“All-Natural” Hamburger?

Ladies and gentlemen, I am…concerned. I was watching TV the other day when a new commercial came up for Carl’s Jr. featuring the “All-Natural” Hamburger…

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The Single All-Natural Burger
Introducing fast food’s first All-Natural Burger. A grass-fed, free-range charbroiled beef patty with no added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics, topped with natural cheddar cheese and vine-ripened tomatoes.

A few things to point out here. First, there are a lot of fast food chains. Many of them sell hamburgers. They’re telling me this is the only all-natural hamburger sold by a fast food chain? If so…oh my gosh.

Second, and probably the most glaring, the all-natural burger is from cows that are grass-fed. Is that supposed to be a big deal? I’ve seen many a cow in my day and all they eat is grass. What else can you feed a cow?! Though, I have heard distressing news from my best friend on what else cows eat. I hope he’s kidding. Ugh…

Third, the cows used to make these all-natural burgers are not given hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. …I don’t know how to take this. Why would you give a cow…hormones, steroids, even antibiotics, for what reason? Honestly. Dare we take a closer look?

antibiotics: any of a large group of chemical substances, as penicillin or streptomycin, produced by various microorganisms and fungi, having the capacity in dilute solutions to inhibit the growth of or to destroy bacteria and other microorganisms, used chiefly in the treatment of infectious diseases.

hormones: a substance, usually a peptide or steroid, produced by one tissue and conveyed by the bloodstream to another to effect physiological activity, such as growth or metabolism.

steroids: any of a large group of fat-soluble organic compounds containing a characteristic chemical ring system. The majority, including the sterols, bile acids, many hormones, and the D vitamins, have important physiological action (physiology: the branch of biology dealing with the functions and activities of living organisms and their parts, including all physical and chemical processes).

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Olympic participants can’t take steroids, but they’re giving them to cows? (sigh) I don’t understand what’s going on.

Finally, the ad goes on to say “natural cheddar cheese” and “vine-ripen” tomatoes. The cheddar cheese isn’t always natural? Don’t all tomatoes qualify as vine-ripened? Please note, this is the only hamburger on the menu that is all-natural. If you order something else off of their menu or eat a hamburger from a different fast food chain…good luck.

So, it begs me to ask the question: What are these businesses doing to our food?

In the United States of America, there are complaints of obesity. We have people dying of various cancers. Medical bills are piling up in many homes and the government struggles to figure out how to lower healthcare costs. The companies continue to sell what health experts insist is not healthy for us because they’d lose too much money otherwise. On top of that, too many people use their freedom of choice to eat the foods they know are bad for them. 😦

My conclusion…I know the food taste good. I haven’t had this particular burger (I haven’t eaten from a fast food chain in months) but I know the burgers from Carl’s Jr. and other chains taste good. Problem is…I want to live. I want to be healthy. I want to see other people be happy, healthy, and medical-debt free.

But that’s not going to begin to happen if the cows don’t even eat grass anymore.

Sincerely,
Eric Christopher Jackson

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