiotics (to fight the bacteria of its living conditions) and hormones (to make it grow fatter faster).
The cow begins to get sick from the unnatural diet and living conditions (13% of all cows at slaughter have abscessed livers1). It’s given more antibiotics and a hormone implant.
At only 14 to16 months old, they send the sick and obese cow to slaughter.

An industrial slaughterhouse processes as many as 400 cows per hour. The speed of the lines in the name of profit makes it difficult to keep manure out of the meat. This is why, out of all foods, ground beef is the leading source of E. coli infections in the U.S.2
The slaughterhouse sends the meat to a food processing plant, where they mix the ground beef with chemical flavorings, preservatives and other ingredients.
They cook the meat, freeze it, package it, and ship it to your local junk food restaurant.
Your junk food vendor re-heats your burger from frozen to done in around 40 seconds.
They top your burger with chemically enhanced condiments. McDonald’s mayo has 19 ingredients including preservatives and coloring. There’s also the pickles and catsup – equally as chemically laden.
They wrap your burger and put it under a heat lamp where it sits for an undetermined amount of time until you pull up to the window.
Hardly a natural process, is it? Now you know why it’s called junk food.

“Okay,” you think. “You’re right. I should limit my drive-thru stops to breakfast on my way to work.” Sorry, but it’s no better…Even breakfast is an over-processed chemical nightmare at the mega-chain drive-thrus. For example, if you ordered eggs you’d expect… well, eggs. But here’s the official McDonald’s ingredient list – word for word – of 2 plain scrambled eggs from their menu:

“Pasteurized whole eggs with sodium acid pyrophosphate, citric acid and monosodium phosphate (all added to preserve color), nisin (preservative). Prepared with liquid margarine: Liquid soybean oil, water, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oils, salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, soy lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservative), artificial flavor, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene (color).”3
As you can see, the commercial junk sold by mega-corporations isn’t really “fast food”.
If you want to save your health, it’s time you learn about real – and healthy – fast, whole foods.

For More on this topic google Dr. Mercola

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