When I was around six years old, one of my favorite places to go with my father was McDonalds. Those perfectly bronzed golden arches, the ultimate American icon, stood out no matter what part of the city road you were driving on. Then, the closer and closer you got to heaven, it hit you like a Russian freight train….. that smell, that wonderful, mind blowing, slap me in the face nectar that could only come from two places; mother’s kitchen and McDonalds. Of course this love affair all started in front of the television for us. No matter what cartoon we were watching, a McDonald’s ommercial arrived like clock work.
We kids had no idea at the time that this was their secret marketing plan to lure us into the spider’s web. We were infatuated with Ronald McDonald, The Hamburgler, Grimace and who could forget The Fry Kids. I spent quite a few wasted birthday wishes hoping I could be part of the dream team. 0k, so I made up the last part about Ronald McDonald and his cronies. I was way too young to see them try to brainwash me and my friends. But my story still holds true about McDonalds and the propaganda theyVe used for years to indoctrinate the uture posterity of this world with one simple cardboard box; the “Happy Meal”.
In 2002, the president of the Boston Red Sox, Larry Lucchino, called the New York Yankees “The Evil Empire”. Well, I’m here to tell you that he was flat wrong about that. The real “Evil Empire” is the McDonalds Corporation and every franchise owner from Red Devil, Alaska to Wagga Wagga Australia. In 1954, one man who went by name of Ray Kroc opened up a burger Joint in San Bernardino, California. From this one restaurant, McDonalds grew into a world wide conglomerate with franchises in 188 countries and over 34,000 restaurants that serve lose to 69 million people every day. That is an amazing story to say the least.
But the real story is being told behind closed hamburger shaped doors at their immaculate corporate office in Oak Brook, Illinois. I have spent the last six years researching McDonalds and the food it is feeding this world. Unfortunately for both of them, the prognosis is not good to say the least. What my research has taught me is what McDonalds and the fast food nation in general brings us is obesity, food addiction, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and a whole slew of major health problems. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of less than ideal health problems that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
Unless of course, its the “genius” behind this mad McDonalds empirical conspiracy. I hope this is not news to you. I hope you have taken the time to do your own research and realize for yourself that what they are trying to pass off as food is really a chemical concoction of overly processed fat, sugar and massive preservatives. Is this really what we want to be feeding our future Einsteins, Mozarts and Da Vincis? With all 206 bones in my ody I hope the answer is no. For those of you that still take your little slugger to McDonalds after he hits a homerun, let me break it down for you.
The definition of Perishable is: Something, especially foodstuff, subject to decay or begins to decay and rot like fresh road kill on a sunny day. This is a totally natural process, it Just happens. Beef will decompose and bread and potatoes will mold. But what about a McDonald’s burger and French fry? A lady named Karen Hanrahan saved a McDonald’s burger and French fry combo from 1996 and, oddly enough, Karen stated that it looks Just as “appetizing” and “fresh” as the day she bought it. That was seventeen years ago for those of you that don’t want to do the math!
The Big Mac is the Everlasting Gobstopper of the Fast Food industry. I wonder what the half life ofa McDonald’s cheeseburger is. Im not sure that the Mcdonalds corporation would like that to ever be scientifically proven. But we must ask ourselves, is this real food? The answer must be an astounding no. For all you fitness gurus, you would have to run 7 hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fries and Big Mac. Unless you are Forest Gump or an Ethiopian long distance runner, most of us are not going to be able to burn off the calories that this “meal” provides in a day.
So the next time you have a Big Mac attack you’d better where you’re shiny, still in the box Nike Air Max I’s if you know what’s best for you. So, how many cows do you think it takes to keep 65 million people per day deliriously happy? McDonalds has 6 plants around the United States that process roughly 500,000 pounds of beef per day. That amounts to an estimated 2600 cows that are turned into your quarter pounder every day of your life. That’s over 100,000 cows per year! And what do you think these cows are fed every day?
Soy based animal feed that is grown in the Rainforests of South America that are being torn down in order to feed more and more cows so that more and more people can get their fix of Big Macs and Quarter Pounders. It’s an endless cycle that is killing people, animals, rainforests and my patience. McDonalds Big Mac has a secret sauce that they have used for years. The list of ingredients reads like a first edition War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Whatever happenend to catsup and mayo? Two listed ingredients caught my eye; flavor and smell protectors.
I found out that these are chemically produced compounds made by a licensed chemist designed to add the right “flavor” and “smell” to each product on the McDonalds menu. I don’t know about you but if I want to partake in the consumption of chemically engineered products, I’ll Just take a ride in my dad’s “vintage” 1975 big block Ford Fairmont wagon, a really beauty. Finally, I would like the reference the holy grail of fast food documentaries, “Supersize me”. It was filmed by Morgan Spurlock in the Spring of 2004. It is about his experiment to live on a diet consisting solely of McDonald’s food three times per day for 30 days.
If they gave him the option to supersize it, he was required to accept the gracious offer. This “mockumentary’ went on to show the various stages of his slow decent into Big Mac hell. When it all started, he was in perfect health. But within those 30 days, Morgan averaged 5000 calories daily and gained 25 pounds. His cholesterol level peeked at 250 and his doctor told him if he was to continue his in the very near future or at the very least be destined to live a lonely life in his other’s basement playing X-box with uncle Chester.
In other words, if Morgan didn’t stop eating Mcdonalds on a consistent basis, he was well on his way to hamburger heaven compliments of your friendly neighborhood McDonalds. He also experienced major physiological and psychological addictions to the food. Whenever he would eat, he was happy, when he was hungry, he was sad and withdrawn. It took Morgan 14 weeks to lose the weight that he gained filming this documentary. He achieved this by maintaining a strict vegan diet along with a solid exercise routine. Imagine what it would take for those people that have been eating McDonalds for years.
As you can see, IVe super sized this paragraph to mimic what McDonalds has been doing to the world’s waistbands for the past 60 odd years. There is one story that I would like to mention if only for the sole purpose of showing a little objectivity in this essay. Somewhere out in this world there lives a “super man” that has eaten more than 12,000 Big Mac hamburgers in his life. 0k, so this man is actually a salesman and former Vietnam army medic that lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and his name is Dennis Rosinlof.
He doesn’t wear a cape or have X-ray vision but what he does have is an iron gut and a wife that thinks he is a lunatic. Dennis is 64 years old, is 6 feet tall and weighs a slim 165 pounds. By the way, his cholesterol is perfectly normal. McDonalds needs to Jump on this man’s train just like Subway did with that obnoxious nerd Jared! Listen, I get the nostalgia that kids grow up with eating at McDonalds and spending time with their families, the tastes, the smells and the Joys and those wonderful toys hidden inside every happy meal. I totally get it. But at what cost are these memories being made?