Fast food… Is it Safe?

At the present time, it is very evident that people around the world get even more addicted with fast food meals. Yes, it is indeed appetizing, quick and convenient. But come to think of it, is it safe? Is it really okay to be attached to this kind of habit?

Fast food is high in fat and calories. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recommend that healthy adults under age 51 limit their daily sodium to fewer than 2,300 mg. One fast food meal alone can put you over that limit: a fast food chicken dinner contains 2,243 mg of sodium, a fish sandwich has 882 mg, and 1 oz of cheese on your burger contains 406 mg, according to Colorado State University Extension. As you can see, too much fat and calories is ruinous to our body. It is important for us to be aware of what we are eating. Just because a food is delicious, doesn’t mean that it’s healthy and it’s okay for us to eat it for like all the time.

I think that we, people, should live a healthy lifestyle by eating organic food and eating less preserved food. I am not saying that we should never eat fast food, what I’m saying is that we should reduce the ingestion of it as much as possible. According to research, twice a week of fast food is already risky to our health. Not only does the regular intake of fast foods weaken our health, but most fast food contains plenty of harmful chemical additives, such as preservatives, flavoring agents, and pesticides. Now ask yourself, how often do you eat fast food?

Another fact is that fast food may speed up people’s risk of clogged arteries that can lead to heart attacks. Researchers at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Francisco have demonstrated that a certain type of fat, called oxidized fat, can accelerate the buildup of plaque in arteries. And many types of fast food such as hamburgers, pizza and French fries are loaded with oxidized fat. In 2010, 36.9 percent of Americans had heart disease, a number the American Heart Association projects will climb to 40.5 percent by the year 2030.

All in all, I believe that fast food is unhealthy. It has tons of harmful effects that have a huge impact on our health. Before wanting to eat in a fast food chain, think about all the consequences first that you’ll have to face in the future. Eating fast food is a bad habit and it should be controlled. Start living a healthy lifestyle as early as now.


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