Well, it depends. What are you thinking about when you hear the word “hamburger”? If you’re not a vegetarian and enjoy having a burger every once in a while or on a regular basis, I’m guessing that you’d expect to be ingesting what a HAM-burger should contain as per its designated name, i.e. a high amount of meat, of course. Well, I’got some bad news for you folks. A team of American researchers from the Laurel School in Ohio tested the products from 8 famous hamburger brands and the results might be shocking for some of you. The water amount found in hamburgers varies between 37.7% and 62.4% while the amount of meat in these delicious food surrogates stands anywhere between 2.1 and 14.8 percent. Pretty cool, huh? But wait, it gets even better.
Now, if you think that’s bad enough, just wait to see some of the other magic ingredients of a regular hamburger: processed blood vessels, fat, ears, tails, huffs, cartilage, plus other really super-“healthy” stuff, such as mayonnaise, ketchup, French fries and so on. Let me give you a little quote from the scientific study:
“Fast food hamburgers are comprised of little meat .Approximately half of their weight is made up of water. Unexpected tissue types found in some hamburgers included bone, cartilage, and plant material; no brain tissue was present.”
You’re not so happy now that you know these facts, are you? If you’re a vegan,I bet that you have a big grin on your face while reading this. The fun part is yet to come. Guess what these guys have also found in a number of those yummy-looking burgers! Some nice bacteria and ammonia fellows that are real jerks and will ruin your digestion while bringing serious damage to your body! The stars of the show are the parasites called Sarcocystis which are usually found in under-cooked meat and will bless you with nausea, abdominal pains, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, sometimes pruritic rashes and so on and so forth.
Now, don’t take me for a tree-hugger or anything like that, because I certainly am not. Also, I don’t have elves in my family. I really enjoy a good steak and some of my best friends are pigs. I’m not writing this for scaring anyone, I just hope that I could trigger an alarm signal regarding what people eat and convince at least a small amount of them about how important it is to pay more attention on what they consider to be food. I don’t have to be a doctor to offer that kind of advice, you know.
You really are what you eat.