The plain chicken breast you ordered as a healthy option? It’s likely brushed with a coat or two of butter before it was cooked, effectively negating the brownie points you try to score for yourself. This and other highlights from Shine‘s list of practices fast food insiders won’t easily divulge:

  • Optimum time to stop by are between 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 6 p.m.–8 p.m. At all other times, you’re more likely to get a meal that has been sitting in a hot box called a holding cabinet.
  • Don’t be fooled by the grill marks. They were manufactured in a factory.
  • Skip the chili. It is made with old hamburger meat.
  • Don’t use the word ‘extra’ to ask for something extra. Request for it obliquely and you’re less likely to get charged.
  • Go with the drive-through. As opposed to those manning the counters inside, the drive-through staffers are timed. You’ll get your food faster.
  • Check out the ice chute. Chances are, if it’s looking dirty, the place is not vigilant with its sanitation practices.

[via Shine Yahoo!]