Mcdonalds Reconsidered

One of the world’s most famous restaurants. The fast, easy, cheap… and unhealthy Mcdonald’s. Over 65 million people around the world eat at Mcdonald’s every day. Which is approximately 1% of the population. McDonald’s promotes their food as ‘nutritious’, but the reality is that it is processed junk food – high in fat, sugar and salt, and low in fiber and vitamins.

 A diet of this type is linked with a greater risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases. While this may not seem like a lot because it’s 1% it really is. Mconalds became the number 1 toy distribution company also, beating hasbro and all the other big companies. Using the famous “Ronald Mcdonald” in commercials and advertisements to catch a kid’s attention with a Happy Meal. McDonald’s does not stop at toys and Happy Meals when marketing to children. McDonald’s has created a notion of ‘learning’ among parents and children by offering educational mate- rials to teachers and schools, sponsor- ing fundraising events, and having a link called ‘Learn’ on their website.A meal that consists of miniature versions of bigger meals and a toy. 

Although the food may taste good to some, it has been linked to health complications as a long term effect. Now will this happen from eating it once in a while? No, but developing eating any fast food in general as a habit is definitely not a good one to start. Researchers obtained 64 food samples of hamburgers, fries, chicken nuggets, chicken burritos and cheese pizza from the chains. They found that over 80% of the foods contained a phthalate called DnBP. And 70% contained the phthalate DEHP. Both of the chemicals have been linked to reproductive health problems. For example basic potato french fries from the chain include 19 ingredients. It’s just potatoes and oil right? Wrong, they use chemicals for “freshness” and shaping to make the product better… 

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