The Myriad Adverse Effects Of Fast Food

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What is fast food? There are various definitions of fast food and different names given to it as well. Technically, any food that can be quickly prepared, cooked and served can be regarded as fast food. However, time is not the only determining factor. Had that been the case then your fruit juice back home, which takes only a few minutes to make provided your blender or grinder is setup, would have been fast food as well.

What Is Fast Food, Actually?

Fast food is any food that has been cooked quickly but also whose ingredients or all the food items going into the recipe have been precooked, prepared and stored for a while prior to the actual cooking. Another piece of detail that has become significantly relevant in today’s context is the processed and ready to cook foods.

When any food is not cooked in its traditional way, it falls under the definition of what is fast food. For instance, take the example of soup. If you make soup the traditional way by cooking the broth, boiling the vegetables or chicken and any other ingredient that you want, use salts and everything else from your kitchen, then it is not fast food. However, if you were to buy a ready to cook soup, bring it home and add the mix to water and get your soup, without doing anything else, then it is fast food.

Fast food typically applies to what you get at restaurants and takeaways where the foods are prepared long before they are cooked, the foods are processed heavily and they are mostly fried or quickly cooked in high heat ovens. Burgers, pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches (unless using all fresh ingredients which are completely unprocessed) and even sushi and pasta are fast foods.

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Effects Of Fast Foods

Fast foods are not good for us. There can be no debate on that. Doctors, dietitians, nutritionists and scientists from every nook and corner of the world have reiterated time and again, published numerous studies and results of researches that fast foods are one of the worst curses of the modern world. If there is something that you should quit right today, then it has to be fast foods.

There are numerous effects of fast foods. First, fast foods lead to obesity. In the US and most developed countries, obesity has become the greatest health challenge today. Everywhere you look and anyone you meet, you are more likely to meet an obese child or adult and rarely would you get to see a man or woman with a healthy body, one who is fit and agile. From the perspective of obesity and fitness, you would not be able to lose belly fat if you keep eating fast foods. Fast foods do nothing positive to your energy level. Fast foods cannot be classified as healthy eating. Thus, if you want to fight obesity or weight gain, if you intend to lose weight and enjoy optimum energy level and if you wish to indulge in healthy eating then you have to quit fast foods. Obesity is one of the unavoidable fast food effects.

What Else?

Among the other effects of fast foods, a significant one is its impacts on health of the heart. Most junk or fast foods increase the cholesterol and glucose levels in our blood. Higher cholesterol is not good for your heart. Higher blood sugar levels will cause diabetes. There are millions of people living with diabetes in the US which is one of the direct effects of fast foods. Fast foods increase the blood pressure which again directly impacts your heart. If you want to avoid cardiac problems then apart from exercising, you should avoid fast foods.

Fast foods interfere with everything that is natural in our body. It hinders the natural biological growth of a child. They do not have any nutrition that the body desires. Instead, they are rich in toxins. Artificial flavors, chemicals, colors and all types of synthesized ingredients have very little nutrition to offer. They would only harm your health, in the short term and in the long term.

Once in a while indulging in fast foods can be acceptable but making it a part of your daily or even weekly diet is against the very principles of healthy eating. You would not only fail to lose belly fat if you eat fast foods, you would also fail to live a healthy life.

The effects of fast foods are not noticeable instantly. They feel good to taste and are also filling on most occasions. It is only after months of gorging on them that you would notice the first mild effects of fast foods. Most people do not pay heed to such minor fast food effects and soon enough they become a health concern.

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Comments

  1. These photos of fast food genuinely do look beautiful! : o

  2. Excellent information! Love the fast food “truths”!!!

  3. Great info, great sharing
    Thank you
    For me the effects of Fast food are instantaneous, I immediately feel down, my stomach starts feeling heavy, and overall I feel I ate something that took from me rather than nourishes my body.
    This became more evident when I started ratting healthy.

  4. Fast Food may be addictive and those who eat it every day can find it tough to stop. The effects of eating it are just horrific.I don’t even want to touch this type of food.

  5. Glad you wrote this piece. It is helpful to inform people. We hardly ever eat fast food though my husband craves it.

  6. You are doing a good job. Best wishes. I will be visiting again.
    Bharat Nurse

  7. Though I do not frequently eat fast food, I have experimented with McDonald’s Iced Coffee. As an anosmic, a person without a sense of smell, I can barely taste. Drinking this crap allowed me to experience the placebo effect: it convinced me that I was no longer tired and could work all night. In no time at all, I became horribly sick with stomach pains and even fainting. After researching, I found the ingredients of this poison. The information within this link: http://smallnotebook.org/2008/06/10/mcdonalds-iced-coffee-just-say-no/
    will be found as revolting and immoral. How can these franchises sell us this waste? I find it personally insulting to my intelligence that they believe I am worth nothing. Ever since, I have been protesting all fast food chains. If we all stopped eating this junk, the businesses would cease to exist. Why isn’t there a veggie drive thru? Why has cheap become synonymous with unhealthy? When it comes to fast food, please just deny the artificial laboratory creations.

  8. I am proud to say that I have not eaten fast food except for Subway 3 or 4 times a year during road trips, in more than 25 years.

  9. Unfortunately fast food has spread out all over the globe. I must admit that I love the taste of most if not all in the above pictures, but I’ve been trying to avoid them as much as possible.

  10. Hey. I must say that this post is insanely good. I’m very thin, eating too much of this type of food for many years..
    Fast Food destroys you and i hope people realize that. I’m not fat, but my body can handle it no more

  11. I broadly agree with the main drive of this article, but I know people that eat low-fat fast-foods that have lost weight and kept it off, while simultaneously lowering cholesterol. I agree that home-made food from natural ingredients is ideal, but where this isn’t always possible, there are less-unhealthy fast food choices you can make. Fully checking out the label is very important, though, as many things perceived as healthy are not, on closer inspection.

    All the same, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I certainly agree that the less we eat fast foods, the better chance we have of good health.

    • I was walking past a certain fast food chain provider on the high street today and the people were handing out promoting flyers for buy one get one free, is it just me or does anyone else want to make them eat these flyers when they wave them in your face? Ridiculous to think that they pay individuals to promote bad health! Disgusting.

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