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Burger King Says It Will Stop Using Antibiotic-Filled Chicken

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It seems that more and more fast food restaurants are going the “antibiotic-free route,” and now Burger King can be added to that list.

The mega burger chain’s parent company, Restaurant Brands International, announced that 2017 will be the year U.S. Burger King locations stop using antibiotic-laden chickens, according to Reuters.

That means all their chicken products, from Chicken Fries to their Original Chicken Sandwich, will be be using a cleaner kind of fowl.

Not everyone is impressed however, as skeptics believe that the policy only applies to a limited amount of antibiotics, and there is still a wide variety of drugs that can be used in the chicken, according to the Chicago Tribune.jalachicken fries

It’s possible that Burger King is trying to keep up with McDonald’s, who started using antibiotic-free chicken in 2016. Hell, even Subway’s rotisserie chicken is antibiotic-free.

Tim Horton’s, the Canadian-based coffee shop that is also owned by Restaurant Brands International, will start using antibiotic-free chickens in its products, as well.

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Starbucks Among 16 Restaurants Receiving “F” Grades For Antibiotic Use

Use of antibiotics in have been a hot button topic over the last few years, and while some restaurants such as Chipotle and Subway have made big leaps in eliminating it from their meat, there are a lot of big names, such as Starbucks and Jack in the Box, who have not addressed the issue, earning themselves an “F” grade in a recent report.

For the second-straight year, a group of five consumer, environmental, and public health groups surveyed the top 25 fast food and casual restaurants in the US, then ranked them with a school-style grading system.

Out of all the restaurants tested, only Panera Bread and Chipotle received “A” grades, while 16 of our favorite eateries received solid “F” scores.

To get such low scores, these restaurants have either not reduced their use of antibiotics in meat, or have not been transparent about their antibiotic policies.

The report said while antibiotics are OK to treat sick livestock, they are often misused in order to make the animal gain weight faster, and prevent disease from their poor living conditions.

Including Starbucks and Jack in the Box, the 16 other failing restaurants were: KFC, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sonic, Denny’s, Olive Garden, Burger King, Applebee’s, Domino’s, Chili’s, Little Caesars, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dairy Queen, Arby’s and IHOP.

Check out the final grades below:

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When you think about coffee shops like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, quality meat probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but being such monster chains, you’d expect them to get a little better than a failing grade.

Making the biggest positive jump in grades from 2015 was Subway, going from an “F” to a “B.” Although their former spokesman was sketchy, their meat has been a little less dubious since they’ve announced plans to gradually remove all antibiotics by 2020.

Little by little, restaurants have been making changes. Even McDonald’s switched up their McNugget recipe to remove antibiotics.

We can only hope to see less of our favorite restaurants in that failing, dark red portion of the scorecard.

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In-N-Out Called Out For Using Antibiotics In Meat

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To a lot folks, West Coast-based burger chain In-N-Out can do no wrong. However, there’s someone calling them out. A lot of someones, actually.  More than 50 groups representing public interest, the environment, food safety and consumers are demanding the burger chain stop selling beef patties made using antibiotics.

These groups include: CALPIRG Education Fund, Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety, Consumers Union. Vani Hari, also known as Food Babe, helped deliver a letter detailing their requests to In-N-Out headquarters.

The collective wants the burger company to stop “lagging” behind other quick-service chains like Shake Shake who uses antibiotic-free meat for their patties.

Keith Brazeau, vice president of quality for In-N-Out in Irvine, CA, responded to Reuters in an email saying that they are “committed to beef that is not raised with antibiotics important to human medicine and we’ve asked our suppliers to accelerate their progress towards establishing antibiotic alternatives.”

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Science Admits What Kids Have Known for Years – Sugar Can Heal Better Than Antibiotics

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Thank Moses Murandu. We’re so glad someone finally believes us.

Apparently, in Zimbabwe, where Murandu (now a lecturer on adult nursing at an English university) grew up, his father regularly used granulated sugar to help speed the healing process of open wounds. When Murandu moved to the UK, he was all, “Wait, people only use sugar to eat? WTF?” and jumped into action, because sugar is way less gross than anitbiotics are.

Murandu is now heading a research team and has since treated one Alan Bayliss, a 62-year-old electrical engineer whose leg was taking its “sweet time” healing after an amputation in January. Murando shows up, and, taking a page from the Def Leppard Book of Medicine, pours some sugar on Bayliss. Two weeks later, he was seeing serious improvement — the kind which hadn’t come with the standard non-sugar approach.

When Moses first did the dressing he almost used the whole pot of sugar, but two weeks later he only needed to use 4 or 5 teaspoons…I am very pleased indeed. I feel that it has speeded [sic] up my recovery a lot, and it has been a positive step forward.

The sugar (which is treated to avoid infection) works by drawing water away from the wound and into whatever dressing is applied on top. Since bacteria needs water (but not sugar) to survive, they pretty much just starve to death, while you laugh, because you just made a Band-Aid out of a Pop-Tart. Sort of.

So far, 35 of the research patients have seen improvement, while 16 untreated patients have not. So basically, sugar is winning.

Check out the rest of the story here, and then never go back to Neosporin and rubbing alcohol again.

You know. Probably.

H/T + PicThx Daily Mail