You’ll Never Guess How Fast Food Chains Make So Much Money & More Unappetizing Facts [INFOGRAPHIC]


Many Americans grab fast food every day, and with so many cheap options, it can be hard to pass up. Still, there’s a lot you might not know about your favorite 2 am pit stops like Taco Bell and McDonald’s.

This infographic breaks it all down for us in an increasingly somber look at the important and sometimes shocking facts about the world’s fast food giants. Ever wonder how fast food chains make so much money? Did you know White Castle was the original fast food chain? Or that the bacon used in a McGriddle is made from over 18 ingredients? Oh.

If you’re curious as to what’s actually in strawberry milkshake flavoring or how many health violations fast food chains have received, read on brave soul. Read on.

You can also pretend you didn’t see this and continue enjoying that Whopper in bliss. If so, respect.

Fast Food Infographic

Cameron is a Philadelphia native who is borderline obsessed with chocolate, coffee and sushi. She writes for TheFW and The Daily Meal, and making a mean chocolate chip cookie is her specialty. She also tries pizza everywhere she travels in hopes someday she'll become one of those cool pizza snobs.

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  • Linda Lovelush

    Yeah, poor Burger King, they get no respect. But it’s probably because their stores are few and far between. We have two Burger King’s within a 20-mile radius of our neighborhood (as opposed to a McDonald’s on just about every street corner) and one of them is closed for construction. I’ll tell ya, though, when I get a burger craving, I usually want a Jr. Whopper (the regular one is just way too big for my tummy).

    As for Arby’s, well, they’re just too damned expensive.

    • TwistyJ

      Completely agree! Burger King is SOOOOO much better than the garbage McDonald’s puts on a bun. In fact, Ronald can take his “unspecified meat” flavored fries and shove them where the sun don’t shine.* I’m anti-McDonald’s a whopping 99%! Breakfast is occasionally partaken but ONLY because Taco Bell isn’t closer to my house.

      *I apologize to any nudist sunbathers whom were offended by the comment.

      • Linda Lovelush

        Yeah, Micky D’s breakfast is okay. I like the egg white McMuffins. Taco Bell breakfast? Nah, can’t do it. That’s way too much grossness in the morning for me. Most of the time I don’t even eat breakfast, so that’s easy to pass up. But lunch or dinner at Taco Bell, that works.

        I personally like McDonald’s (I get a Big Mac attack about once or twice a year) but the Whopper kicks some awesome ass.

  • Cowlick Girl

    Yeah but dipping those animal fries into a strawberry shake is heaven.

  • Tyler Feldmann

    I feel like you’ve never been in a kitchen (fastfood, home, w/e) and just continue to repost old infographs, what’s happened Foodbeast? You’ve become buzzfeed

  • Ron Lane

    Scare tactic info-graphic.


    nudist sunbathers is normal!