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We’ve Probably Been Drinking Literal Poop From McDonald’s Ice

Brace yourselves, as this news is pretty cringeworthy, and definitely not something you want to hear if you’ve ever eaten fast food.

Researchers at BBC Watchdog recently found poop particles in the ice at multiple McDonald’s, KFC, and Burger King locations in the UK.

Yes, the report came from the UK, and you’re probably thinking you have nothing to worry about if you’re not from there, but it’s not that easy.

After reading the BBC report, I searched for other fast food poop instances, and there have been way too many over the years.

In 2010, CNN posted a report where researchers found bacteria in 70 percent of the 90 beverages they studied in Virginia. About 11 percent of those test samples had E. coli, and while it won’t kill you, it’s still not up to EPA standards.

Even research from a 12-year-old student in Florida found that ice from five different restaurants had more bacteria than the toilets within the same eatery. She collected drink samples from both self-serve and drive-thru at different restaurants, then actually went out to get samples from their restrooms.

BBC cracked down on Starbucks’ ice a few weeks ago, for the same reason, and when we posted about it on Foodbeast, some of our readers who worked fast food were not surprised.

Like the Starbucks report, the BBC research team collected 10 random samples from each restaurant and found coliforms in 30 percent of McDonald’s restaurants, 60 percent of Burger King’s restaurants, and 70 percent of KFC’s.

I, as well as many have found McDonald’s to have the best tasting Coca-Cola, anywhere. Hopefully it isn’t because of this less-than-ideal ingredient.

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Starbucks Under Fire After Traces Of Poop Found In Ice At Multiple U.K. Locations

You might want to stay away from coffee shops in the U.K., as a BBC investigation found fecal matter in three of the most popular brewers there, including Starbucks.

After visiting 10 different Starbucks locations, the investigation found that three out of 10 ice samples at these locations contained traces of fecal bacteria.

They also tested the ice at Caffe Nero, finding fecal matter in seven out 10 samples, while finding bacteria in 30 percent of Costa Coffee’s ice.

Of course, as anyone who has taken even a basic statistics class can tell you, this is an extremely small sample size, but it at least highlights a problem we didn’t know existed.

This could just be a U.K. problem, but when a global name like Starbucks is involved, you can’t help but worry about how it affects your local Starbucks, especially after highly publicized E. Coli outbreaks over the years.

Starbucks said it will be doing a deep investigation of its own, so we should soon find out what the deal is.

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The Fascinating, Disgusting Differences Between Pooping And Puking

You’re a human. You poop (nearly) every day, and you puke, sure, but it’s rare, even though your body actually has so many reasons to do so. Pooping and puking are two totally disgusting, sometimes therapeutic body expulsions. But why do you do them and how do they work?

No, we’re going to not lounge about in the high-level explanation (it’s your butt and your mouth, people). Let’s jump right into the cool science stuff!



Pooping is the process of expelling all that stuff inside you that, hey, you don’t need. It’s a periodic upkeep of the body. Though your waste is mostly made up of water, its somewhat solid quality is due to the rest of it being made up of dead and living bacteria, protein, fiber, plenty of bogus things like salts and fats, and a score of things from the intestines and liver. Whatever your porcelain throne-room sit-down schedule is, pooping is normal. Keep it regular, yo.

Diarrhea, on the other hand, is the nasty business of food and fluids passing through your colon way too fast. Your colon typically absorbs liquids, leaving that usual fecal matter you should honestly be accustomed to by now. But sometimes that doesn’t happen for several reasons.

Viruses and bacteria can naturally wreck up your internal pre-poop process, but so can certain medications, as they disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in your intestines. If you can’t digest it, whether it’s fructose or lactose, diarrhea’s on its way. It’s never pretty.



Inside your head, there’s a doctor of sortswell, more of a toxin specialist, reallycalled the area postrema. Your brain, the beautiful complex maniac that it is, walls itself safely away, kind of like a glorious, magnificent kingdom (if it were run by emotionally unstable academics). That protection’s thanks to the blood-brain barrier. That’s except the area postrema, however, which stays exposed to the bloodstream. By doing so, it scans your blood for toxins, and because it’s damn good at its job, it’ll frantically slam the alert button if it finds something it doesn’t trust, forcing your body to spill its guts to prevent any possible future damage.

But that’s just toxin puke. There are other kinds of puke. There’s the gag-reflex puke, which is when you trigger the vagus nerve. There’s the too-full puke, which is when you upset your stomach’s nervous system (likely by overeating). There’s stomach-irritation puke, which is when you legitimately get sick and your stomach just goes scrambly haywire, suddenly unsure how to act. And then, well, there’s emotional puke, where your body has such a hard time determining if the stress you’re rampaging through is physical or emotional, so it goes with the default of puking, just in case.

Sometimes, because it cares so freakin’ much, your body can overreact. So when a very notable chemical change sweeps through you, the body pretty much makes you puke to be on the safe side. Such is the case with pregnancy and chemotherapy (as if the person wasn’t going through enough already).

Fecal Vomiting


Yup, this is a thing that happens to a small segment of the population. It can only occur after substantial constipation, usually due to an intestine-blocking parasite, but it’s not quite feces these unfortunate folks are bringing back up. In reality, the contents of the first section of their small intestine attempts to expel waste/the grubby freeloader(s) in the other direction. If you ask anyone who’s experienced it, however, it’s poop.

And there you have it, the astoundingly gross wonders of your resilient body!