Fast Food has invaded us, beware of your Health
Have you ever thought what Fast Food really is? Let’s have a closer look at it. Fast Food has entered our modern day life in a big way. People do not realize the devastating effects it can have on your health and the health of your family. You come home from work and do not have the energy to think about and even less to cook a full meal from scratch. Parents are both working, so what is easier than to open the deep freezer and put a ready meal in the microwave oven. Microwave ovens are also bad for your health. On top comes, the radiation has a radius of 20 meters.
What is Fast Food?
Everything which comes out of a bag, pack or a box and is wrapped up.
This type of food is easily digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, but as it has no real nutrients, nor much fiber, it will not keep you feeling full and satisfied for long. This food you will not only find in the so-called fast-food restaurants. Many restaurants opt for pre-prepared food to save time.
Nowadays people are always in a hurry so the ordered food has to appear pronto on the plate. In southern countries like Spain, Portugal or Italy the tradition of having long and relaxed lunches still exists but also in these countries it is getting rarer. People do not take hour-long midday breaks to eat anymore.
Explosive growth in the fast food market
The global fast food market is growing, and that means there will also be a growing demand for packaged food. It seems the times where the complete family would gather around the table and spent quality time with each other while eating natural food might not come back. Each of the family members has different timetables, so it is difficult to find the right time where everybody can have a meal together.
A nice memory
This reminds me of a delightful experience I had in 1974. I made a trip to Bangkok and the Philippines. In Manila, I had the honor to have lunch with a famous artist. This older lady was a well-known jewelry designer and had won first place in a contest in Asia. She had made a necklace of peace doves, beautiful; I saw a photo. Arriving at her house, the whole family greeted me, including a group of grandchildren.
The table was enormous and round. In the middle a bit elevated was a second smaller round table on which they placed the food. This smaller table could rotate, so it was easy to reach for the different dishes on display. I spent some lovely hours talking about this and that with this welcoming and friendly family, no need to say the food was delicious.
What is considered fast food?
Let’s have a look at what fast food is exactly.
The list is long, here come some examples:
French fries, fried in unhealthy fats
Bagels and Croissants, wheat, sugar, and bad fats.
Energy bars, seemingly good as a pep me up but loaded with sugars.
Soda, loaded with sugars and nothing else but chemicals.
Frozen entrees, these foods have a lot of additives, too much salt and sugar and fat.
Products made with white flower, also sugar, fat, and additives.
Deli meats and cheeses, preservatives, plastic in the cheese, no good what so ever.
We are getting fatter
Obesity is on the rise, especially in western countries. We have an overload of food but as a whole are undernourished. Big companies like McDonald, KFC, Nestle are having their greedy eyes on developing countries. People are getting hooked on the taste and therefore in places like Brasil, Ghana, China, and India obesity is also on the rise. Health issues previously nearly unknown in these countries are now becoming common.
Are you prepared to suffer the health risks?
Let’s talk about the health risks you are open to if you eat fast food. There again the list is long and frightening, to say the least.
Diabetes and obesity are first on the list, this one probably understands but that it also makes you more vulnerable to premature cardiac death, cancer and stokes might be a novelty. These foods are altering your brain, making you prone to depressions and mental illnesses. What you eat affects your brain, and the result could be Alzheimer’s and dementia.
This video shows you that things are often different from what you think.
If people eat a lot of fast food, they change. They can develop depressions and also become more aggressive. Fast food people have a 51% chance to develop depression as your brain does not get clean fuel, so to speak. This applies to people who eat 2 servings of fast food a week. This information came out of a study published in The Public Health Journal.
Do not eat french fries
In the Journal of Adolescence Health. they found that only 1 time a week eating these bad French fries while being a teenager could augment your risk of getting breast cancer by 27%.
One thing which is well worth mentioning is that children who eat a well-balanced and healthy diet will be less hyperactive, less moody and more cooperative. At a young age, one should educate your child’s taste buds. Giving it sweet foods, too much salt, and bad oils it will develop a liking for it and this habit is nearly impossible to get rid of once grown up.
The science of food addiction explains these bad foods have a biochemical effect on your brain. To say it easily to understand you become addictive to fast food. Fast food rules you, do you want that?
You are what you eat
Dr. Fuhrman has written a new book with the Title: Fast Food Genocide.
You are what you eat, that is a fact. If you put bad petrol in your car, it will not drive far. This applies to the human body also, the food you eat influences if you live a long and healthy life. Be informed, as that is the first step in the right direction.
To go from nearly total fast food to nearly all healthy food is difficult. It requires a reeducation of your tastebuds. Some people prefer to do it slowly like substitute 1item each week for something more healthy. Other people like to make a drastic change. Only healthy food with now and then a minor sin. Whatever way you choose, better start now than later.
Even if you are in your forties or fifties, it will still have a very positive result on your health. You might opt for having a health check and an extensive blood test made. Repeat the blood test after 6 months and you will be in for a surprise. When you reach 70 years of age and you can say I feel great and I do not take any chemical pills, you can thank the change in food for this significant result.
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Source: Lindsay Oberst of the Food Revolution Network
Photo Source: Pixabay
Perhaps you like to read my post on Fats. There are many types of fats, some are good and others are bad. It has an enormous influence on your health what fats you eat.