Fitness & Nutrition

McDonald's has a Vegan Burger, Who cares?

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Along with South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, Norway gets a vegan burger. This news has some vegans jumping with joy, for now they can join in and eat at McDonald's with their non-vegan friends. Yay.

We are not those vegans, don’t get us wrong - we are happy that veganism is being taken seriously to the extent where mainstream food chains are forced to implement it in their menus. However, any ethical vegan, scratch that, any conscious consumer, vegetarian, human will tell you that McDonald's even at it’s most truthful is a bit shady. Don’t agree? Well here are our reasons.


1. Where does the meat for the patty come from?

Concentrated Agricultural Feeding Operation cows, you’ve probably heard or know about this if you’re an animal lover. These are factories where cows are raised just for food in the harshest of conditions. Most fast food chains get their meat from these places which are horrible for animals and the environment. The animals are usually sick and pumped with all sorts of hormones, making death the kindest thing for these poor cows. Doesn’t it make you wonder just what is in that burger you’re eating?


As for the chicken patty, it’s almost too frightening to describe the heinous way these chickens are specifically raised and treated. Most people know about these terrible practices. However, if you’re still unaware, click here to find out more.


The vegan patty is apparently made up of ‘red kidney beans and a blend of vegetables such as carrots, green peppers, and onion’. But, then again they also said their hamburgers were made from 100% beef and their meals were Happy.


2. What’s actually in the bun?

Most of us make bread using flour, salt, water and some yeast. Unfortunately, McDonald's doesn’t. According to the ingredients include:


Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, yeast, soybean oil and/or canola oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, wheat gluten, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (may contain one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide), sorbic acid, calcium propionate and/or sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin


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3.They’ve used “Pink Slime”

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Maybe some of you remember celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver uncovering the truth behind the ammonium hydroxide chemical pink sludge being used in McDonald’s hamburgers. Well, we do; the company has since declared that they have stopped using the substance, but what is to say they haven’t replaced it with other chemical substances.

According to Yahoo News “The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which allows McDonald's to use otherwise inedible meat." One word - disgusting.

4. The Ketchup contains High Fructose Corn Syrup (and Corn syrup)

Do a little research on HFCS and you’ll be amazed at how it can be found in almost everything we consume. The Ketchup at McDonal's contains it too, the problem lies in the fact that the corn used for HFCS is usually a GMO (genetically modified organism). Recent GMO studies show that when fed to rats (poor rats!) over a period of 2 years they develop massive tumours. We’ve had GMO in our processed food for over 20 years, can you imagine the health ramifications.


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5. The infamous fries

Most french fries are potato, salt maybe some sugar - cut and fried in veggie oil. Right? Not according to McDonald's, they need 19 ingredients.

As stated on they contain:

Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*, Citric Acid [Preservative], Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. Prepared in Vegetable Oil: Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane is added as an antifoaming agent. Contains: Wheat and Milk. *Natural beef flavour contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.

Bet you don't want that vegan burger now do you?

McDonald's is Not vegan and definitely not worth it.

So the next time your kids or you want some McDonalds, pull into your grocery store, buy some produce and head home to make your own. Not only do you get the bonding time in the kitchen, but your body, mind and soul will be thanking you.


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