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<ul><li> 1. FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT FOOD.Fruit and vegetables have become less nutritiousAlthough fruit and vegetables are one of the best sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals,research findings published in the journal HortScience suggest that they have actually become lessnutritious than they were 50 years ago, due to new agricultural methods which have strippednutrients from soil. In fact, according to one study, it would take eight oranges to get the same levelsof vitamin A as it would in one orange a few generations ago. To make sure you get enough vitamins,try to buy organic produce where possible and eat more fruit and veg.Chocolate is as healthy as fruitPerhaps this good news comes too late if drought predictions are to be believed, but research hassuggested that chocolate can be just as healthy as fruit. When tested and compared to juices fromsuper fruits such as blueberries and pomegranate, dark chocolate was found to be higher inantioxidants, which are essential for fighting disease and preventing wrinkles. For a healthy treat, itis best to go for a pure dark chocolate as milk, sugar and too much processing can reduce thesehealth benefits.The 2004 study noted that regularly eating fast food doubles your chance of developing insulinresistance, which heightens risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The number of people worldwideliving with diabetes has more than doubled since 1980, from 153 million then to nearly 350 million in2011, according to a report in "The Guardian."Weight Gain and ObesityA typical fast food meal is extremely high in fat and calories. Weight gain occurs when you consumemore calories than you burn in a day. In a 2004 study published in "The Lancet," researchers foundthat eating more than twice per week at fast food restaurants is linked to significantly more weightgain over time than occasional visits. Similarly, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley in2009 noted that living near a fast food restaurant is linked to a 5.2 percent greater risk of obesity.ToysOne of the most powerful marketing tools that fast food restaurants use is the promise of a toy withthe purchase of any kids meal. The food inside the meal is far less important to most children thanthe toy that comes with, the Colorado State University Extension reports. When fast foodrestaurants offer versions of the most popular toys on the market, children want to eat the food sothey can get the toy. The problem isnt the toy, but the lack of nutritious food that children eat toobtain the toy. Most kids meals are high in fat, calories and salt, but low in essential nutrients suchas vitamin C, potassium and iron.McDonalds facts</li></ul> <p> 2. 3. McDonalds feeds 68 million people per day, thats about 1 percent of the worlds population.1. McDonalds daily customer traffic (62 million) is more than the population of Great Britain.11. For the next three years, McDonalds is going to open one restaurant every day in China.6. McDonalds hires around 1 million workers in the US every year. This estimate from Fast FoodNation assumes a 700,000 domestic workforce with 150% turnover rate.7. McDonalds has 761,000 employees worldwide, thats more than the population of Luxembourg.8. According to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has been employed byMcDonalds.9. Sharon Stone worked at McDonalds before she was famous. So did Shania Twain, Jay Leno,Rachel McAdams and Pink.13. Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonalds in a year five and a halfmillion head of cattle.</p>