Fast Food and Obesity Are Conquering the World

Fast food is taking the world by storm, and so is obesity. It is sad that most people don’t see the relationship between them. Eliminating fast food was one of the main ways I cured my obesity. I lost 60 pounds in 6 months by eliminating restaurant food, junk food, and MSG.

Why Does Fast Food Cause Obesity?

1) Fast food contains large amounts of added sugar making the calorie count very high. Sugar makes food taste good, so they add tons of it to everything. Value meals can top 2,000 calories. This is more calories than some people should consume in a day. I remember days when I would grab a value meal for lunch, and my wife would bring one home for dinner because she didn’t feel like cooking.

2) Fast food contains obesity-causing additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG also makes food taste good. Fast food restaurants, and almost all other restaurants, use lots of MSG. It is their “secret recipe.” MSG causes hunger, hypothyroidism, hyperinsulinemia, and food addiction. MSG directly causes obesity.

3) Fast food is processed beyond recognition and devoid of nutrition. If people really knew the origins of their favorite meals, they might think twice about eating them. They use the absolute worst quality cuts of meat and ingredients. These cheap meats often come from animals who were near death anyway.

Old egg laying hens that can’t lay eggs any more are used for chicken nuggets by some restaurants. These are chickens from egg batteries who were fed disgusting diets of recycled feces, grains, antibiotics, and hormones to increase egg production. Chickens in egg batteries live in a very small cage so that the eggs they lay roll onto a conveyor belt. These are not free range chickens. After a life of eating a completely unnatural diet, they are, stripped, ground up, boiled, artificially flavored, pressed back together, deep fried, and frozen. Before they are served to you, they are deep fried again.

The ground beef is a similar story. It is usually from the left over parts that no one else wants. It can contain organs and even testicles. It is also ground up, boiled down, artificially flavored, packed with sugar and MSG, frozen and shipped.

Even the salads and grilled chicken are pretty bad. To make these bad pieces of chicken palatable, they are usually pressure cooked with MSG, sugar, and artificial flavors. Salad dressings always contain MSG. Light, low calorie, and low fat dressings usually contain extra MSG to make up for the lack of flavor.

Fast Food and Obesity are Spreading Around the World

Obesity problems are just one step behind American food. During my travels to Asia, I noticed more and more overweight and obese people. Child obesity is a growing problem too. I purposely paid attention while driving by, and noticed many overweight people eating at American restaurants.

The people I worked with noticed that I was losing weight. When they asked me how I was doing it, I told them I quit eating American food. That usually got a surprised reaction. The overweight Asians I worked with all talked to me at one point or another. I quizzed them about their diets, and they all admitted to eating fast food and junk food.

The relationship between fast food and obesity is impossible to ignore. I have completely sworn off fast food for the rest of my life.

Best Laying Chickens

Are you looking for the best egg producing chicken breed for your backyard chickens? While every hen lays eggs, not all breeds are as productive as others. If you’re hoping to have eggs every day from your hens, you’ll want to make sure you have the right breed.

White Leghorn
This breed is one of the world’s most popular chickens. This breed lays about 300 eggs per year. Leghorns can begin laying at 4-5 months of age as they mature early.

The Leghorn’s eggs are large and slightly off-white in color. These chickens do not make good pets, however, as they are nervous around people.

Hatching and breeding Leghorns isn’t easy, as although they are good layers, they are not good brooders.

These are warm weather hens, Leghorns can easily get frostbite in their combs in winter.

Rhode Island Red
These are one of the best laying chickens for brown eggs, but they are aggressive (especially the roosters).

Prone to frostbite in their combs, this breed is hardy in hot or cold climates and does well in confinement.

This breed is usually laying by five to six months of age and are productive producers of medium brown eggs.

Red Star and Black Star Sex linked
The Red and Black Star has earned the title of best laying chickens, being prolific layers of large, brown eggs. They are docile and make very good pets that do well with children.

The breed’s conversion rate of food intake to eggs is excellent, and they usually continue laying through the cold winter months, when a lot of other breeds don’t. When raised from chicks, you can expect to see the first eggs when they are about four and a half months old. By six months old they will be producing eggs every day.

The breed gets its name because of its breed-specific gene that causes chicks to have different colors, making it easy to separate females from males. This trait, however, makes it easy to avoid buying unwanted roosters.

This breed is a good choice for small egg sellers and family projects.

Roosters or No Roosters?
For a purely egg producing production, there is no need to keep roosters. For egg fertility, however, you will obviously need roosters. Hatching baby chicks can increase your flock size or allow for broilers, but there is no reason to house a rooster if you do not plan to do this.

Productivity Limits of Hens
Most hens will produce eggs for about three to four years. Hens will usually start to decline in egg production at about 3 years of age. Older chickens can be slaughtered as food.

Some may prefer to make friends with their hens and put the older ones out to pasture instead. It’s up to you.

The Out Of An Eggshell Miracle – The Most Perfect Food, Or A New Life

The chicken who laid those eggs for your nutritious breakfast may have been white, brown, black, tan, even blue or lavender in color, but whatever her color, she had a lot in common with every other hen. She was pre-programmed with the ability to lay a specific number of eggs during her egg-laying years. The number totals about 4,000! Let’s see, if you (or I, or any one person, really) is in the habit of eating two eggs every morning, oh, let’s say we start at age twelve. And, if we live to be 90 years old, we’ll have eaten 56,940 eggs.

In other words, that’s one person eating all the pre-programmed eggs of more than fourteen hens! That’s not even counting the eggs we eat that are added to many other foods. That puts a whole new perspective on the importance of the mighty chicken, doesn’t it? Of course, we all take a few days off and eat a different menu item occasionally, but we still rely a whole lot on the amazing egg.

Hens lay an average of 180 eggs each year. The average age that a pullet starts laying eggs is five months, and her first eggs are very small. The process of laying one egg takes approximately 24 hours, then starts all over again. Yet, hens (those who make up backyard flocks, anyway) go about their business scratching for bugs and worms, taking part in “hen parties’, cackling and taking dust baths, and sleeping on their perch… to them, the miracles taking place within their bodies are just “all in a days work”. Their “vacations” occur during the molting season, which is actually quite stressful to them, during the dark winter months, and after they’ve already laid all of the eggs they were pre-programmed with.

Historians say human beings have been relying on the nutrition of chicken eggs for centuries. Scientists tell us eggs are nature’s most perfect food, and they come in perfect packages, too. The way the eggshell is shaped gives it the strength needed for the hen to be able to “set” on it for 21 days until it hatches. Of course, for that to happen, it has to be ‘fertile’, which is the primary focus of the male of the species, the regal rooster. Some people think if they’re eating fertilized eggs, they’re getting added nutrition, but that’s been proven not to be the case. In urban areas, people who raise chickens don’t usually keep any roosters due to legal restrictions, but they’re pretty special animals, too.

Chickens, in addition to providing our nutritional needs also make great pets. If you haven’t considered raising a flock of your own yet, it’d be well worth it… Go ahead, check it out.