Your Burrito Wrapper Might Be As Bad for Your Health as the Beef That’s in It
Admittedly I’ve been awaiting the right opportunity to get the Mac Jr., McDonald’s mini version of the classic Big Mac. It’s not that I expect it to taste any different, I’m just hype because c’mon y’all it’s a BABY Big Mac. But a recent report reveals that what my burger is wrapped in could be just as bad for my health as the smaller beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
“Recent testing shows that most of these wrappers contain fluorine, which is reportedly used to ward off grease stains on the wrappers. There were 400 containers for food and drinks from restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, and more involved in the study. Researchers discovered fluorine chemical was found in about 40 percent of the samples taken. This broke down to fluorine being found in about 56 percent of the bread and dessert wrappers, 38 percent of the burger and sandwich wrappers, and 20 percent of paper containers, although that does not include paper cups.”
Let me just say that you won’t find me tripping off of my wrapper being pretty and grease-free when my stomach is rumbling like Mike Tyson in his prime. But before some of you get on your high and mighty natural food pedestal, it might be helpful to know that in addition to fast-food wrappers fluorine can also be found in non-stick pots and pans, carpeting and other products.
So does this info mean we’re on the fast track to terminal illness? Not necessarily, but according to scientist Dr. Arlene Blum, there are no safe levels of fluorine that people should be ingesting:
“I think the prudent thing to do is to reduce your exposure when you can. You can’t get it to zero, but you can reduce it.”
There isn’t a day we don’t get some alarming info about the harmful happenings in the food we ingest, but I must confess the way the reward-center in my brain is set up, I am going to have to get my Mac Jr., fluorine wrapper and all. But we all could stand to take our health a little more seriously when it comes to what we put in our bodies.