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8 Powerful Reasons To Restrict Fast Foods

Updated on April 3, 2008

Any food that has poor nutritional value is considered unhealthy and may be called a "junk food" . Such food has become a part of a busy modern lifestyle. Fast food is very popular because it is convenient, not expensive, easy to purchase, requires little or no preparation, and is appetizing. Probably you do know that fast food is not a healthy food, but do you know why?

Here are some good reasons to restrict fast food:

  1. High palatability. Palatability of fast food is really guileful. It makes you eat fast and want more of it.
  2. Rich in calories. Fast food is loaded with calories. Do you know that fast food meals usually contain about 1,000 Calories for just one meal? Getting so many unnecessary extra calories in a single meal almost ensures that you will be overweight, especially if you do it on a regular basis.
  3. High saturated and trans fats content. Many fast foods are cooked with a lot of oil and butter, and very often in an ultra-hot oil high in trans fats. Fried meat, fish or chicken, French fries, cheese, bologna, mayonnaise, and dressings are all common high fat ingredients of fast food. Too much fat, and especially saturated and trans fat, can contribute to obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease. Fast foods are probably the biggest source of trans fats in our diet.
  4. High glycemic index. Most fast foods are high glycemic index foods (cause a rapid rise in blood glucose levels). Desserts, candy, syrups, jellies, and jams all contain added sugar. Corn flakes, French fries, white bread, soda drinks also have a high glycemic index. Scientific studies confirm that fast food increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  5. High levels of salt. Salt makes cheap food taste better, but too much salt is bad for you. You can reach your daily sodium intake (2,300 milligrams) in just one meal. It is recommended to consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

  6. Lack of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fast food tends to lack whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.
  7. Numerous food additives. Fast food is given a very attractive appearance by adding food additives and colors to enhance flavor, texture, and palatability. Additives like preservatives, colorants, and sweeteners may be harmful for the health.
  8. Large portion size. The large portions encourage overeating. Large, extra large, and double portions are the rule for fast food meals. And most people don't need super-sized portions.

The results of eating too much fast food over a long period of time could be excessive weight, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol level, insulin resistance and other serious health problems.

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    • Mark Pearson profile image

      Mark Pearson 

      10 years ago from UK

      Nice article Katie. Simply presented. It's so easy to "binge" on fast food - it tastes good, but is mostly just empty carb calories rasing our insulin levels and driving us to get fatter and fatter.

    • virtuallymaggie profile image

      virtuallymaggie 

      10 years ago

      Great info.....but sometimes it just hits the spot, doesn't it? Everything in moderation I say!

    • marisuewrites profile image

      marisuewrites 

      10 years ago from USA

      ewwww fast food places should have to post this on their cash registers and front doors...

      I'm makin' my burgers at home now! thank you for this great information@@@ sooooo helpful for all of us! =)

    • lschofield profile image

      Laura Schofield 

      10 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Its not only fast food that has these qualities! Processed and pre-made foods that are bought ready-made at the grocery store and prepared at home have many of the same faults. The school meals served to US children are also bad. People who are interested in this should check out the 2007 / 2008 Farm Bill - our subsidies to corn, soybeans, rice and grains encourage things like the addition of high fructose corn syrup in EVERYTHING. Good hub!

    • Matt Maresca profile image

      Matt Maresca 

      10 years ago from New Jersey

      If you haven't already, make a point to read the book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. You'll definitely get a better perspective of the fast food industry.

    • Sapristi! profile image

      Sapristi! 

      10 years ago

      Ew, fast food = plastic food? Just another reason to stay far, far away. Parents take note!

      Nicely written hub, by the way.

    • Kelley Eidem profile image

      Kelley Eidem 

      10 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Amen to all that.

      There's a YouTube out there about a burger that was in a guy's coat pocket hanging in his closet for a year when he rediscovered it. It looked like a two-hour old burger!

      Apparently, the ingredients in fast food burgers might contain some plasticizers or something akin to that.

      That CANNOT be a good thing.

      The best to you.

      Kelley Eidem

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      Kimberly Edwards 

      10 years ago

      KimKimberly

      How true is this? If anything you want to eat falls into these points, run quickly to the nearest Bible believing church...LOL LOL LOL...

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Well done, I agree with it. People should make an effort to try to eat ealthier and teach their children to eat healthier.

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