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Fast Food Ingredient

Research looking at what fast food is made of- found that corn was the main ingredient.

In a study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences November 2008 Issue, the researches sampled foods from McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.

They sampled hamburgers, fries and chicken sandwiches within the different geographically distributed fast food restaurants in the U.S.

Using carbon isotopes that researchers were able to trace what the animals consumed based on the conspicuous carbon-13 signature of corn.

The statistically significant results showed conclusively that the beef and chicken meat used to make the sandwiches was from animals whose food source was mainly corn. The animals are feed the corn to maximize their calorie intake and also to maximize their tissue growth in attempt to keep up with the ever increasing demands of the fast food industry.

The results for the French fries also showed that Wendy’s used corn oil for deep-frying while burger king and McDonalds which favored other vegetable oils.

In the US it is not required for food suppliers to trace their sources for ingredients or materials used in their food production.

I think people should have a right to know what their food is being made of - especially when it comes to fast food or restaurant food- which we have a no control over. Some places are now offering some nutritional information - but sometimes it is very hard to get. I think it will take a long time for these regulations to get into place -- but some cities such as New York are attempting to make it manadatory for large restaurant chains to have their nutritional information on the menus. This would be a huge step forward. A great documentary to check out if you are interested in food policy and the agriculture system I would recommend "King Corn.' Its worth the rental.