Fast food facts for your mind

Haven’t we all heard someone saying “Fast food is bad for you,” “When I saw how it is made, I couldn’t eat it anymore” and so on?

Nowadays, more and more people seem to choose healthier lifestyle, so it’s easy to say that fast food may seem on a fast decline. However, what many of you don’t realize, it’s quite the opposite. Statistics show otherwise – this industry is thriving and growing.

1) Annual Fast Food Revenue in the US is $110 Billion

I’m guessing that you ate some fast food this week, haven’t you?

2) 50 Million Americans Fast Food Every Day

That’s roughly 1 in 7 people everyday!

3) A Third of Children Eat Fast Food on a Daily Basis

34% of children between 2 and 19 years old. Studies show that newer generations emphasize an importance of eating “clean food”, but they still would choose fast food over a full service restaurant.

4) The Fast Food Consumption Rate Hasn’t Changed in 15 Years

Even though you might think that popularity of fast food is decreasing, this industry is far from declining. Its consumption rate hasn’t changed in 15 years. Many fast food chains have begun offering “healthier eating” options

5) A Fast Food Meal is 37% of Your Daily Calories

Fast food may be an option when you’re having to rush all day, but its nutritional content won’t provide you the energy you need for the whole day. On average, fast food gives you only 37% of your daily calorie intake. Also it will give you 42.6% of carb intake for the day, 33.6% of daily fat and 15.4% of daily protein.

6) McDonald’s Is Making Cleaner Food

2017 was the McDonald’s decided to stop serving chicken that was raised on human antibiotics. Though this is a huge step for McDonald’s – they’re still behind the times in this movement. Panera and Chipotle began their shift from antibiotics almost ten years ago.

In addition, McDonald’s has stopped serving buns with high fructose corn syrup and begun to limit the artificial preservatives in their food. It’s unsure as to whether these ingredient changes are driven by the FDA or a shift in consumer needs. Either way, they’re doing what it takes to stay competitive with both other fast food chains, and the quickly growing fast casual market.

7) The Average Menu Item Is 12% Lower Than It was in 2013

Surprisingly enough, the nutritional content of a fast food meal is actually lower than it was in 2012. In 2013, fast food restaurants decreased their menu item’s calories by 12% which is a 60 calorie average.

McDonald’s kick started this movement in 2013 by making yet another pledge to improve their menu in 20 of the largest market’s, which makes up 85% of their total sales. Though they announced that the menu changes would be finished by 2020, it’s apparent that they have already made a huge impact on improving the fast food industry.

8) McDonald’s Owns 35,000 Locations

McDonald’s has more locations than Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and Arby’s combined?

9) McDonald’s Is More Recognized than the Christian Cross

To say that McDonald’s is a powerhouse is an understatement. Recent studies actually show that the McDonald’s arches is more globally recognizable than the Christian cross. 7,000 people were surveyed throughout six different countries, and 88% were able to identify the McDonald’s logo, whereas only 54% identified the Christian cross.

10) Children See 3-5 Fast Food Ads Per Day

It’s no surprise that McDonald’s arches are more recognizable than the Christian cross when kids are exposed to five fast food ads everyday. We can all sing the “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle on command, and can pick out the Wendy’s girl from a crowd. The mouthwatering commercials have more of an effect on children than you might think. The perceived food quality in commercials in combination with the affordable price can make anyone want to ditch their $10 salad for a Happy Meal.

As food trends quickly shift to healthier options, it appears that the fast food industry is keeping up the pace. This booming industry wins the hearts of 50 million Americans every day. The current generation of kids are growing up in a generation where fast food can be inexpensive and healthy. Having already seen improvements in the past 4 years, it’s exciting to see where the industry will be in upcoming years.


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