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Shocking: Fast Food Hamburgers Could be as Little as 2% ACTUAL Meat

Mike Barrett
August 1st, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 7:02 pm
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hamburger 263x164 Shocking: Fast Food Hamburgers Could be as Little as 2% ACTUAL MeatHere at NaturalSociety we’ve covered countless reasons to avoid fast food at all costs. This cheaply-processed food fuels illness and disease due to containing numerous harmful ingredients – some of which are actually banned in other countries. But if you need yet another reason to avoid the junk, here it is: According to a study published in the journal Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, some fast food hamburgers may contain as little as 2% actual meat.

For the study, researchers analyzed the content of 8 fast food hamburger brands. To ensure that there was no bias in the results, they assigned each hamburger with an anonymously designated name, ranging from H1 to H8. While it would only logical to assume that hamburgers are made up primarily of meat, much of the 5 billion hamburgers consumed by Americans annually actual contain very little meat (and could contain a whole host of other ingredients.

Study Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of what you might find in a fast food hamburger according to the study’s findings:

  • Water content by weight ranged from 37.7% to 62.4% (mean of 49%).
  • Meat content in the hamburgers ranged from 2.1% to 14.8% (median of 12.1%).
  • The cost per gram of hamburger ranged from $0.02 to $0.16 (median of $0.03).
  • Relatively preserved skeletal muscle was observed.
  • A variety of tissue types besides skeletal muscle were observed including connective tissue, blood vessels, peripheral nerve, adipose tissue, plant material, cartilage, and bone.

The study concludes with:

“Fast food hamburgers are comprised of little meat (median, 12.1%). 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. Sarcocystis parasites were discovered in 2 hamburgers.”

Unfortunately, the study abstract nor the 4 pages of the study (you can sign up for free to view the study for 5 minutes) reveal where the 8 hamburgers came from, which most individuals will be upset about (including myself). But the study most likely involved at least some popular fast food hamburgers, leaving you to make your own educated conclusion.

In the end, the research simply backs the notion that fast food is questionable at best and health-compromising at worst. The junk food may cost very little, but you truly don’t know what you’re paying for with conventional food this day and age. Fast food hamburgers contain numerous health-damaging ingredients, and is the complete opposite of healthful organic beef coming from grass-fed cows. Avoid fast food; you don’t know what you’re getting into.

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  • Homer

    Forgive my visual Autistic needs but I don’t think it’s a good idea to have a real glorious fat’ juicy home-style angus teen burger on a home-made bun with real cheese representing this article.

  • garlic boy

    psychic vampires lobbing there darts around is bad for you (much more than a dodgy burger) especially when no one says or does anything about it. Expose and counter (with truth) this parasitic behaviour for what it is.. get over it vamps and try rejoining your true selves.. those who start to realise whats going on don't become the same in an act of defence but gain some real spiritual understanding..

  • alice

    i wonder if fast food burgers actually have more poly unsaturated fats than saturated fat considering the lack of actual "meat".

  • Kyle

    That cost per gram cannot be right. That would mean the mean the cost of the hamburger is $13.59 per pound.

    • IF0rmZ

      "The cost per gram of hamburger ranged from $0.02 to $0.16 (median of $0.03)."

      That basically equates to about $0.56 to $4.48 (median of $0.84) per pound. There are 28 grams in 1 pound (or 16 ounces).

      • IF0dumBass

        28 grams per ounce, 16 ounces per pound.

  • Sujay

    I already know about this as I have read about it a while ago. However I still find it disgusting that they would use all sorts of body parts to make their meat and use chemicals like ammonia on the burgers. I just don't understand why they would do this. Shocking.