A new study suggests that all most all fast foods contain
chemical elements or ingredients derived from corn either in forms of meat, oil
The study led by A. Hope Jahren, a professor of geography
and geophysics at the University of Hawaii and Rebecca A. Kraft found that of
the hundreds of servings of fast-fast meals purchased nationwide, only about 12
servings of food could potentially be traced back to something besides corn.
For the study, the researchers sampled 480 servings of
hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and fries from McDonald’s, Burger King, and
Wendy’s chains in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Detroit, Boston, and
Results of the study suggested that 100 percent and 93
percent of the cows responsible for the hamburgers and chicken sandwiches were
fed exclusively corn-based diets.
only 12 Burger King burgers bought on the West Coast used meat from cows that
did not exclusively eat corn-based diets.
The researchers also found that the frying oil used by
Wendy's seemed to be corn oil only although the restaurant claims it uses more
than one type, media reported.
contrast, McDonald's and Burger King fries seemed to be made using other types
of vegetable oils.
In the United States, as much as 70 percent is
genetically modified and has drawn criticism from opponents.
The study did not tell whether trans fat was
found in the samples, but it's very likely as trans fat is often used to
Another thing some consumers may be concerned about is
the way the cows are raised.
chicken feeding on corn meals or other grains are likely to produce high
proportions of omega-6 fatty acids, which are not good for health.
Meat from cows grazing on grass tends to contain
higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for health.
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