Topic: fast food

Fast Food Flashback: 8 Bizarre Commercials From Super Bowl Sundays Past

Fast Food Flashback: 8 Bizarre Commercials From Super Bowl Sundays Past

Taco Bell courted controversy this Super Bowl season with an ad telling people who bring vegetables to parties that everyone secretly hates them (they’ve since decided to pull it). Bleh. Let’s revisit a simpler fast food advertising era, when Super Bowl commercials didn’t try to shame people into eating Doritos-flavored tacos and instead enticed us with catchy jingles and Carson Daly and dancing burger women. More »

If You Ate At Burger King In The UK Recently, You May Have Eaten Horse Meat

If You Ate At Burger King In The UK Recently, You May Have Eaten Horse Meat

Ready to swear off fast food for the rest of your life? Burger King admitted yesterday that meat that some of their burgers were probably contaminated with horse meat. Silvercrest, one of their meat suppliers in Ireland apparently used pork, horse meat, and meat from Poland slip into their ground beef, which likely made its way into Burger King menu items throughout the UK. In reality, eating the wrong animal is probably one of the lesser dangers of fast food (food-borne illness is a far scarier prospect), but still: There are over 500 UK locations that could have been serving horse meat, which is enough to cause plenty of stomachs to turn. More »

McDonald’s Settles Lawsuit Over Islam-Friendly Food Fakery

McDonald's Settles Lawsuit Over Islam-Friendly Food Fakery

McDonald’s has settled a class-action lawsuit alleging that the fast-food behemoth falsely advertised serving Islam-friendly food at Detroit franchises. In a preliminary deal, McDonald’s Corp. and the franchise owners will pay $700,000 to plaintiffs including Ahmed Ahmed, who said his local McDonald’s was not actually serving halal food despite claiming that it was. More »

Fast Food Is Now A Cause Of Asthma, Eczema For Kids; Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

Fast Food Is Now A Cause Of Asthma, Eczema For Kids; Here's Why That's A Good Thing

Childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease are the most commonly discussed side effects of eating fast food. But a new study says that’s only the beginning: Fast food could be a cause of asthma and eczema for kids, too. This is clearly terrible news for kids reared on vending machine snacks and Happy Meal dinners, but in the long run, it might actually help Americans wake up and change the way they eat. More »

New Taco Bell Dollar Menu Is Reminder That ‘Value Menus’ Are Generally Devoid Of Value

New Taco Bell Dollar Menu Is Reminder That 'Value Menus' Are Generally Devoid Of Value

Large fast food chains are in constant competition for the money of each other’s customers, so they’re always coming out with new ways to get ahead of the game, such as decreasing the already suspiciously low prices or coming out with depressingly unhealthy, gimmicky menu items. In order to compete with the terribly popular Dollar Menu at McDonald’s, make-believe-Mexican chain Taco Bell has debuted its own similar list of value options. More »

McDonald’s Happy Meals Now Come With Free Books (And A Side Of Childhood Obesity)

McDonald's Happy Meals Now Come With Free Books (And A Side Of Childhood Obesity)

Ronald McDonald has been scrutinized for his contribution to childhood obesity; now, he’s taking an even more controversial tack in their bid to get families hooked on McDonalds Happy Meals: books. The fast food giant started distributing children’s books with their happy meals in the UK today, launching a five-week campaign and plan to distribute 15 million books by 2015. On the bright side, this means a lot of kids are getting free books, which are far more beneficial than happy meal toys. But on the not-so-bright side, free books at McDonald’s means more parents who are willing to stuff their kids with unhealthy fast food and soft drinks–ironically, in the name of doing something good for their kids. More »

Gross Fast Food, Exhibit A: KFC ‘Chicken’ Contains Wrinkled Animal Organ…That Looks Like Brain

Gross Fast Food, Exhibit A: KFC 'Chicken' Contains Wrinkled Animal Organ...That Looks Like Brain

Ibrahim Langoo, a student from Britain, has vowed never to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken again…and after his gross fast food horror story, you’ll probably be pretty turned off to ever eating KFC chicken again, too. Langoo posted the photo below of what he found in the “Gladiator box meal” he was sharing with a friend. After eating one piece of chicken, he bit into another to discover a wrinkled animal organ that looks a lot like brain. More »

Healthy Travel: Tips For Eating & Communicating Well While On The Road

Healthy Travel: Tips For Eating & Communicating Well While On The Road

Being stressed out is a natural part of the holiday season. After all, you’re eating a bit differently, you’re seeing people you don’t normally visit, there’s a whole lot of saving and shopping and spending to do… it’s a recipe for nervous tension. That said, taking a couple of these steps might keep that nervous tension from evolving into anger and outbursts. More »

This Is Your Brain On Fatty Foods

This Is Your Brain On Fatty Foods

A new study analyzing what happens to your brain when you eat fatty food confirmed that not only are donuts and fries not great for your arteries; they’re also not the best brain food, either. They found that junk food actually changes your brain, spiking certain chemicals and and possibly causing symptoms of anxiety and depression. And the worst part is that cutting yourself off from fatty food can also cause withdrawal. More »

7 Grossest Things Found In Fast Food Meals

7 Grossest Things Found In Fast Food Meals

Happy Monday! Here’s a roundup of the most disgusting things ever found in fast food to remind you to steer clear of your local burger joint this week. From needles to maggots, the gross gang is all here (including the nose ring found in a McDonald’s breakfast burrito this weekend and the screw found in a Moe’s burrito. Not a good weekend for burritos, apparently).  Is it concidental that no fewer than three of these yucky examples are courtesy of the Golden Arches? I think not. More »