If there’s one thing guaranteed to foil my best attempts at a healthier lifestyle, it’s not remembering to stock the fridge with better-for-you snacks; and it’s not getting in a 30 minute walk at least 3 times a week — it’s fast food (following very closely by rich, chocolate desserts). It’s a battle I’ve fought – fairly unsuccessfully – for years, … and one that society in general also seems to be losing.
But not anymore!!! Two really gross stories this week may finally tame my FF addiction.
A new study by American academics of soda fountain machines finds that nearly half in one Virginia area may contain fecal contamination. If that’s not enough to turn your stomach, consider this: the study also found antibiotic-resistant microbes and E. coli in the samples.
Researchers noted no outbreaks of illnesses in the test area, don’t know if the results reflect a much broader trend, and are unsure of the cause behind the contamination (dirty hands, a re-used cleaning cloth, etc). But really, who cares, right? I’m going to think twice before I order anything to drink at my local joint!!!!
Now if the possibility of potentially ingesting a strangers’ fecal matter with your favorite diet soda isn’t enough to keep you away, how about this?
Researchers from Tufts University have just released results of a study demonstrating most commercially prepared foods – both pre-packaged and from restaurants – routinely contain more calories than the amounts listed in labels. The difference, according to the study, can be anywhere from 8-18 percent.
Burger King, Arby’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Starbucks bakery items, Dunkin’ Donuts – I may have finally found the tools to defeat you!!!!
Well, at least until my short term memory gives out ….