Harms and benefits of fast food

Is it bad if I eat fast food every day?

 Damages of fast food

Fast food has many negative effects on health, as it is high in calories and high in fat, cholesterol, salt, and sugar, and it also contains a small amount of vitamins and minerals, and we mention it in the following:

Diabetes: Some fast food contains a high percentage of sugar, such as chocolate, as every 454 grams of it contains 62 grams of sugar, and soft drinks as every 454 grams of it contain 44 grams of sugar, and the burger also contains a large amount of sugar, Therefore, eating fast food regularly is one of the reasons for the continuous rise in blood sugar levels, and it may cause serious complications, such as hearing loss, kidney disease, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and stroke.

 Arteriosclerosis and heart disease: Fast food contains a high percentage of salt, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, and some studies have shown a direct relationship between sodium intake and salty foods with blood pressure problems. Eating too much cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis, which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death. The fats in fast food consist of saturated fatty acids that are usually solid at room temperature but raise cholesterol levels in the blood, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Increased risk of obesity: Fast food is high in calories and low in nutritional value, which leads to obesity and the formation of belly fat, and thus increases the risk of chronic and serious diseases.

Dental decomposition: As drinking soft drinks and sugary drinks permanently may lead to weak teeth and oral health, eating large amounts of gas increases acid in the mouth, which leads to tooth decay and cavitation.

Inflammation increases: plastic foods and drinks are coated with phthalates, a type of chemical toxin that causes endocrine disruption, as a study found that eating fast food increases levels of phthalate metabolites by 35%, as these phthalates cause inflammation, which increases the risk of metabolic syndrome. Thus, inflammation levels increase.

The benefits of fast food  

Fastfood has some benefits, and it can sometimes be eaten as part of a healthy diet. The following are some of the benefits:

Convenient: Some foods and healthy options can be chosen from fast-food restaurants, thus obtaining healthy foods with the least possible time and effort, and from healthy fast foods, oatmeal made from milk, a salad that contains vegetables and nuts, and grilled chicken.

Have a variety of choices: Fast food restaurants offer many varied options that allow people to try foods from different cultures without spending a lot of money.

Its cost is low: as some fast food is cheap, and it helps a person eat healthy food on a limited budget, such as tuna, peanut butter, dried beans, brown rice, and whole pasta.

Control of calories: As some restaurants write the number of calories, which enables a person to use this information and eat low-calorie foods when eating fast food.

Effects of fast food on society 

The increase in the popularity of fast food and its consumption increases the rates of obesity in the community for adults and children, which increases serious diseases in society, and despite awareness and trying to improve the diet, the busyness of people makes them eat outside the home a lot, thus increasing the damage and negative effects On the health care system.

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