Fast Food Suicide...
The number of fast food sources are growing by the day, and as life becomes increasingly busy it is no wonder why people are turning to these convenient food sources. But how bad are these foods??
By fast food, I'm not just talking about products that are processed and pre-prepared so that they can be cooked fast and handed over to the customer within a matter of minutes, such as is popular in almost all burger and fries restaurants that are advertised all the time. I'm also including a lot of stuff that you buy at the supermarket that you pop into the microwave and have a ready meal for the family in a matter of minutes. Even the ones that claim to be ‘healthy, fat free and wholesome’!!!
Convenience foods, or foods that require no preparation or traditional cooking by people trying to juggle a full time job with looking after a family are equally as unhealthy and unwholesome as the burgers and pizzas you get from fast food outlets. Here's why.
Foods that are processed and made into what can best be described as ready meals often contain few if any nutritional ingredients. They are bulked out with pasta, breadcrumbs, corn flour, processed potato, processed egg and milk products as well as hydrogenated vegetable oil, saturated fats, gums, sugar substitutes etc, and then made to taste good by the addition of herbs and spices, salt, monosodium glutamate and sugars. They also contain artificial colours and preservatives as well as some artificial flavouring just to complete the unhealthy package!
The impact on your health from fast food is quite staggering when it is consumed on a regular basis. Unfortunately, an ever growing number of households are doing exactly that, as fewer and fewer families rely on someone doing any conventional cooking using fresh food ingredients. Far too many households feed themselves on a constant, daily diet of microwavable ready meals with very little or no fresh fruit or vegetables. Then they "treat" themselves to a meal out, by visiting a burger or pizza restaurant. Here's what's wrong with that.
When your diet is lacking in fresh fruit and vegetables, your intake of essential nutrients that are derived from these sources is almost nil. Your intake of dietary fibre is also low to nonexistent. By replacing fresh wholesome food with processed, additive laden food, you do the following things to your body:
- Raise your blood pressure
- Increase the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol
- Slow your metabolic rate (the rate at which you digest, process and eliminate food)
- Weaken your immune system
- Destabilize your blood sugar levels
What all this does to your body is it increases your fat storage, especially if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Your body then becomes tired, achy and you lack motivation to do anything therefore again reaching for the convenient meal. It’s a vicious circle that needs to be broken. It will be hard a t first but the simplest of changes can make a huge difference. Like swapping one night of convenience for a home cooked meal for example will give your body much needed nutrients and vitamins.
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