hurricanehank/ShutterstockFast food is born of convenience. It can be every too busy, kid-having parent’s best friend, every college student’s trusted late-night companion, every overworked middle manager’s last line of defense against starvation. If you’re looking to eat well and lose weight, it’s not the best option (this is a better way to help you lose weight), but generally speaking one would assume that fast-food isn’t chock full of non-food ingredients, right?
Wrong, according to Fast Company. A new report produced by a partnership of the Consumers Union, Center For Food Safety, Friends of Earth, the Food Animal Concerns Trust, U.S. PIRG, and NRDC, found that of the top 25 fast food chains in the nation, 11 were found to have taken “no (discernible) action to reduce use of antibiotics in their supply chains,” which earned them an “F” in that category. Fast Company explained why these ratings are problematic for humans:
“The use of antibiotics in the meat industry has been linked to the rise of so-called superbugs and antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, which kill at least 23,000 people annually.”
The chains which rounded out the top of the of rankings included Chipotle (A), Panera (A), Subway (B+), Chick-Fil-A (B), Taco Bell (B-) and KFC (B-). Starbucks, known for touting the sustainability and close-monitoring of its coffee production, so much so that they didn’t give out free coffee on National Coffee Day, got an abysmal D+, lower than McDonald’s (C+) and Wendy’s(C). Did you know that fast food also has these weird effects on your brain?
The F-havers included Dairy Queen, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Domino’s, Chili’s, Little Caesars, Arby’s, IHOP, Cracker Barrel, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Sonic—which, by the way is having a different set of issues concerning a recent security breach.
[Source: Fast Company]