So I admit, even at 25, and a 3rd year medical student, I still am somewhat of a child. I still laugh when someone just farts rather loudly midsentence and then keeps going like nothing happened. I still can't seem to keep my room from looking like a small explosive device detonates inside it every morning, despite all the technological advances in de-explosifying small bedrooms that my local Ikea store has to offer. And I still eat fast food. In fact, my enjoyment of fast food is one of greatest vices. I literally have eaten every sandwich McDonalds and Burger king has ever made, uncountable times over. I probably have had more fast food in my life than non-fast food. Heck in the last 2 weeks alone, I must have eaten at least 30 pieces of heat-lamp baked fried chicken (4x 9-piece specials for $7.99) from a place called Popeyes chicken (kind of like a cajun version of KFC for you guys nack home in England).
Why is that? Why do people, myself included, love fast food despite it obviously being poison? A lot of people argue its cheap, but thats not really true. Dollar for dollar, you're better off buying food in a grocery store and cooking it yourself. No, its not money but 2 things. One is the time crunch. We have less and less time each day to actually cook and enjoy our meals. The other is reason is denial. Look at the name. Fast food. We hold on far too strongly to the belief that despite the bag soaked in grease, and laden with 3 or 4x the amount of salt you need, and despite all the millions of people who will develop heart disease because of this stuff, it still fundamentally is food. KFC fundamentally is just chicken. Arby's is just roast beef and bread. And Taco Bell still fundamentally is just ground meat and tortillas. Fundamentally its still just food (which should never go to waste) that's enough for me to overlook the rest of their flaws.
Well, today is the start of a new era. Apparently Taco Bell is being class-action sued because what they're calling beef doesn't actually have enough beef in it to call it beef. Its only maybe 35% meat and the rest is some mysterious concoction of fluids, chemicals, and who knows what else. It apparently has upset enough people to where they aren't going to sit around and take it anymore.
I am one of such people. I have nothing to do with the lawsuit, but damn it, no more fast food for me, and I recommend those of you who regularly frequent these places to consider a drastic lifestyle change as I just have. You can't even say its food anymore.