Fast Food: Real Effects

Wendy’s, McDonalds, Whataburger, Starbucks, Dominos, Taco Bell, Pizza hut, and the list goes on and on. There are at least one of the fast food chains in your city or town if you have internet access to read this article. Check in with yourself, how often do you pickup an item from one of these fast-food chains? If you stop at least once per day to get your fix, you may want to tune in further.
Many of the fast food is similar in nature, it’s fast, high in calorie, low in nutrients, filled with sodium and sugar. According to Americans should consume less than 1,800 mg of sodium per day. the average person should not exceed 2,300 mg of sodium per day. How does that compare to some of the menu items available at some of your favorite fast food chains? Let’s take a closer look:

Break down of some of the most popular fast-food items:
- One Big Mac contains 563 calories, 29 grams of fat, and 1,007 grams of sodium.
- One medium cheese pizza slice alone contains 210 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 640 mg of sodium
- One crunchy taco contains 170 calories 9 grams of fat, and 310 mg of sodium.

If you pickup one item for breakfast and say another two for lunch, you can be in danger. This type of habit is one you should work to break. Try meal prepping one or two meals to have on the go.
Fast-food makes you obese
There is a link between frequent fast-food consumption and obesity. Most fast food is high in saturated fat which causes weight gain. It also increases the risk of developing high cholesterol which puts you at risk for heart disease.

High calorie, high fat diets are packed with animal fats and cholesterol can cause obesity, diabetes, and other health risks.
All in all, it’s not a big danger to have a fast-food meal every now and then. Keep it very minimal. There is very little benefit for your body to consume low quality food. Humans are made to consume foods that come from the earth and ground, not overly processed and frozen, transported from factory to factory across great distances.