I think it’s safe to say that many Americans understand that fast food isn’t the healthiest choice, but let’s face it; fast food is affordable and convenient for those always on the go. Being high in fat, sodium, and sugar, fast food can have a negative effect on you physically and emotionally with long-term consumption. Fast food affects your energy levels, your risks of obtaining certain diseases, and your weight.
The main issue with fast food is that it does not provide the nutrients the body needs to be healthy, such as fruits, vegetables, and fiber. This may result in symptoms of fatigue and the lack of energy needed to accomplish everyday things. With the high levels of sugar in fast food your pancreas must secrete higher amounts of insulin to prevent a hazardous spike in your blood sugar levels. Also, due to the lack of protein and good carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels drop suddenly after consuming fast food leaving you feeling irritable, fatigued, and craving more.
When consuming large amounts of fast food your risks of obtaining diabetes, heart disease, and having a stroke are significantly increase. Studies have shown that with the regular consumption of fast food you have an increase in insulin resistance; this occurs when the blood glucose levels are not properly regulated by insulin. Also, the risk of heart disease is heightened because the excessive sodium and fat levels raise blood cholesterol levels, which leads to plaque buildup and eventually heart disease. Finally, the high amounts of sodium increase your blood pressure. High blood pressure is main cause of strokes.
The fact of the matter is that the average fast food meal contains too many calories. By consuming excess calories your risk of obesity and weight gain are heightened. Fast food also contains high amounts of fat, which can accumulate in your body making you gain weight. Overall the large amounts of fat and excess calories only affect you weight in a negative way.
Fast food may be inexpensive and convenient, however the harmful effects make it one of the worst things you can do for yourself nutritionally. This is why it is so important to make healthy choices when dealing with food. In order to live a healthy lifestyle balance is vital and essential to success, both physically and emotionally.
How many times a week do you have fast food? Do you think it is the main reason for obesity in America? I would love to hear what you have to say about fast food, so please comment below.