You already know by now that you should not be eating fast food hamburgers, or should at least keep them to a minimum. They are overly processed, loaded with sodium, and frankly don’t taste all that great.
Another reason that you shouldn’t eat them…most only contain 7% actual meat and the rest of the ingredients will make you cringe. Americans on average consumed 5 million burgers a year and 4100 cows are slaughtered every hour to make that a possible. But if there is only 7% of that cow in the burger, what else are you eating?
With 68 cows a minute being butchered, there are bound to be mistakes somewhere. This is called a “shifting of parts” where different parts of the cow are making their way into your food. A study that was published in the Annals of Diagnostic Pathology dug a little deeper. Fortunately their study revealed that out of 8 different fast food hamburgers, none contained brains. The bad news is that they did contain many other pieces that didn’t belong there.
The water content of the burgers was found to be roughly 50%. The actual meat content ranged from 2%-14.8%. Some of the other tissues that we found in the “meat” were blood vessels, adipose tissue (fat), connective tissue, peripheral nerves, cartilage, and bone. That is not even the worst part! Some of the burgers were found to contain Sarcocystis, an intracellular parasite. This parasite enters the cow when they eat the infected feces of another cow. Yummy isn’t it?
So how are you to avoid all of this junk in your meat? You can stop eating meat all together, but if you are a carnivore at heart, try finding a local butcher with grass fed organic meat.