How Does Fast Food Affect Your Body?

 

Popping into our favourite fast food restaurant or going into a drive through happens a lot more that a lot of us would like to admit. Cooking is not something everyone is familiar with. A lot of people don’t know their way around the kitchen, and some expect their food to be served to them on the dining table with little to no personal contribution. Yeah, we get it. Cooking is not everyone’s thing. Not everyone has enough time to buy groceries, knows how to cook, or has access to a kitchen. It is a usual occurrence. Because of this, people turn to the devoured but dreaded, fast food. 

Fast Food:

What’s there not to like. It’s quick to order, it’s cheap, it’s easy to eat. But most of all, it is delicious! It is especially popular nowadays because everyone is busy fending for themselves. Amidst everything they do, a quick meal is what everyone prefers. Something that is easy to consume and something that is fast. Fast food often turns out to be the default choice. Just the smell of it increases our sense of taste and makes the entire experience of eating fast food much more enjoyable. It contains all the feel-good ingredients. Fast food is rich in sugars, trans fats, sodium and calories. These ingredients release neurotransmitters like dopamine and oxytocin in your brain which prompts feelings of relaxation and pleasure. It then becomes our weakness and something we cannot resist. 

We all have heard that fast food is bad, but here I will give you some prominent reasons why. 

Increased risk of obesity:

The biggest difference between eating a healthy and balanced diet compared to a junk base diet is the extra calories you will consume. It’s a no brainer. A high calorie diet will take you on its way to obesity and unnecessary weight gain. Researchers have concluded that fast food will indefinitely lead to weight gain and an increase in BMI (Body Mass Index)

Constipation:

Fibre, which is a nutritional component found in fruits, vegetables and nuts is missing in most fast food items. Fibre is what helps the digested food move along your intestines and pushes the waste out of your body. Without this, you may find that you will be going to the bathroom for a “number 2” a little less frequently. Would you like to read more about the importance of a fibre rich meal? https://www.lifeprogram.org.au/living-well/blog/entry/the-importance-of-fibre 

Nutritional Starvation:

High calories = Low nutrition.

Too much fast food can lead to a serious nutritional deficiency and force you to take the support of nutrition pills. Only the consumption of calories is not enough. Your body needs nutrition to properly function. 

These are just some of the big ones. The list goes on and on. It also includes kidney problems, increase in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, risk of cancer and heart diseases, skin problems and mental health deterioration. 

The phrase “you are what you eat” has never been more true. We’re not saying completely cut fast food out of your life. Eat it once or twice a week, because everyone deserves to feel nourished. However, what we are saying is that eating it everyday, like some do, can potentially lead to a bigger problem. Something my father always says is “Don’t eat for the tongue only, eat for the body.” Would you rather eat a lot of junk now and struggle later on in life regarding your health? Or would you control how much you consume right now to preserve your health in the future? The choice seems pretty clear to me. 

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