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5 Things You Shouldn’t Eat at Fast Food Restaurants, According to Fast Food Employees

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I admit it — I’m a fast food junkie! I don’t eat the healthiest all the time. There is something comforting about getting a warm burger made the way I want it and quickly.

Readers of the popular website Reddit have jumped in on a story about food you shouldn’t eat from fast food restaurants. More specifically, the group of readers who chimed in on this particular issue were all folks who have worked in the fast food industry.

Agree or disagree, here are the top five items that they say you shouldn’t eat when dining at a fast food restaurant.

  1. Beans at Taco Bell — They come out of a can like cat food and the directions are to “Add water and stir until you can’t see white anymore.”
  2. Chili at Wendy’s — I think a lot of people know this already but the meat comes from old cooked burgers that don’t get sold. The leftover meat is frozen, thawed and then used to make the chili.
  3. Macaroni and Cheese at Panera Bread — The mac and cheese is actually from frozen packages and just microwaved.
  4. BBQ Chicken at KFC — It allegedly comes from chicken that’s too old and stale to donate to food banks, so they soak it in barbecue sauce until it can be pulled apart.
  5. Arby’s Roast Beef — According to one former employee, before it’s cooked it’s “a gelatinous mass with chunks of meat in it. Literally a paste with chunks of meat.”

So there’s the list. Take it like everything in life, with a grain of salt. (Although, it probably is heavily salted.)

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