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Why is fast food often such bad quality in the USA?

In the UK, the "fast food" or food to go is vary varied and healthy, with places such as Cafe Giardino, YO!Sushi and Marks and Spencer, which are everywhere and which offer very high quality food to go. In the US however there is nothing of this standard however within the fast food and inexpensive tier of restaurant chains, with McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Dominos selling food that is practically all junk. Here are some more examples of what I mean, on the left are British "fast food" chains: Pizza Express (mostly organic and all fresh ingredients of the highest quality) compared to the American chain Domino's or Sbarro's Eat and Pret a Manger (all prepared on location daily) compared to Starbucks or Au Bon Pain Even looking at McDonalds, and American brand, which is of much higher quality and has a more modern and fresh concept in the UK, compared to the equivalent in the US. Having said this, England has a reputation for having awful and unhealthy food. How can this be?

Asked By: nico - 7/22/2011
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I agree with you. A lot of the fast food is extremely unhealthy and low quality. The reason for this is the fact that Americans are always in a hurry. The American lifestyle is fast-paced, with school early in the morning for the kids, jobs for the adults, etc. A lot of the restaurants have sped up to meet the needs of... More
Answered By: darkhiddenblader - 7/22/2011
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England has a reputation for bad food because there isn't as much variety in the US, and higher-quality restaurant food in the US is seen as being better than restaurant food in the UK, despite the fast food quality. People are willing to eat food that is bad as long as it is extremely cheap and convenient in the US... More
Answered By: Kaya - 7/22/2011
 
In USA they have different food laws than us.. They are pretty much allowed to stuff anything they want into their food... More
Answered By: the doctor - 7/22/2011
 
Well, that is because the USA are expanding so fast that no one cares, all they want is profits,profits and profits... More
Answered By: Zack Tyrone - 7/22/2011
 
USA uses a lot of fats and oils
Answered By: Bradley - 7/22/2011
 
because we are sheep, and will eat anything we see advertised, and alot of it! and we really dont care we're fat, we really don't care our kids are obese, and we really don't care at all about our health.
Answered By: El Guapo - 7/22/2011
 
ikr fast food here is disgusting... i only eat them when there's no other choice.... btw we do have more sugar and salt in our fast food which would make people eat even more of it = more $$$ for the fast food chains... More
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Answered By: Common Sense - 7/22/2011
 
This question really made me laugh. Fast food by definition isn't supposed to be as good for you as eating a home cooked meal. Besides the places you mentioned have salads and diet food choices.
Answered By: Unseen - 7/23/2011
 
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