What I noticed when looking at the ingredients lists was how much sugar there is in everything, especially the buns and the sauces. And not just sugar – but the cheaper and much sweeter version of it, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is rather addictive. The problem with sugary foods is how used our guts become to them- and we therefore start craving them when we’re hungry even though we know they’re bad for us. And worse: if you eat HFCS (and regular sugar for that matter), your blood sugar levels go up really quickly (like a kid dizzy on lemonade), but they also go down very fast afterwards. Which means you’re hungry again, and crave more sugary food.
HFCS is also – much more so than sugar – made responsible for obesity in American society. Here’s a really interesting article on HFCS vs. sugar: