26 May 2018

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Fast Food

 

Fatima Zahid

Life today has become fast and lifestyle changes have made people addicted to food and eatables that can be readily made. Fast food is the name coined for such food items which are either pre-cooked or can be cooked in lesser time than regular food.

People find it convenient to eat such food items which please the taste buds more than regular food. They contain more salts, sugar and no or very less dietary fiber but have spices that make it more palatable. Fast food items have no nutritional value and are extremely unhealthy. But still fast food items are popular as people find it hassle free to prepare and consume.

Fast food. It’s cheap, convenient and marketed to us when we’re young, in the hope that we’ll be consumers for life.  Fast food costs relatively little and tastes good. Fast food is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats and sodium. These foods are almost always high in calories while offering little in the way of nutrition. And when fast food frequently replaces nutritious whole foods in your diet, it can lead to all sorts of bad health outcomes. Derailing your weight loss goals is just one.

Processed foods like noodles, pizza, white bread, diet soda etc. fall into the category of fast food. People who intake fast food as a part of their diet or in form of snacks can be found to face depression. Fast foods are filled with harmful carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol that cause more cholesterol to be absorbed in the body and can also lead to heart ailments and heart attacks.

Teenagers consume fast food more fanatically including snacks like chips, fries, pizzas, samosas, burgers, ice-cream, shakes and a lot more variety of fast foods. Since fast foods lack fiber, they are likely to cause constipation and related problems if consumed on regular basis.

A lot of damage to the health and the body can be prevented by choosing nutritious food instead of opting for fast food.

 

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