2008 study found fast food hamburgers were only 12% meat. The rest was water, bone, cartilage, plant matter, and parasites

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If you’re hitting the road this July 4th weekend, consider taking something healthy to eat with you from home. This 2008 study reveals the contents of fast food hamburgers include far more unsavory substances than meat. Hard as it is for humans to abjure their genetically-programmed hunger for mechanically-separated animal proteins, conscious carnivores might do well to think twice about the provenance of their provender:

Fast food hamburgers are comprised of little meat (median, 12.1%). Approximately half of their weight is made up of water. Unexpected tissue types found in some hamburgers included bone, cartilage, and plant material; no brain tissue was present. Sarcocystis parasites were discovered in 2 hamburgers.

Er…ah…just an order of fries, thank you. Read in greater detail if you dare.


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