The one thing no one warns us about adulthood is that we have to decide what to make for dinner every night. So unless you have a private chef, that decision is up to you. For many of us that means a quick trip through the drive thru after a busy work day and filling your body with calories, carbohydrates, fat, and way too much sodium. While we know it is not the healthiest way to eat, many of us do not realize just what happens to our body when we ingest fast food. Here are just eight of the negative health impacts of eating fast food regularly.
1. Fast Food Contributes To The Obesity Epidemic:
Today, more than two out of three adults is considered medically obese. Sadly, that includes one third of kids between ages 6 through 19. Yet the ingredients in fast foods have remained unchanged according to the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).
2. Fast Food Can Disrupt Your Digestive System:
Fast food carbohydrates have limited or no fiber, so it is broken down to glucose (sugar). Then blood sugar increases, causing your pancreas to respond by releasing insulin. Repeated insulin spikes causes your normal insulin process to falter resulting in weight gain, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
3. Fast Foods Are Loaded With Trans Fats:
Trans fat is not natural it is manufactured during food processing. It can be found in: pasties, crackers, pizza dough, buns. No amount is healthy for humans. It will increase your bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower your good cholesterol (HDL), increasing your risk of heart disease.
4. Fast Food Contains Dangerous Levels Of Sodium:
Sodium leads to water retention which leaves you feeling bloated. High amounts of sodium is dangerous as it elevates blood pressure and stresses your heart and cardiovascular system. To give you an idea, the American Health Association (AHA) recommends less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily, your drive through meal could be more than half of that amount.
6. Fast Food Can Impact Your Respiratory System:
The extra pounds from fast food increase issues with asthma and shortness of breath. The respiratory issues affect children more. One study found that children who eat fast food (that includes frozen dinners or heavily processed foods) three times a week are more likely to develop asthma.
7. Fast Food Can Harm Your Central Nervous system:
While fast food fills you up short term because of the carbs, fats and salt, it does not provide you the fuel you need. Those ingredients found in fast food and pastries have also been known to increase depression by 51% over those who did not eat those foods.
8. Fast Food Does Not Provide A Full Panel Of Nutritional Value:
Most importantly of all, where are the vegetables? A floppy slice of lettuce or a slice of unripe tomato is not enough. All humans need vegetables for their health. A nice Greek or Caesar salad, some grilled vegetables with that nice piece of salmon. You won’t find that at your local drive thru.
There are other options to the drive thru. Much healthier, and as reasonably priced. The Lazy Daisy provide nutritious, healthy foods that will tempt any palette, including your finicky child. If you choose to eat vegetarian, vegan, ketogenic, clean, or just want a healthy filling meal, the Laisy Daisy has so many options. Just pick up the phone before you leave work and your healthy dinner will be ready for you to grab and go home.