Aqua Teen Hunger Force notwithstanding, fast food is not your friend. Sure it’s quick, tasty, and cheap, but it’s not good for you. We all know that, but it’s easy to ignore when facing down a mean hunger and a plate of cheese fries. Eric Schlosser’s cautionary tale Fast Food Nation is a good reminder of why eating an apple is a better option than downing a burger. His book takes a stern look at the way America eats and offers up a stark reminder of, well, why we’re fat.
In Richard Linklater’s film version he takes a more celebrity-enhanced approach. He casts Greg Kinnear as a PR rep for a large fast food company traveling the country from board rooms to stockyards trying to get to the root of how manure ended up in his hamburger. Which is a gross, yet fascinating study of the nation’s food chain post-The Jungle. Also it has Ethan Hawke, Luiz Guzman, and Patricia Arquette.
With a tip of the hat to the blog of new and unique ways to eat your saturated fats This is Why You’re Fat let’s take a look at some of the food we fork over our hard-earned money to eat. Also to get you in the mood to watch Fast Food Nation when it airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
The Double Down needs no bun or introduction. It’s fried chicken on top of fried chicken with cheese.
Hardees Western Bacon Thick Burger has 1/3 lb. of angus beef topped with cheese, beer-battered onion rings, bacon, onions, and BBQ sauce. You want fries with that?
Some cook at Red Robin dropped an appetizer onto a burger and sent it out anyway. Mozzarella sticks and marinara on top of a burger is just efficient.
Too lazy to eat fried chicken from the bone? Problem solved.
Ready to eat whole grains and vegetables yet?
Fast Food Nation airs on IFC at 8 p.m. ET