Learn how to be a smart drinker!

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Since parties and celebrations always come up  if you feel like having a drink here’s how to do it so that you’ll feel better and you won’t put your health at risk.

Alcohol has the ability to inhibit the activity of both digestive enzymes and some metabolic enzymes. The only alimentary alcohol are alcohol and alcoholic beverages obtained by fermentation (beer, vodka, wine, whisky, cider, calvados, cognac, brandy, or alcohol based on fermentation of agricultural origin: liqueurs, bitters etc) and not alcoholic drinks based on synthetic ethyl gasoline.

YOU MUST NOT:
-    drink alcohol on an empty stomach in the first part of the day
-    mix alcoholic drinks or energy drinks with drugs, medicines

YOU SHOULD:
-    eat solid and hard to digest foods, (eg. bread and butter) to slow down alcohol absorption and drunkenness
-    if you have a drink during dinner, than you should have food that is nutritious, rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients
-    avoid alcohol association with smoking
-    take breaks in the fresh air and do some exercise while you’re drinking
-    drink only natural authentic alcohol, in moderation

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All you need to know about fresh or dried fruit

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The only 100% healthy sweets are raw, organic fruits that you may eat throughout their growing season. You should also know that home-made traditional dried fruits, such as apples, pears or plums are recommended during cold seasons. The traditional plum jam with no added sugar is a healthy, energizing, invigorating sweet, which can be eaten in moderation by diabetics as long as they respect the principle of excluding the equivalent amount of carbohydrates from other daily foods.

Home baked sweets using white flour, animal fat or vegetable oils and sugar are only recommended at great celebrations and in moderate quantities (apple pie, fruit tart, etc..). Industrial puddings are not healthy, since they have high glicemic index, many E numbers and artificial flavors.

A wholesome home baked sweet can be the ice-cream sorbet made from fresh fruit juices frozen on sticks.

Fresh fruit juices should be prepared in a blender to obtain a puree, without removing the skins and pulp. The puree is to be diluted with water and consumed immediately, on an empty stomach and not mixed with cereals or other ingredients.

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Use your diet and lifestyle to fight depression

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Overloading the body with toxins from food will strongly affect our mood states. With time, sadness, apathy, lack of energy and enthusiasm for life will take over our lives.

Natural, whole food meals and their correct association, together with food diversity will ease digestion and will stimulate detoxification (while also giving up the sedentary lifestyle).

Many foods provide an important amino acid called tryptophan. It is the precursor of serotonin, also called the hormone of happiness. Foods rich in tryptophan are yeast, fish, eggs, not refined grains, peanuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, unsalted and not roasted hazelnuts. Lupine (coffee) contains a large amount of tryptophan and a bitter toxic alkaloid which must be removed by soaking and boiling the seeds in salt water. You can buy it ready and packed from the supermarket. Coffee beans are nutritious vegetables and don’t have too many calories; you can have coffee beans for breakfast especially in winter, when depression can occur due to lack of light, which affects the epiphysis gland function. Also, prolonged work in areas devoid of natural light may induce depression.

Cashew nuts are wholesome antidepressants. A hundred grams cashew nuts contain about 0.3 to 0.4 g tritpofan; 30-50 g cashew nuts can be eaten per day, over a period of 15 days, especially during winter, preferably in the morning at breakfast, together with some natural honey or during the evening between 17-20 pm.

Excessive consumption of industrial foods, especially those based on meat, cheese, sugar and refined grains can cause metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis is known to be a source of depression – foods rich in B vitamins fight against acidosis and depression. Here are some examples of food products that are rich in B vitamins: fresh wheat germ, food supplements that contain yeast, whole cereals, liver.

Raw plums, dried plums or traditional plum jam also have antidepressant effects.

Avoid excesses! A diet that is too restrictive, boring, severe and that consists of food with no biological value will have strong adverse effects on our health and mood, triggering strong depression.

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3 Ideas for a healthy lunch!

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Lunch can include fast sugars (honey, brown sugar) and semi fast sugar to avoid protein storage and to fight against the fatigue of our organs during the day.

