Donald Trump is Right. Fast Food Joints are Cleaner Than Swanky Restaurants

There is seemingly no end to the list of policies by President Donald Trump that Democrats and Republicans argue about. But one matter that might be indisputable is Trump’s contention that fast food restaurants are cleaner than other establishments.

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GettyImages-82048497 A very small study revealed that fast food restaurants might have less bacteria than five star establishments. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Trump’s penchant for Big Macs was discussed in a Republican Presidential Town Hall meeting in South Carolina last year. Moderator Anderson Cooper asked about the future president’s affinity for corporate chains to which Trump responded, “I’m a very clean person. I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than, maybe, someplace that you have no idea where the food’s coming from. It’s a certain standard.”

Some might scoff at the presumption that a value menu meal could be made with more care than one at say, a five-star restaurant, but a new (and very small) study indicates this might not be so absurd. Restaurantware, a baking and dining supply company, analyzed germs from 27 different restaurants with swabs tested by an independent lab.

On the low end, Restaurantware took samples from taco, chicken and burger joints, while, at the five-star range, the company tested sushi, steak and Italian eateries.

The company found that fast food restaurants had lower bacteria counts overall, and many times, germs were contained in the bathrooms (a small relief, though you may want to use that toilet seat cover next time). In five-star restaurants, germs were evenly divided between the bathrooms and condiments. The reason, according to the report authors, is the extra layer of dish-washing at nicer restaurants as many casual places utilize disposable utensils. 

Bacillus cereus bacteria, which was found to be more prevalent in the five-star establishments, are found in food items and can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Gram positive cocci, which was found in fast-food restaurants, is responsible for staph infections. So neither strain is exactly pleasant.

Trump's eating habits have garnered lots of attention as the businessman-turned-president is fairly vocal about his intake of fast food, but a new book released Tuesday, Let Trump Be Trump, further details his drive-thru diet. Written by Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager and transition team director, David Bossie, the book explains how the president sustained himself on junk food during his campaign, reported The Washington Post.

According to the paper, the authors write, “On Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.”

The president’s aversion to germs made snacks like Vienna Fingers, potato chips, pretzels and Oreos a staple as the authors explain he preferred not to eat from open packages.

Fast-food joints may have an upper hand when it comes to cleanliness, but there is one thing the health-conscious may want to keep in mind if mimicking the president's diet. According to the Washington Post's report on his former aides' new book, Trump's typical order included two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish and a chocolate shake. Based on calorie counts found on McDonald's website, that meal would set you back a hefty 2,430 calories.