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Unhealthy Fast Food

We are all consumers of unhealthy fast food to a certain extent. However, not all of us understand the gravity of the choice that we make. So, read this article about it!
We are all aware of the fact that fast food is unhealthy. I need not tell you that the increase in cases of obesity and diabetes is all thanks to the amount of fast food consumed. However, there are a lot of things that one needs to know about these unhealthful fast food choices.

Is Fast Food Unhealthy?

Yes, yes, yes! Fast food is very very unhealthy. Not only because they have added calories in them and that can make you gain weight. The reason why fast foods are so unhealthy is because they have no nutrients and have only added chemicals. For example, a fast-food chicken breast tends to contain everything from modified cornstarch to hydrolyzed corn gluten. Do you know that corn is given to the cattle to fatten them up. These chicken nuggets, and even french fries are said to take about 51 days for digestion. Do you call that unhealthy? Yes, I call it lethally unhealthy. The body is not only using up energy to digest the food, but the food does not even have enough nutrition. How does it make sense? Did you know that 25% Americans consume fast food as a daily meal choice? Well, now who do you blame for the growing obesity and diabetes in the world?

Unhealthy Fast Food Facts

One of the constituents that makes a certain food unhealthy is trans fat. More the trans fat, the more its ability to make you susceptible to obesity, diabetes etc. Hence, here is a list of 10 of the most dangerous fast food options. These food products are extremely high in trans fats and other harmful elements.
  • White Castle Homestyle Onion Rings (sack): 30 grams trans fat
  • White Castle Fish Nibblers: 16 grams trans fat
  • KFC Chicken Pot Pie: 14 grams trans fat
  • Burger King Hash Browns (large): 13 grams trans fat
  • White Castle Chicken Rings (20 rings): 13 grams trans fat
  • Jack in the Box Fish & Chips (large): 12 grams trans fat
  • Jack in the Box Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges: 12 grams trans fat
  • White Castle Clam Strips (sack): 12 grams trans fat
  • Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket (6 piece): 12 grams trans fat
  • White Castle French Fries (sack): 11 grams trans fat
So, if you were wondering which is the most unhealthy one, these fast foods were researched to be America's most unhealthy foods. In fact, they are said to be most likely to kill you.

Why do People Opt for Fast Food?

With the increase of working parents and stress at work, many parents prefer to give lunch and meal money to the children. The habit of healthy eating and acquiring the taste for healthy foods is not exactly developed in children today. As such, when children have the choice, they opt for fast food. I hardly need to tell you that fast food is quite tasty. This is another reason why most people, even adults, tend to opt for them, whenever they get the chance.

Healthy Fast Food Options

There are a few options that one could avail in order to get the best of both worlds. For example, if you have to opt for fast food of some sort, you could try out the salads and the lighter burgers that they have to offer. Choosing a vegetarian burger with a salad dressing, rather than a mayonnaise dressing can be a better choice, right!

All these choices, if made correctly, can rid our generation of the lifestyle disease evils to a considerable extent. Don't just think about your weight when choosing food, think about your health as well. This is where I sign off! Eat well!
By Rashida Khilawala
Published: 1/28/2010
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