You can complete the nutritional balance with foods that are rich in animal protein and have a low fat content: poultry meat (chicken, turkey, quail); food that contains vegetable protein and complex carbohydrates: lentil, beans, peas, beans sheaths, carrots, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, soft drinks: natural mineral water, green tea, black tea or black coffee.

Example 1

  • 200 g stewed grilled chicken meat
  • 200 g grilled vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, peppers) or carrots, steamed broccoli
  • mineral water, green tea, filter black coffee

Example 2

  • 150 g durum wheat spaghetti and quinoa seasoned with extra virgin olive oil sauce with peperoncino and tomatoes, sprinkled with parmesan cheese
  • basmati rice pudding with goat cheese
  • mineral water, black coffee espresso

Example 3 – lunch suited for fasting period

  • endive salad seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
  • 200 g tofu (soy cheese) seasoned with soy sauce
  • natural mineral water with lemon juice, green tea.
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What are we allowed to eat during the evening?

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At dinner you can eat animal proteins (fish) and vegetables. Fats, cheese, starchy or fatty meat will be hard to digest and consequently the body will store fat in the form of adipose tissue, which in time will lead to overweight and obesity.

Warning! Meat soups are not recommended during the evening, because they can trigger outbursts of nocturnal hypertension. Soups and broths as well contain large amounts of amino acids, which at night can increase blood pressure. You can eat soups and broths at lunch, but with no cream and with no fatty meat. Vegetable soups and broths are mostly recommended.

You should have a light dinner that consists of the following: foods that contain easy to digest animal proteins, that are rich in essential fatty acids omega 3 with long chain, fish, seafood – not fried, foods that contain vegetable protein and small amounts of simple sugar: green vegetables (lettuce, spinach, asparagus), liquid drinks (natural mineral water).

Exmple of recommended dinner:

- 100 g oily fish: salmon, cod, mackerel, sardines, trout, herring, tuna
- Green vegetables
- Natural mineral water

Example of recommended dinner during the fasting period:

- salad made from mushrooms, sponges, well washed and prepared raw in the form of carpaccio with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley leaves.

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3 ideas that will make your breakfast healthy!

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ou mic dejunBreakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s a must we never skip breakfast! During the morning  we should eat about a third of our daily food and the menu should include: fats (butter, cheese, eggs), protein (red meat, eggs), slow carbohydrates (bread, boiled potatoes).

Example 1
-    1-2 scrambled eggs, preferably organic eggs or eggs labeled 1 or 2
-    70 g bread (3 slices) without additives
-    10-20 g natural butter (butter is consumed preferably during the morning)
-    herbal tea, green tea or black tea, good quality coffee (150ml), with no sweeteners. You can add little brown sugar or honey (only after the temperature drops below 40 ° C).

Example 2
-    150 g of grilled veal prepared without open fire under the meat, with a garnish of 300 g cooked vegetables seasoned with mushroom or tomato sauce
-    herbal tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, espresso coffee without milk. You can add a little brown sugar, natural honey, maple syrup only after the temperature drops below 40 ° C.

Example 3
-    breakfast cereals should be eaten preferably in one of the fasting days
-    breakfast cereals should be obtained from whole grain or from mixtures of durum and common wheat, quinoa or amaranth
-    cereals should not be obtained by swelling, oatmeal is recommended
-    cereals should preferably not be covered with frostings such as sugar, honey, caramel, chocolate
-    cereals will be associated with nuts, seeds and vegetables, but not with fruits, including dried fruit
-    cereals will be combined with tea, soy milk or rice milk and not with yoghurt or milk.

3 Ideas for a healthy lunch!

Lunch can include fast sugars (honey, brown sugar) and semi fast sugar to avoid protein storage and to fight against the fatigue of our organs during the day.


You can complete the nutritional balance with foods that are rich in animal protein and have a low fat content: poultry meat (chicken, turkey, quail); food that contains vegetable protein and complex carbohydrates: lentil, beans, peas, beans sheaths, carrots, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, soft drinks: natural mineral water, green tea, black tea or black coffee.



