Thousands of people commented in response to AskRedit's question: "Fast food workers of Reddit, what is the one menu option at your employment that you would recommend people never eat?" Many of the responses repeated some relatively universal concerns.

The thread brings some pretty gross things to light, but it also gives some important tips for anyone who ever plans to be a fast food customer in the future.

Fast Food Options to Avoid:

  • Fast Food Ice: Ice and soda machines are, apparently, very hard to keep clean. The Reddit thread contains horror stories of mold and other things we won't go into here. If you're concerned about the state of what you're drinking, you probably shouldn't order soda at a fast food restaurant. 
  • Chicken Nuggets: The quality of this fast-food favorite obviously depends on the restaurant in question, but chicken nuggets, and what exactly they're made of, seem to be an item of concern across the board.
  • Unconventional Pizza Toppings: The bottom line seems to be that topping meats and "'quirky' toppings such as green olives, meatballs, spinach, artichokes, sauerkraut, sun-dried tomatoes, etc." are rarely fresh.
  • Sweetened Teas: This drink makes the list not for food hygiene concerns, but purely for the amount of sugar that goes into sweetened tea recipes. Fast food workers want you to know that sweetened teas are comparable to any soda and are definitely not a healthy option.
  • Condiments and Complementary Items: Communal condiments like ketchup bottles and salt and pepper shakers at some restaurants are often re-filled again and again without ever being cleaned. Short story? Stay away.
  • Anything Sold Just Before Closing Time: Many people might not realize that the food they're buying at the end of the day is probably old and unused. Be especially cautious of large, sold-by-the-slice pizzas that are slowly heated throughout the day.  

Are you a fast-food fanatic who feels like you've suddenly lost your appetite? Make sure to check out our roundup of sugary drinks you can make at home and these homemade fast food recipes.

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