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5 Major Fast Food Effects on Body and Health

Last updated on January 27th, 2023 at 02:33 pm

Fast food effects on body! Fast food is convenient, but it’s also bad for your health. It can cause weight gain, heart disease, anxiety and more. However, the worst effect is on your brain.

The effects of fast food on the brain may surprise you. Fast food has been linked to depression, anxiety, and weight gain. It can also trigger dopamine addiction and lead to an increased risk of dementia. The only way to limit the damage is by eliminating fast food from your diet completely.

How Fast Food Affects your Health?

Fast food is a major player in the obesity epidemic. It’s unhealthy, bad for the environment, and full of chemicals. The quality of food has been on the decline as fast food companies have been cutting corners to save money. In this post, we’ll be talking about why you should avoid fast food.

The name ‘fast food’ comes from the fact that it can be prepared and served in a jiffy and, not to mention, tastes delicious. Don’t be fooled by the smell and the taste. They have such little to no nutritional value that they can hardly be called food.

They are rich in calories, fat and sugar that lead to various kinds of health conditions. Popular junk foods include gums, sweets, carbonated drinks, desserts, fried foods; you probably love them now, but after knowing their effects on your health, eliminate them from your diet.

5 Major Fast Food Effects on Body and Health

Fast food is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic in worldwide. It lacks vitamins and minerals because of food processing, has a high fat content that leads to weight gain, and contains high levels of sodium that can affect blood pressure.

Here are some conditions which can be caused by the consumption of excessive fast food;

  1. Heart diseases: Fast food contains high amounts of trans or saturated fats that can clog your arteries and lead to a high level of cholesterol later in life. People who have junk food over four times a week increase their risk of dying by 80%.
  2. Obesity: Adolescents who have poor eating habits are at a high risk of being obese. Gaining a lot of weight beyond a recommended proportion can cause many health problems. Junk foods have sugar and calories that lead to weight gain. It has also been noticed that people who are prone to eating more fast foods are less likely to consume fruits and vegetables and this further weakens their immune system.
  3. Peptic Ulcer: Peptic ulcer is a disease that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract; it is acidic and causes extreme stomach ache. Spicy oily and salted food combined with stress and alcohol can lead to this condition. 
  4. Diabetes: Busy work schedule prevents many people from cooking at home and they take a resort to fast food, but it is advisable not to let work impede your health. Consuming regular fast food coupled with poor lifestyle and lack of exercise leads to obesity, which causes type 2 diabetes.

Cut down on junk food and incorporate fruits and vegetables and also make time to include a daily exercise routine to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In case you have a concern or query, you can always consult a diet specialist and get answers to your questions!

What are Classified as Fast Food?

Fast food refers to food that can be prepared and served quickly. It can come from many places; sit-down restaurants, counter service, takeout, drive-thru, and delivery. Fast food is popular because the food is inexpensive, convenient, and tastes good. However, fast food is often made with cheaper ingredients such as high fat meat, refined grains, and added sugar and fats, instead of nutritious ingredients such as lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Fast food is also high in sodium (aka salt) which is used as a preservative and makes food more flavorful and satisfying.

Is Fast Food Really Bad for our Health?

There is no such thing as a “bad” food, but there are some foods you should try not to have regularly. Because fast food is high in sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, it isn’t something you should eat often. Eating too much over a long period can lead to issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and unwanted weight gain. Since eating a lot of trans fats can cause certain heart health problems, the FDA (Federal Food and Drug Administration) has required that artificial trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils be removed from foods sold at restaurants by 2020.

People also often drink soda when they eat fast food, which adds “empty” calories (calories that don’t make you feel full or provide any nutrients besides sugar) to the meal. It’s helpful to remember that with fast food, moderation is important.

Is Some Fast Food Healthier than Home Food?

Many fast-food chains have updated their menus to include healthier options. For example, many have menu items that contain fruits and vegetables. Some menus even have special items labeled as “light” or “less than 500 calories” to help consumers easily identify lighter menu items. While lower calorie menu options are not necessarily “healthier,” the calorie counts can be helpful to reference when deciding between a few meal options. If you’re having fast food more than once a week, try to choose from some of the healthier choices on the menu. You can also often look at the nutrition facts on the restaurant’s website if you’re curious.

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