Example 1

- 200 g stewed grilled chicken meat

- 200 g grilled vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, peppers) or carrots, steamed broccoli

- mineral water, green tea, filter black coffee

Example 2

- 150 g durum wheat spaghetti and quinoa seasoned with extra virgin olive oil sauce with peperoncino and tomatoes, sprinkled with parmesan cheese

- basmati rice pudding with goat cheese

- mineral water, black coffee espresso

Example 3 – lunch suited for fasting period

- endive salad seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar

- 200 g tofu (soy cheese) seasoned with soy sauce

- natural mineral water with lemon juice, green tea.


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What is the relation between colon, eyes and ears? What about colon and migraines?

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The middle transverse colon is connected to the hypothalamus, a brain structure responsible for regulating the parameters for unconscious operating of our body. If this part of the colon is affected, absorbing liquids and nutrients from food is stopped.

Cecum (part of the digestive system) is related to the pituitary gland, responsible for regulation of water in the body. Stagnation of residues in the cecum can cause fatigue, diarrhea or constipation. The valve of the cecum is the area that reflects the relation between colon and eyes. Just above the cecum valve there is the ears projection. Irritation of intestinal walls in this area is associated with hearing loss and ear pain.

The colon and migraines

Frequent migraines may be linked with the accumulation of toxins in the colon. Moreover, a dirty colon can affect concentration and can decrease the ability to memorize. The accumulation of toxins in the colon and their poor elimination will allow the toxins to go back in the body. Self intoxication will trigger the decrease of natural oxidation processes in tissues;  the lack of adequate tissue oxygenation will trigger the decrease of vital energy. When the toxins in the colon get back in the body one is most likely to feel fatigue, lack of energy and headaches. These migraines are the so-called headaches with uncertain causes.

Under these conditions a detox diet with fiber supplements will not only clean the colon, but can at the same time prevent migraines.

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How does the colon influence other organs?

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The poisoned, dysfunctional colon may be the cause for the tired liver, arthralgia (joint pain), psoriasis, eczema or migraines. If our body is poisoned, then both internal and external signs will let us know. Irritated skin, inflexible, brittle, dull hair are the consequences of the sick colon.

There are clear links between our organs and our body parts, and this is why a diseased organ can cause pain in other body part.

The accumulation of toxins in the colon can cause remote problems. Therefore, if a part of the colon is irritated due to the accumulation of toxins then this may be associated with symptoms elsewhere in the body. This is how you can explain the connection between the colon and the tired liver, joint pain, psoriasis and migraines.

It is wrong to treat these symptoms without taking into account the colon. If you treat fatigue, headaches, joint pain only symptomatically then you won’t cure the cause. As long as the colon is left untreated, as long as toxins stay there, then the symptoms, namely joint pain, headaches, fatigue will persist or come back.

If you detox the colon then you might fix the tired liver, you may help relieve joint pain, cure psoriasis and eczema and cure the headaches. Moreover, you might just regain your skin elasticity, hair brightness and healthy nails.

The poisoned, dysfunctional colon may be the cause for the tired liver, arthralgia (joint pain), psoriasis, eczema or migraines. If our body is poisoned, then both internal and external signs will let us know. Irritated skin, inflexible, brittle, dull hair are the consequences of the sick colon.

There are clear links between our organs and our body parts, and this is why a diseased organ can cause pain in other body part.

The accumulation of toxins in the colon can cause remote problems. Therefore, if a part of the colon is irritated due to the accumulation of toxins then this may be associated with symptoms elsewhere in the body. This is how you can explain the connection between the colon and the tired liver, joint pain, psoriasis and migraines.

It is wrong to treat these symptoms without taking into account the colon. If you treat fatigue, headaches, joint pain only symptomatically then you won’t cure the cause. As long as the colon is left untreated, as long as toxins stay there, then the symptoms, namely joint pain, headaches, fatigue will persist or come back.

If you detox the colon then you might fix the tired liver, you may help relieve joint pain, cure psoriasis and eczema and cure the headaches. Moreover, you might just regain your skin elasticity, hair brightness and healthy nails.

