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Effects of fast food


Effects of Fast Food

     Fast food can be defined as any food that contributes little or no nutrient value to the diet, but instead provides excess calories and fat. Nowadays, there are  millions of  fast food restaurants in the world that offers their costumers plenty of different meals with a special price. Fast food can be a good way to save time ,but it is not the proper way for nutrition.  Researchers found that eating fast food meals more than twice a week was associated with double the risk of abnormal glucose  metabolism. Also, those products cause a great gain in weight and may cause many heart diseases. Burgers, French-fries, soft drinks are just a few examples of junk food. Some people think that French fries are healthy, well they are high in fat .Fast food restaurant uses a solid shortening to fry the potatoes, then you are getting trans fatty acids, which may increase your cholesterol.


   Another example is soft drinks. It is generally understood that soft drinks, even though they contain a large number of calories, have little nutritional benefit and are known as “empty calories”.  A common problem that is associated with consumption of a large number of soft drinks is the increased acid levels throughout the body.  All soft drinks are very acidic, but dark colas such as Coke and Pepsi are much more acidic. A very serious effect of soft drinks on people’s health is the correlation between soft drink consumption and the increased risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis. Soft drinks are the most consumed caffeine-containing beverage in America.  Caffeine is a drug that acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system. Large amounts of caffeine consumption can cause diseases and disorders such as insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, and deviations from the normal heart rate.


   To sum up, people need to reduce the number of junk food meals and products to help avoid the growing epidemic of obesity , disease, and diabetes. Also, people should try to get in the habit of picking up their food in grocery stores instead of the fast food window, and eat at home with family and friends if possible. FOR MORE INFORMATION