1#15 French fries are the most popular food in America, surpassing the sale of regular potatoes in 1970
We should seriously consider permanently changing their name to "Freedom Fries," not just because the name is absolutely hilarious, but because it's probably more appropriate. After all, we seriously doubt Parisians can hold a candle to New Yorker's when it comes to eating fries.
2#14 Taco Bell's taco salad has 52 grams of fat, which is more than 5 regular tacos put together
Look out, dieters! Just because something has "salad" in the title does not mean that it's necessarily better for you! Though, if you're going to Taco Bell to try and diet, you might need to rethink a couple things anyway.
5#11 McDonald's distributes more toys per year than Toys-R-Us
Call them whatever you want: A purveyor of diabetes, the logo for American obesity, the guys who thought it was wise to make a clown as a mascot knowing full well some of us grew up with horrible phobias (shut up we're not scared), but remember that they did make your childhood a little brighter.
7#9 The most unhealthy fast food burger is Carl's Jr.'s Double Six, with 1520 calories, 111 grams of fat, and 2760 mg of sodium
This comes out to being around 3/4 of your daily recommended calories, all of your daily recommended sodium, and twice your daily recommended grams of fat! So, look up those nutrition facts before making your lunchtime decisions!
8#8 61% of the population of Hong Kong claim to visit fast food restaurants at least once a week, the most out of any nation
Bet you were expecting this stat to be dominated by America, right? Well, let's add to your shock: America actually came in eighth place in this poll, with 35% of our population claiming to be once-a-week customers at fast food joints. Moreover, spots two through seven are all covered by East Asian countries such as Singapore, China, and Thailand!
10#6 McDonald's is the largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes and the second largest purchaser of chicken in the world
Add to that the fact that it uses 7.5% of America's entire potato crop, and you start to get a better picture of just how wide McDonald's influence really is. So how do you feel about this?
11#5 Car manufacturers began installing cup holders in the 1990s because of the popularization of the drive-thru
What's more: As drink sizes increased, the cup holders started to be made bigger and bigger. So, if your cup holder is too loose for the soda you just got, consider yourself doing a little bit better health-wise than the average American!
12#4 Americans spend almost $150 billion on fast food annually, up from $6 billion in the 1970s
Obviously you need to adjust for inflation, but wow! Fast food chains are at their all-time best these days, with no signs of slowing down. That means its on us to decide whether we really need that burger or that taco, because its always going to be within reach for us.
#1 Proportionally, hash browns have more fat and calories than a cheeseburger or Big Mac
Yikes! We know you think staying in and cooking breakfast is better than going out to a Burger King (and it probably is, for other reasons), but think about this one when you decide on hash browns over french fries!