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When do we need to detoxify? What are the symptoms?

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There are several signs that tell us that our body does not detoxify correctly and that it’s necessary to stimulate it by natural methods. What you must do is go on a diet that will help the body detoxify when you feel fatigue for no reason or when the energy level is low, even if you feed and rest sufficiently.

Why it is important to detoxify the body?

According to the holistic medicine, the colon is our body’s sewer system. If this system is clogged with food debris, then the toxins which were not eliminated get back into our body. In order to prevent this, you can use a natural colon cleanser and detoxifier which stimulates the body’s natural detoxification and also removes toxins from the colon. Colon detoxifications are recommended so as to prevent and treat constipation, to prevent bowel problems.

When do we turn to detox?

There are several signs that tell us that our body does not detoxify correctly and that it’s necessary to stimulate it by natural methods. What you must do is go on a diet that will help the body detoxify when you feel fatigue for no reason, when the energy level is low, even if you feed and rest sufficiently.

Here are the most common signs:
-    drowsiness, efforts to wake up in the morning
-    depression, anxiety, nervousness, lack of concentration
-    strong-smelling stool
-    sweat and breath odor
-    whitish deposits on the tongue
-    appetite for sweets, crave for fried spicy foods – these are signs that tell us that our body is poisoned, and that it is necessary to support the body’s natural detoxification
-    if you frequently suffer from indigestion, if you frequently feel like vomiting, nausea.

Body detoxification is indicated with some chronic diseases such as acne, hemorrhoids, psoriasis, constipation, diabetes, rheumatism, arthritis, cancer. You need to detoxify your body if you are overweight or prone to obesity. It is therefore recommended to combine detoxification with fasting throughout the year.

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Do fast food products go bad or not?

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No other industry has generated lately so many urban legends as fast food industry; it is increasingly more present in our lives. Everyone has heard truths and exaggerations about how unhealthy fast-food products can be, about how many cows a hamburger contains or about the dubious content of some products. But perhaps the best known information regarding fast food products is the presumption that they do not go bad or they have a very long shelf life. TOTB has tested that belief, but not only traditional fast food products in the U.S., but also our shaorma.
Every April 1st there’s a new hoax that targets fast food companies, particularly giant McDonald’s. Grist.org, for example, announced in April 2010 that the company has given up a global initiative to recycle organic waste after U.S. scientists have confirmed that none of its menu items can be decomposed. The eco-profile publication then said it was a hoax, and McDonald’s representatives wrote on Twitter that the false news amused them and sent to a recycling initiative in the 90s. Another joke announced that due to fast food, corpses in cemeteries are no longer decomposed.

But apart from the many jokes at the expense of emerging companies that feed us with carbohydrate and fat, there were some real experiments. One of them was Super Size Me (2004), in which an American named Morgan Spurlock ate only fast food products from McDonald’s for a month. The protagonist of the experiment also made a documentary film that led to a strong anti fast food wave both in the States and Europe.

Another recent experiment was presented to us this year by artist Sally Davies. It showed that the Happy Meal menu at McDonald’s does not decompose, it does not go bad and, moreover, even after 6 months kept at room temperature, there are no visible signs that it would degrade in any way. She says that ingredients did not smell bad after the experiment; after a few days, not even her dog was pleased with the food.

After so many experiments, we at TOTB try to learn the truth about decomposing of fast food products. Not only because we were skeptical to the experiments done so far, but we wanted to see for ourselves what the truth was. And this time we tried not to limit ourselves to a single company on this market. So we chose one well-known menu at McDonald’s and one at KFC, but we have included something more specific to the Balkan landscape: shaorma.
We initially discussed the expectations each of us had with regards to the experiment and then we went to work. Read the whole story below:

Episode 1: Famous McDonald’s (Ionut Dulamita)

