Fast food hamburger may contain as little as 2 percent actual meat

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by Jonathan Benson – Naturalnews.com

They may be a convenient way to satiate your hunger while on the go, but fast food hamburgers appear to offer little in the way of actual meat content, according to a recent study published in the journal Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. Researchers from the Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, found that, among eight popular fast food hamburgers analyzed, some were found to contain as little as two percent actual meat, which may come as a surprise to some.

A true American meal pastime, hamburgers are consumed at a rate of about five billion patties annually in the U.S. Most people who eat hamburgers likely assume that those succulent patties grilled over an open flame are pure meat from cows. But according to the histological data, hamburger patties are generally composed mostly of water, as well as varying percentages of random tissues, nerves, and a small percentage of actual meat.

Based on their analysis, Laurel School researchers found that the water content of fast food hamburgers typically ranges between 37.7 and 62.4 percent, with an average of about 49 percent. Electron microscopy revealed preserved skeletal muscle, which is good, as well as a variety of tissue types including blood vessels, peripheral nerves, adipose tissue (body fat), cartilage, and bone. But the kicker was the actual meat content.

According to the dataamongst the eight fast food hamburger patties tested, meat content ranged between 2.1 and 14.8 percent, with an average of about 12.1 percent. This means that for a half-pound burger, less than one ounce of it is composed of actual meat, on average. And for those burgers on the lowest end of the meat spectrum, a half-pound patty contains less than five grams of actual meat.

“Fast food hamburgers are comprised of little meat,” wrote the authors in their study abstract. “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.”

Besides their lack of meat, some fast food hamburger patties were also found to contain potentially harmful bacteria and ammonia. Two of the hamburgers tested, for instance, were found to contain intracellular parasites, also known as Sarcocystis, which are basically cysts. In humans, undercooked meats containing Sarcocystis can cause diarrhea or muscle tenderness, and in more extreme cases breathing problems and even death.

Meat is supposed to contain water, but not bacteria and ammonia

Since all meat naturally contains relatively high levels of water, it is not necessarily unusual that the fast food hamburger patties tested in the study also contained high levels of water. It is the unexpected tissues, the bacteria, and the ammonia that are most concerning about this study’s findings, as they affirm what others have warned about in the past concerning the problems with fast food meat.

The authors of the study also did not identify which fast food hamburgers they tested, which some NaturalNews readers may find disconcerting. But many of the usual fast food suspects were likely included as part of the research, which means you can probably make your own educated guesses.

Regardless, the overall research still points to the same conclusion — that avoiding fast food hamburgers and cooking your own clean, grass-fed meats from local or verified suppliers is still the best route you and your family can take. There are simply too many unknowns with the conventional food supply these days to take the risk. Is sacrificing your health on the altar of convenience really worth it?

91 Comments on Fast food hamburger may contain as little as 2 percent actual meat

  1. I decided a few months back that my family will no longer eat this stuff. The fastest food I eat takes about 2 minutes, it’s called Shakeology. If anyone would like to know more about this whole food/ superfood shake, message me.

  2. Ugh, that is disgusting. I feel my arteries hardening just looking at it. Is there something wrong with stopping at a gas station and picking up a banana and a granola bar when you’re in a hurry? Your arteries will love you for it (watch the list of excuses come pouring in).

  3. Thanks to the democrat supported NAFTA, the US Government is allowing uninspected rotten beef from Mexico into the USA to be mixed with American produced beef. I am sure this disgusting mixture finds it’s way into fast food restaurants and supermarkets! The Mexican beef is also tainted with the steroid clenbuterol that sickens hundreds of people each year ! Purchase ONLY 100% ORGANIC products !!!

  4. “According to the data, amongst the eight fast food hamburger patties tested, meat content ranged between 2.1 and 14.8 percent, with an average of about 12.1 percent. This means that for a half-pound burger, less than one ounce of it is composed of actual meat, on average. And for those burgers on the lowest end of the meat spectrum, a half-pound patty contains less than five grams of actual meat.

    “Fast food hamburgers are comprised of little meat,” wrote the authors in their study abstract. “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.”

    Besides their lack of meat, some fast food hamburger patties were also found to contain potentially harmful bacteria and ammonia. Two of the hamburgers tested, for instance, were found to contain intracellular parasites, also known as Sarcocystis, which are basically cysts. In humans, undercooked meats containing Sarcocystis can cause diarrhea or muscle tenderness, and in more extreme cases breathing problems and even death. ” from the article

  5. The way statistics are manipulated makes me skeptical of any study that is intentionally vague. I have no reason to dispute the results as they are understood on it’s face but I am not comfortable repeating or sharing any claim it makes so to me, the study was a waste of time and money. If naming makes them liable for a lawsuit then we need to address that first. CACL (Canadian Anti Corruption League) is a movement starting hoping to become a political party wanting to deal with these kind of issues. Get behind CACL or start your own and let’s change these nations of lies we live in. Anyone into organic food and/or alternative health should feel foolish if they help vote the people in who are in. The people in power now are not going to change this for us. Look at their track record. Spoiling is the least you can help next time you vote. I haven’t heard of people doing that since I was a kid.

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