November 16this National Fast Food Day! Today is meant to celebrate everybody’s guilty pleasure: fast food! When ‘fast food’ was originally invented, the creators actually had the consumer’s best interest in mind, trying to get them their food as quickly as possible. Fast food dates all the way back to Ancient Roman times, when small street stands called “thermopoliums” offered sausage, bread and wine quick and ready to go. Fast food came to America in 1867 when the first hot dog stand opened in Coney Island.
Today, the general reception of fast food is starting to turn from positive to negative. It is a cuisine that is associated with poor quality of meat and even worse nutritional values. Even though everybody knows the health risks, Americans each spend about $1200 on the stuff every year! These large companies such as McDonald’s are trying to adapt to modern day diets, but most of their unhealthy items are still on their menu.
The thing to remember with fast food? Moderation! It is okay to go hit the drive-thru today, just make sure you make healthy choices for the rest of the week!
More Fun-Facts About Fast Food...
During the early 1900s, the hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat, and food for the poor. Street carts, not restaurants, typically served them.
McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets come in four shapes and they all have names: the boot, the ball, the bone, and the bell.
There are more than 300,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S. alone.
Because McDonald’s initially did not want its customers to stay and socialize, they prohibited newspaper boxes, candy machines, telephones, pinball machines, jukeboxes, and other types of entertainment. They also installed uncomfortable chairs to deter customers from lingering.
The popularization of the drive-thru led car manufacturers in the 1990s to install cup holders in the dashboards. As fast food drinks became larger, so did the cup holders.
Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas went back to school to earn his GED at the age of 61. He didn’t want people to see his success and feel inspired to drop out of high school.
Taco Bell has attempted to open stores in Mexico two different times. Their food was labeled as “American Food.”
Chipotle buys some of their avocados from singer Jason Mraz.
Because of a successful marketing campaign 40 years ago, KFC chicken has become a popular destination for Christmas dinner in Japan. Some customers place their Christmas orders two months in advance.
Pizza Hut made a delivery to the International Space Station in 2001. It cost around $1,000,000.