Seven years ago, when I arrived in Bucharest for college, I was a slim man – 76 kg at a height of 1.84 m – and I was used to eating three times a day. But when a provincial of 19 years comes to the capital, consumer capitalism is the first to open the gates of the city and it lures him with its glamorous attractions. Ready to eat food nicely packaged and promoted, that you are served on the spot by overly friendly men in a consumer friendly restaurant taste infinitely better than schnitzel pork with mashed potatoes. So my first tour of Bucharest was garnished with Big Mac sandwiches from McDonald’s and crispy strips from KFC, seasoned necessarily with a large serving of golden fries that I was devouring as seeds or as chocolate. Later on, after I got drunk in the club, I was lured by the garlic sauce and crispy chicken and 5 o’clock in the morning was not too early or too late for me and my shaorma! Soon, eating McDonald’s, KFC and shaorma became part of my daily routine. Three years later, I was 96 kg at the same height of 1.84 m.

At the beginning

It was still fast food that helped me lose weight. One Sunday I ordered lasagna. When I arrived home I had some Chinese food and later on, after 9 pm, a friend of mine visited me armed with five assorted pieces of chicken from KFC, big as a fist, only for me. I was sick for three days and I ate only salads for a while or nothing at all. I have not eaten any fast food in 2 years and I managed to lose 20 kg and, since then, I have managed to maintain a constant weight. Now and then I will have a shaorma or something from McDonald’s,  not because I am be very skeptical of consumerist practices, but simply because they taste really good and spare me the time spent in the kitchen. I started the experiment one month ago; I was sure that the ingredients of Big Mac menu would give rise to a monster; the ingredients are: a beef burger with a slice of cheese, pickled cucumbers, strips of lettuce and mayonnaise and a portion of roasted potatoes. I was also sure that food will have a pungent smell, like that of any other food you just left there to rot.
I was so sure of the outcome. Especially since I left the burger and potatoes on the kitchen table, where it was warm during the first three weeks. Two weeks later, I was surprised to see that there was no bad odor in the kitchen. Fries, meat, bun, the slice of cheese and the pickled cucumber and salad had shrunk, but their appearance was almost unchanged. The mayonnaise was gone. The meat and bun looked exactly like they did when I bought them, whereas fries, cucumbers, lettuce and the slice of cheese were emaciated. Someone who came to visit could gobble them unless I was there to stop them. The meat smelled but in no disturbing way, and I could only feel it if I put my nose in the bread – it smelled like smoked sheep meat. Potatoes became brittle and had an oily smell. Food did not smell as if it had gone bad. Things did not change much over the following two weeks.

One month later

The ingredients were dry and hard and became rock hard. Only cucumbers and lettuce sometimes caught a pronounced greenish tinge, silky locks, and they stuck to the walls roll like some fossilized remains. The rest looks the same, only slightly reduced after the drying process. Meat and potatoes have kept smell mentioned above, perhaps a bit mad, one that is felt only when you approach the nose by those ingredients. I ventured to taste the French fries, which, frankly, are just a taste of the oil without any trace of flavor and break easily between teeth. I tasted meat and I was not turned stomach. But I tried a second time. It has the consistency of oatmeal cookie and a synthetic taste oily, but one that brings the sheep, slightly spicy. It’s a bad taste, but not a classic rotten meat, which I had the opportunity to taste the college. I do not know how many shows this experiment, but I know I left several times chicken in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen table, less than a month and got the mold and smell awful.
I will definetely eat food from McDonald’s again; but I’d feel better if I knew that they give rise to organic monsters just like any other type of food.

Episode 2: The popular KFC (Roxana Piece)

The wings at McDonald’s have always been my guilty pleasure. Whenever I managed to refrain from sweets for a few days, I allowed myself to have something from McDonald’s. So in my case, going to the fast food was associated with a feeling of reward; I had to go to KFC and buy the “Project” – a Crispy Strips menu – which I was to study for a month. That reminded me of other experiments that have shown how such food does not go bad for longer periods of time. Only when I walked into KFC restaurant, on the first day of the experiment, did I really wonder how old the food I was buying was. If we were in a movie, then this would have been the time when you could hear the dramatic music like when a detective finds a blonde hair next to a corpse.

