French Fries Are Cooked in What?!

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We all know potatoes are a vegetable, so what’s wrong with those fries from McDonald’s or some of the other fast food places? Well, first of all, if you do decide to continue eating fires, I’m assuming you know the bad health correlations they have with them. 
    
Besides the fact that you would be supporting a factory-farmed company, the surprise is really what they are cooked/fried in. Even if you aren’t a vegetarian or vegan, it’s always useful to know what’s actually in the food you’re eating, or in this sense what they’re actually cooked in. What these fast food industries leave out, is the fact that these French fries can be made with left over grease, animal fat, used from frying burgers or other meaty foods. Because these companies want to save the last bit of money, they simply reuse their grease from other foods. Now, that may seem appealing to some, but hopefully not to you. Who wants someone else’s leftovers as the oil your food is cooked in, let alone animal products? Although this may seem insignificant, knowing the minor details such as simply the oil your food is cooked or fried in can still make a change for your health and animals. Of course it is not healthy to always eat at fast food restaurants, also contributing towards animal cruelty, but if you must do so, then you might as well avoid all animal products and support their cruelty-free menu items, right?How can you even find out this information about fast food restaurants? Well, it is actually easier than it may seem. There are many websites that I will list below that have updated information on this, actually. Also, if you don’t find the exact information you are looking for, you can simply contact the restaurant yourself via e-mail or phone. Once again, this may seem insignificant, but once you are aware of these precautions, then you will always be aware and it will help you in the long run.So, if you are on vacation, out of town, or simply craving some French fries, why not at least do your part to prevent animal cruelty by going somewhere that cooks cruelty free oils such as peanut, corn, or vegetable oil, rather than animal fat? You will be surprised to see that many restaurants already have vegetarian friendly foods that you may not even be aware of, but there are always those who do not. Sometimes entrees such as French tortilla soup, containing beef fat, can be misleading by assuming it was vegetarian, until you one day find out that it wasn’t all along. This can be devastating to those who are serious about vegetarianism. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in these sort of situations. But, if you aren’t as serious about animal rights, there it always food allergies and health issues that you can take to mind, as well. That’s why it is important to be educated on not only what you food is made of but what is in your food, and what it’s cooked in.Some helpful sources: 
http://www.naturalnirvana.com/Vegetarian/Vegetarian-Fast-Foods/Vegetarian-Fast-Food-Restaurants.htm

http://www.veganeatingout.com/fast-food

http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/fast.htm

Also, there are apps available to help find out vegetarian entrees. For a couple of bucks, these handy apps are really worth it! 

Here are a few:

Free!VegFast

$0.99: Veggie Spots

$1.99:  Vegan Xpress 

$2.99: VegOut

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