Poker Like a Rockstar … Fast Food

This stuff is killing you, wake up

Fast Food is killing you

As of 2012, there were 263,944 fast-food restaurants in America with a combined revenue of well over $100 billion.

Surely you must be confused. You thought you were reading BLUFF the poker magazine? You opened to an article by Antonio (me) and the first thing you read is a fact about fast-food restaurants!? Yes, it is true. And I am furious about it.

Think about that. An industry earning over 100 BILLION dollars a year. An industry that does not care that you are slowly killing yourself. Yes, I can sit here and comfortably say KILLING yourself. Every time you order from a fast-food restaurant you are slowly depleting yourself of precious life units. Hard to imagine that food has so much impact. But it does. Let’s give you a few simple facts.

When you order an egg sandwich from a fast-food chain you would assume that your EGG portion of that sandwich is just that, no? Eggs right? Let’s put aside all the other bad stuff in the sandwich and focus purely on the egg portion. The egg in that egg sandwich is made up of eggs AND a “premium egg blend.” What they don’t come out and tell you is that the blend includes glycerin, a solvent found in SOAP and SHAVING cream, dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone also found in Silly Putty, and calcium silicate, a sealant used on ROOFS and CONCRETE. I don’t know about you but those are items I do not wish to put into my body!

Why can’t eggs be just that? Eggs. Because it all comes down to MONEY. The longer a product can last, the better it can taste, the more money they will make. Get one thing straight. They don’t give a rat’s ass about your health. All they care about is your money. That’s it.

Let’s talk about sugar. I think we all know just how bad sugar is for us. But did you know that a fast-food burger on average has about 10 grams of SUGAR? Yes, that is correct. They add sugar to MOST of the food at fast-food chains. Breakfast items have even more. Sugar is one of the worst things we can put in our body and these selfish assholes are adding it to our BURGERS!? I don’t know about you guys but that just does not sit well with me.

How about sodium? Did you know that high salt intake is attributed to over 2.3 million deaths worldwide a year? Can you imagine dying because you ate too much SALT in your life? With all the different ways of going you died because of too much salt intake. Can that sound any more absurd? Fast food is LOADED with sodium.

How bad is sodium? Too much of it increases blood pressure and makes your kidneys work a lot harder than they should. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease. I am one to avoid salty foods as much as I can. In fact, I won’t even tell you how much is ADDED to fast-food items because it will scare the living crap out of you. Just take my word for it and stop eating it!

I wonder how many of you reading this actually know what a trans-fat is. If you don’t, it’s time to wake up. Perhaps the most deadly substance in fast food is trans-fat. Trans-fats are created when hydrogen is added to liquid oils so that they stay solid at room temperature. The resulting fat is considered by the American Heart Association to be one of the most deadly things you can consume today. Can that be true? They artificially engineer liquid OIL with hydrogen and put it in our foods? The American Heart Association calls it one of the most deadly things you can consume and yet it’s still LEGAL? A diet high in trans-fats greatly ups your risk of diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. It really bugs me that these multi-billion dollar chains are legally poisoning us. Fast food is LOADED with hydrogenated oils. Stay away!!

I could go on and on about why eating fast food is terrible for you. But I think you get the gist of it. What upsets me is that we live in a society where it is instilled in us since childhood. These companies aim advertisement at children. How is that right? How can these people sleep at night knowing they are poisoning our existence and getting rich doing it? It is absolutely insane. It’s murder without repercussions. OK maybe I am being a bit extreme. It’s not murder. But definitely manslaughter! Everyone should watch the documentary “Super Size Me” where Morgan Spurlock shows us what eating ONLY McDonald’s for one month will do to us. The revelations are shocking.

Other documentaries I highly recommend.

“Food Matters” — my personal favorite

“Food, Inc.” — this documentary will SHOCK you.

“Forks Over Knives” — a must watch

Take a little time out of your life and learn about the importance of food. Your body is your temple. What you put in it makes such a difference. Cutting out fast food is only the beginning. I can tell you from personal experience that I feel so much better as a result of simply eating better. My energy. My focus. My entire aura has shifted for the better.

September 2014