Fast food is an interesting thing. Not only are there tons of myths surrounding how unhealthy it is and the origins of the food people consume, but people also believe the myths... which makes it even more intriguing. This is not to say that all fast food is healthy or holds some kind of nutritional value; of course, this is far from the truth for some chains and their offerings. However, that also doesn't mean that every fast-food joint is artery-clogging or full of foods that should be on the 'inedible' list.


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It's time to debunk some of those chaotic rumors so that people can get back to eating their breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Not every fast-food chain will be offering something that's only slightly healthier than what you could find in a dumpster, and not every fast-food chain is always healthy... but that doesn't mean pink slime and cabbage-infused onions are exactly accurate of the food we eat, either.

Pink Slime Is Used In Chicken McNuggets

This has been a myth for some time now and while it gained enough speed to turn people off McDonald's nuggets, it's simply not true. Mickey D's fans can breathe a sigh of relief now because this supposed pink slime plays no role in the creating, making, or cooking of chicken nuggets.

In fact, it couldn't be further from the truth - while much of the McDonald's menu wouldn't exactly be considered 'healthy' by traditional standards, the chicken nuggets are made with boneless white meat. In order to prove this to fans, the fast-food chain even posted a video that showed how the nuggets were made... and pink slime was nowhere to be found.

Taco Bell's Meat Is Rated Below Average

Rumor has it that the meat used by Taco Bell is grade 'D,' which simply can't be true for a number of reasons. The first reason is that according to the standards set by the FDA, there is no such thing as a 'Grade D' rating system for meat.

This means that even if the ground beef used by the fast-food chain was on the lower end of the scale, it wouldn't even possess this rumored 'D' rating. Secondly, Taco Bell, specifically, was ranked as the healthiest fast-food chain in the U.S. This means that not only is the chain's meat a non-issue, but its other ingredients even stack up against the fast-food competition.

The Eggs In The McMuffin Aren't Real

If the eggs aren't real, then what could they possibly be? There was a myth circling around that the eggs used in McDonald's McMuffin were anything but real and this, also, could not be further from the truth. Considering the transparency the company showed during the pink slime fiasco, it should be believed that when the chain claims real eggs go into its breakfast sandwiches, it's the truth. Need further proof?

The eggs used are Grade A, are cleaned, and are then weighed before being cracked and cooked in McDonald's kitchens. Some other menu items use liquid eggs which, for the record, are also real eggs.

White Castle Doesn't Use Real Onions

Somewhere along the way it was determined that White Castle doesn't use actual onions in their burgers and it was a strange rumor, as well as one that just didn't make sense. For starters, onions are not at the top end of the list when it comes to expensive ingredients so even if a fast-food chain was trying to cut costs by substituting another vegetable - such as cabbage, in this case - it wouldn't necessarily be cost-efficient.

Secondly, the claim was that the cabbage pieces were soaked in 'onion juice' in order to provide that onion-like flavor. After considering this, it begs another question: how could a chain get ahold of onion 'juice' without the onions, and would that not be costly, as well? Regardless, the chain has plenty of footage of their burgers being made, with real onions, as they have been for decades at all 420 U.S. locations.

A Fast-Food Burger Could Stay 'Fresh' For Years

There have been plenty of claims from people who state that their fast-food items have remained 'fresh' or, at least, without mold or rot for years. The intention of this claim is to back up the idea that fast food has so many additives and preservatives that it simply won't break down and, contrary to what many people believe to be true, this just isn't.

Just like any other processed food, including anything from the grocery store that's processed, anything edible will eventually break down. This myth has been debunked time and time again.

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