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As people spend more time at work and less time cooking, fast food has become an increasingly common choice. Lots of people eat at the fast food restaurant every day and all three meals are prepared in fast food restaurants. While fast food can be a time and budget saving option, the consequences of eating burgers and fries daily can have unintended consequences on your waistline and your health. There are nutritious fast food options in many fast food chains, but you need to do your research to separate healthy foods from harmful foods.
One of the main consequences of daily consumption of fast food is excessive consumption of calories. According to the USDA, most "precious" meals with fries and soda flour provide more than 1,000 calories per meal, which represents more than half of the average person's calorie needs. Therefore, if you eat fast food three times a day, you may need to consume 150% of the calories per day. Excessive long-term calorie intake can lead to weight gain and obesity. In fact, the CARDIA study concluded that eating fast food more than two days a week is closely linked to weight gain and the increased risk of obesity. Obesity-related diseases include metabolic syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
A common feature of many snacks and even low calorie snacks is high salt or sodium. Currently, the average sodium intake (average daily recommended amount) for all other foods, except a long chain low-fat sandwich from a popular chain, is 2,400 mg, of which at least 60%. Many low-calorie and high-fat foods are often high in salt to make them taste better. But according to the American Heart Association, a high salt intake can cause high blood pressure, especially in people sensitive to sodium, overweight or obese.
Fast foods often add too much sugar and saturated fat, such as mayonnaise, cheese and soda. While this results in excessive calories and weight gain, it can also be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Saturated fats have been shown to increase total cholesterol, while high sugar intake can cause symptoms of metabolic syndrome, including an increase in triglycerides. High triglyceride and cholesterol levels are indicators of cardiovascular disease and are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Many of the health issues mentioned above are interconnected, as is diabetes. Excess sugar intake, obesity and insulin resistance associated with the metabolic syndrome are important risk factors for developing diabetes. The CARDIA study also found that eating fast food more than twice a week is closely linked to increased insulin resistance and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes greatly increases your risk of disease cardiovascular, so when you have one of these diseases, you may be at higher risk for all of them.
While fast food chains are struggling to provide low-calorie, low-fat, and low-sodium foods, determining if these menu foods are really healthy remains a challenge. For example, some fast food restaurants offer salads on the menu, and because they add a lot of cheese, fried chicken, and high-calorie salad dressings, salads have more calories and fat than large burgers. The best way to tell if a particular fast food is healthy is to check the nutritional information in a restaurant or online. Check calories, saturated fats, sodium and sugar. If you don't want to bother with these numbers, order the grilled or grilled option instead of fries. Also, reduce or eliminate sources of added calories and fat, such as mayonnaise, specialty sauces, cheese, or creamy salad dressings. Finally, choose a healthier side dish (such as a side salad or a baked potato).