I’m Not Lovin’ It

McDonald’s, a fast food restaurant that rakes in over $27 million per year, with a net worth of $104 billion. They sell food items from burgers, to salads, to their highly sought after Mcflurries (sometimes). With low prices and relatively quick service, McDonald’s customer base widely varies among parents with babies, to the elderly, and the youth. The question is do these people really know what they are eating? Do they care? Over the years Mcdonald’s has come under scrutiny for their low priced “food” items and what their true contents are.
When children consume the food from Mcdonald’s, they do not think about what they are eating. They are too busy playing or doing other things that kids do to pay attention to what is in the food they are being served. Parents should be fully aware of the nutritional values of the foods that they are feeding their young children. Kids at this age are not mature enough to understand what detrimental effects the food that they are eating is doing to their body. Better health standards along with the installment of physical education and its importance at a younger age could extend the life expectancy and drop child obesity rates.
The older I have gotten, the more cautious I have become in what I consume and the effects it has on me. I stopped eating fast food and began eating fresh organic fruits, and vegetables to minimize the number of processed foods I consume. Starting as a teenager because kids are not mature enough, people should start taking responsibility for what they eat and how it makes them feel. They should be able to know everything they are ingesting and the health outcomes that derive from the food.
Eating Mcdonald’s as a fully competent person should not be something you want to do. Their food has come under the microscope many times for their false advertising and incorrect ingredient labeling. A major example is their 100% real beef burgers, let’s break it down to just the bun. According to thankyourbody.com this is the regular bun. Ingredients as told by Mcdonald’s: Enriched flour, water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, yeast, soybean oil and/or canola oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, wheat gluten, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners. Did you know you can make your own bread using just flour, yeast, salt, and water? There is an estimate of 20 to 30 more ingredients in the bun that your body doesn’t need. Let’s look at just a two of the above ingredients that make up a Mcdonald’s bun. Ammonium chloride, which is also an ingredient in fireworks, safety matches and contact explosives? Next we have Ammonium sulfate, this is used most commonly as an artificial fertilizer for alkaline soils. It’s also in flame retardant materials and activates yeast to get industrially produced bread to rise.
In essence people need to take responsibility for what they put in their bodies before it is too late. They should only eat foods that will positively affect their health and benefit their bodies. If you can’t tell everything that is in a food, then you probably shouldn’t eat it. There could be damaging ingredients. These are the reasons that I’m not lovin’ McDonalds.