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What Should You Avoid When Eating Fast Food

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If you are one of the millions of people who like to “just grab a quick bite,” you may want to heed the advice of the people who work in the very places you dine. A user on the website Reddit asked fast food workers if they could name any item on their restaurant’s menu they’d NEVER order . . . and why. It got a TON of responses. Here are some highlights. Hope you’re not hungry.

Chicken Nuggets: Some of the most disgusting stories focused on Chicken Nuggets, including one guy who says he once left a bag of 100 nuggets out for too long and they somehow MELTED INTO A LIQUID.

Chili:  The meat comes from hamburgers that were on the grill too long. Those go in the fridge, then eventually get chopped up for the chili.

Ice: Employees at plenty of different chains said the drink machines are tough to clean and keep mold-free . . . and when they clean, their priorities are the more visible areas.

Deli Sandwich shops: The word of advice, if it doesn’t look fresh, it probably isn’t. Watch out especially for the tuna, seafood salad, and chicken.

Grilled Chicken: Employees from variety of fast food places said they’ve seen the grilled chicken breasts slathered in margarine to keep them from sticking . . . or defrosted in vats of hot water.

Five Guys’ large fries seems to be safe for the quality of food. Employees say the difference in how many fries you get in the large versus the smaller size isn’t very much . . . so save your money.

Vegetarians Beware: While a lot of comments admitted to using the same grill/spatula/knife on vegetarian and meat items alike, this comment from user attack_goblin made us gasp a little extra: “I used to work at a restaurant where we deep-fried the Gardenburger patties in the same oil we deep-fried the bacon.”

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