9 Fast-Food Facts...or Fiction?

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Milkshakes and Thickburgers

Fact or fiction: Burger King's milkshakes contain seaweed. Fiction: The idea, however, is rooted in some truth. The sweet treats contain carrageenan, a substance derived from carrageen, a type of seaweed. Carrageenan is commonly used as a suspending agent in foods, a clarifying agent in beverages, and for controlling crystal growth in frozen products. Label sleuths will see carrageenan on the package of many processed foods, and it is in shakes for other fast-food chains as well.

Fact or fiction: A 140-pound woman would have to walk for four hours to burn off the Hardee's Monster Thickburger. Fact: Weighing in at 1,420 calories, this sandwich packs the caloric equivalent of two Big Macs or five McDonald's hamburgers. If you throw in an order of fries, you'd be consuming more than 2,000 calories in one sitting -- that's more than many people eat in a day. Run from this Monster!

Fact or fiction: Only seven items on McDonald's entire menu contain no sugar. Fact: Spurlock touts this factoid in his documentary Supersize Me.



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