Eating fast food is a rite of passage for most Americans. Whether you’re secretly hitting the drive-thru two nights a week for quick and easy dinners or you restrict yourself to McDonald’s cheeseburgers only on special occasions, just about everybody indulges occasionally. One study found that the average citizen spends $1,200 per year on fast food and 44% of people eat it once per week. It really makes you wonder: Is fast food as terrible for your health as they say?
The short answer is that moderation is key. You shouldn’t eat fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but dining on it sometimes won’t ruin your health. Ahead, check out all the common myths about fast food that aren’t actually true.
1. Myth: McDonald’s shakes don’t contain dairy
Perceptive conspiracy theorists wonder why the blended frozen drinks at McDonald’s are just called “shakes” and not “milkshakes.” Some speculate that it’s because they’re made of chemicals rather than real milk, but that’s simply not true.
The FAQ section on the McDonald’s website words it this way: “Our shakes contain milk from our reduced-fat soft serve, which makes them thick and creamy. Dairy regulations actually vary from state to state on what can officially be called a ‘milkshake.’ We like to keep it simple and refer to them strictly as ‘shakes.’”
Next: It’s time to discover the truth about Taco Bell meat.