10 Secrets of Fast Food Restaurants the Staff Will Never Tell

Every modern person knows what fast food is. The pace of modern life encourages people to value its speed, simplicity, and saturated taste.

Bright Side sheds some light on the tricks employed by fast food restaurants. It is better not to resort to this type of food too much.

10. The best time for fast food.

The perfect time to go to a fast food place is during so-called "busy hours" (the time between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and the period between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.). It is not easy to get a table, but this is the time when fresh food is being served.

9. If you want some fresh French fries, order them without salt.

French fries are salted right after a whole batch is cooked, and the staff would have to make a new unsalted serving specially for you.

8. The smell from the kitchen is part of the marketing strategy.

Passing by some fast food place, it is difficult to resist the tempting smell of delicious food. This happens for a reason. Many restaurants try to make sure that the smell of cooking reaches the noses of the people outside. Some places leave their kitchen doors open on purpose.

7. Coke is cheaper than tea because it stimulates the appetite.

In fast food places, sodas are normally cheaper than tea. This is because they want people to buy more sodas: it is impossible to quench thirst with a sweet soda (and you will buy it again and again). Also, carbon dioxide stimulates the appetite.

6. French fries contain 19 ingredients.

The legendary flavor of fast food French fries is achieved by mixing around 20 ingredients. Potatoes are the basic one. The other 18 are some fats, additives, and flavor enhancers, making this food not completely harmless.

5. It is not the best decision to be an early bird.

One-upmanship is a good thing, but not when it comes to fast food. Don't go to fast food places right after their opening time: they clean their kitchen equipment with aggressive chemicals that can remain on kitchen machines and countertops in the morning and go straight onto your food.

4. Fast food today is way more caloric than 30 years ago.

Today the portions of our favorite foods have increased, and so has the amount of calories in them. For example, a cheeseburger contains 75% more calories compared to its "predecessor" from the 1980s. 20 years ago, French fries were 2 times less caloric. Pizza has gained 70% more calories.

3. The amount of sugar in a milkshake exceeds the daily norm by 2-3 times.

A milkshake is one of the classic items in fast food places. It is especially popular in summertime.

The daily norm of sugar is around 1-2 oz, while one serving of milkshake contains around 3 oz of sugar.

2. Everything is more delicious when you eat with your hands.

Do you know why there are no forks and knives in fast food restaurants? One possible answer is that when a person eats with their bare hands, he or she gets more pleasure and, as a result, eats more.

1. Soda fountains are terribly dirty.

Soda fountains in fast food places are difficult to wash. Imagine how many bacteria, germs, and mold are there. The sugary environment makes very good conditions for these "dwellers."

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