Before McDonald’s switched from cooking its fries in beef tallow to vegetable oil, the fries had more saturated beef fat than their hamburgers.
A Wisconsin man has eaten over 30,000 Big Mac hamburgers over 46 years, averaging 2 per day. He has only missed eight days in those 46 years, including when his mother died as she requested he forgo the burger in her memory. He appeared on the The Ellen Degeneres Show to have his cholesterol checked—and it reported at a steady 140 mg/dL. In 2006, he ran the San Diego marathon and crossed the finish line holding his 21,387th Big Mac.
McDonald’s once created bubblegum-flavored broccoli in an attempt to make kids eat more vegetables. The taste confused children and the product was pulled before it even reached the shelves.
Quebec banned ads for toys and fast food aimed at children under 13, resulting in lowered childhood obesity rates.
Disney quietly cut ties with McDonald’s in 2006 so as not to be associated with childhood obesity.
In 2005, a woman falsely claimed she found a finger in her food at Wendy’s. The fast food chain suffered an estimated US$21 million in lost business.
To save time for workers constructing the new World Trade Center, a Subway restaurant pod was put on hydraulic legs next to tower cranes so that it could be moved up the building as it was built.
In 2012, then 17 year old, Stacey Irvine, was rushed to the hospital with difficulty breathing, anemia, and severe vitamin deficiencies. This was caused by her diet of only chicken nuggets and French fries.
McDonald’s own employee health benefits page warned employees to avoid burgers and fries out of health concerns.