Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The What? Why? and Really? Anyone up for some good ole' KFB: Kentucky Fried Brain?

When I saw the title of the article

When I read the article. 

Do you see my face as I type this right now?

I'll pass on the fast food once again.  Poor little Ibrahim Langoo.  Smh.  Oh, poor little Ibrahim Langoo.  The boy probably just finished an intense afternoon of studying music sheets and scripts (he's a musical theater major) and could no longer take the orchestra concert going on in his tummy.  He just wanted to rest his weary head and fill his growling tummy with some brain food from good ole' KFC..........but not literally!  

So he orders the Gladiator box from this KFC restaurant in Colchester, Essex (UK) and sits down to grub.   Little did he know that in the next few bites he would find himself munching on a what seemed to be a chicken's cognitive control center also known as the brain! Ewwww!  I just can't even.  It was actually later confirmed to be a kidney by the KFC crew.  I don't know about that.  Looks pretty "brainy" to me.  But I guess since now that it's a kidney that makes things better, I suppose.  I mean maybe eating brain/kidney is what it takes to show you can handle the Gladiator Box. 

Now this is just another reason I'm enjoying the good life, my people.  When it comes down to what I munch on, I don't have to worry about things like THIS (link to a much better visual of this "wrinkled brain-like" kidney).  My question is how did this bodily organ find its way into this boy's meal.  

I know why.   

John Doe got a text from his friend while he was working on the inspection line at the factory, thought it said, "Free VIP tickets to see Barry Manilow", almost had a heart attack because that's his boy and lost focus just as the kidney was passing through on the conveyer belt.   No one else caught it and then it got coated in batter and sent to this KFC where it was stored in the freezer until the day Ibrahim walked in.  Now John will have to live with that mistake for the rest of his life....causing the traumatization of poor little Ibrahim.  Smh.  But for real!  This is not a good look for the fast food industry.  

Photo Credit:  Wikipedia

Photo Credit: All Safe Pest Prevention
I've also heard of a couple of other instances where people have found unsightly and unsanitary things in their fast food meals.  

Surprises range from a fried mouse in a wrap to the unborn offspring of roaches in tacos.  Many have been considered myths as suggested by the law firm, Marler Clark.   This, however, was not a myth but was confirmed by modern day technology (snap* snap* on the smart phone).  

Photo Credit: Medical Art Therapy Blog
This is actually an opportunity to really take a step back and consider if fast food is ever a good option.  I mean, everything has its advantages and disadvantages, right?  That's how we determine whether it works for us or not.  If advantages outweigh the disadvantages, then we're okay, right?  Let's see what fast food really has to offer.

  • Cheap
  • Convenient
  • Available at all times (even 2AM = Wendy's)
  • Variety of meal options
  • Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks

  • Contains very little nutritional value
  • Deficient in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, the very molecules that prevent disease
  • Zero good fats but all saturated fats
  • Adverse effects of eating saturated fat and large amounts of salt and sugar outweighing the nutritional contributions of protein, carbohydrates and fats
  • Leaves you hungrier later on
  • Contributes to weight gain
  • Contributes to the difficulty of losing unwanted weight
  • Contributes to high cholesterol
  • Contributes to heart disease
  • Contributes to diabetes
  • Contributes to high blood pressure
  • Large serving sizes lead to overeating and consequently weight gain
  • Increases likelihood of having poor health
  • Increased risk of mortality
  • Contributes to global and childhood obesity
  • Downing a fast food meal IMMEDIATELY negatively affects the health of your blood vessels
    • Two quotes from the linked article:
      • "A single junk food meal, composed of saturated fat is detrimental to the health of the arteries".

      • "...after eating the junk food meal, the arteries of the study participants dilated 24% less than they did when in the fasting state. In contrast, the arteries were found to dilate normally and maintain good blood flow after the Mediterranean-type meal."..............quick translation = Normal blood vessel function was impaired by consuming the fast food meal.

For fast food, it's just not looking good.  It appears that the disadvantages are winning by "donkey lengths" as we say in JA.  
Photo Credit:  Youth Voices

So what's the conclusion here?  My people, say a big "Fall Back!" to empty calorie-packing, nutrient-lacking, high salt, sugar and fat-containing fast food meals.  Your body will give you a hug and fist bump like this:


Thank you for reading!  My people, I appreciate you all so much.  Be happy and healthy.  Ciao!

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