First day

I put the “project” on the microwave oven in one corner of the kitchen. The food smelled so good, and I was really tempted to eat them up and the project could come to an end sooner than planned. Starting with the next day, I did not have to refrain too much, because the repugnant smell of oil ensured the continuation of the experiment. You could not feel it in the room, but if you smelled it up close, the bad odor made you puke. Still, there was no visual change. On the fourth day, crispy strips and fries started to “shrink”. That did not stop my guests to be tempted by a potato or a strip. Only after I gave my word that the menu had been staying there for several days did they decide not to eat up all the food.
The shrinking continued slowly but surely, every day, and I was expecting not to find anything but the paper packaging filled with dry oil. Over the following next two weeks of the experiment, KFC goodies continued to shrink. Food did not look as if it had gone bad and I thought that it must be full of worms on the inside. Much to my surprise, there was nothing but meat.

30 days later

Only in the last week could you see “flowers” of mold on one of the chicken pieces, on the side next to the paper, not on the surface. They extended to cover all the side underneath. Other pieces of chicken are intact. Potatoes are just thinner than in the beginning. Finally, after 30 days, I have a smaller Crispy Strips menu that is hard rock and smells like in the second day of experiment and it has some mold on it.

Episode 3: Is shaorma really so different? (Magor Csibi)

It was not the first time I heard that fast food products do not go bad quickly, but I guess you just have to see it to believe it.

First day

Is shaorma really so different?

We all know that shaorma is a popular product in Bucharest. At the level of prejudice, it seems we have a more positive attitude towards shaorma. Most people who heard about this experiment thought that it would go bad in a few days, others in a few hours. So did I. I thought that in maximum two days all the food will go bad, including the French fries.

The meat in the mixed shaorma I bought was not minced meat and I thought that it was not  treated with various substances or preservatives. Potatoes are just like those from any other fast food, frozen, removed from the bag and cooked in the fryer. I was convinced that ayran (Turkish yogurt) that accompanies shaorma will go bad in a few hours, shaorma in a few days (no more than three), and fries will go bad in a month. I sat the menu on the living room. But I had no idea that surprises were in store for me.
My expectations did not prove to be accurate. I had to wait two days until I saw some change. The paper cup with the ayran could no longer hold the creamy liqueur. So I transferred the ayran to a tea cup. A week later, my friend ate some of the fries, as she had forgotten all about the experiment.
10 days later, the ayran went bad. It smelled awfully. However, the potatoes and shaorma looked and smelled as usual. 16 days later, shaorma started to give out a smell, not precisely of rotten meat, but rather as a wet sock left in a plastic bag. The fries looked as good as in the first day.

The end of month

At the end of the month, shaorma looked just like in the first day. The only difference was that the cabbage and cucumbers looked visibly smaller due to the warm temperature in the living room. The odor was not so bad. When I opened the packaging, I saw some black mold which gave out a bad odor; however, meat had not really gone bad, but the ingredients had shrunk and gone bad.

Over the last month my personal myth was proven wrong.

Conclusions

In an experiment of this kind there’s not too much we can add. We wanted to check if the legends were true and we learned that they partly are.
There are exaggerations and malicious news which say that these products do not decompose or that last for months in the most adverse conditions. We should not fear that we eat a burger or a shaorma after they gone bad. Food may look fresh, but none of the tested products can be confused with its fresh counterpart. They smelled slightly spoiled, and at first touch / taste the difference can be easily seen.
More worrying is the fact that the meat goes bad after a long time; the change takes place slowly and gradually. Since Ionut managed to taste a burger with chips that were a month old, then we can definitely question the quality of products and of chemicals therein.
Another important lesson is that fast food is nothing but… fast food. There are no more noble varieties, like shaorma or schnitzel. It seems that most fast food products go bad at the same extent and are of similar quality.
You should draw your own conclusions. When you stand in the line at McDonald’s or KFC you are just like in a voting booth. You are on your own. The decision is yours. Just think about this old saying: Would you eat something that not even mold eats?

Sursa: http://think.adevarul.ro/2010/12/se-strica-sau-nu-produsele-de-tip-fast-food/

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