What is Fast Food?
Fast food is a simple and quick preparation of dishes, most of which can be consumed even without cutlery on the go. Fast food includes hot dogs, corn dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, sandwiches, shawarma, pies, french fries, sausages in the dough, pancakes with fillings, chips, popcorn, instant noodles, corn flakes, pizza, sparkling water, all kinds of cocktails etc.
Is Fast Food Addictive?
Regular consumption of fast food products is inevitably addictive due to all sorts of food additives that act on taste buds, thereby reducing the susceptibility to ordinary food, which after fast food seems already tasteless, and all the talk and clinical tests conducted cannot convince hamburger lovers that they are dangerous.
Is it ok to consume Fast Food once a month?
Among people who recognize the harm of fast food, there is an opinion that a rare visit to fast food, about once a month, will not cause any harm to the body, and all terrible diseases can be avoided, but unhealthy food remains harmful regardless of the amount of consumption.
Harmful Effects of Fast Food on Human Health
Fast food affects the human body from head to toe. Here are some of the most common human health problems that are getting common among different people belonging from different regions due to the increased consumption of fast foods. These include:
Fast food contains too much salt. Excess salt is high blood pressure (hypertension), and this, respectively, headaches, pain in the heart, tinnitus, and visual impairment. Salt retains water in the body, which complicates the functioning of the kidneys and heart. Excess salt leads to swelling of the hands and feet. Other adverse effects are overweight, osteochondrosis, gout, urolithiasis, kidney stones and cholelithiasis.
Obesity and Diabetes
It is worth noting that fructose from fruits enters the body not alone but with cellulose (indigestible fibre). Thanks to her, she bypasses the stomach, is not absorbed into the bloodstream and reaches the large intestine. Excess consumption of sugar, both glucose and fructose, is a direct path to obesity and diabetes. Fast foods are rich in glucose and therefore are the leading causes of human health concerns.
Fats or trans-fats are sometimes found in nature, but much more of the trans-fats that enter our bodies are of artificial origin. At first, no one noticed the harm from such fats. But as early as 1993, studies appeared confirming that eating foods high in trans-fats increased the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Trans-fats behave differently in the body than their natural counterparts. In addition to the heart, trans-fats also hit the pancreas leading to the development of diabetes, as well as the appearance of chronic inflammatory processes.
Kidney Diseases and Muscle Atrophy
The content of harmful phosphorus in it also speaks against fast food, which leads to kidney disease and gradual muscle atrophy. Of course, the trace element phosphorus is good for health and is part of many chemical compounds in the human body, but its amount should be negligible.
In fast food products, it is found in large quantities and at the same time in a modified form due to the processing to which the products are subjected. Phosphorus derivatives become toxic and harmful to health, especially with increased and regular consumption.
Other Fatal Diseases
Monosodium glutamate is a food additive that enhances the smell and taste of any dishes and products of fast food. Often it is hidden in the composition of the product under the name MSG (monosodium glutamate).
Excessive consumption of products containing this dietary supplement can eventually cause Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure, digestive problems, bronchial asthma, and various allergic reactions.
An excess of glutamate also affects vision – the structure of the eye retina is disturbed. And, of course, monosodium glutamate can cause food addiction. A person ceases to perceive natural food and can no longer do without the addition of monosodium glutamate to food.
To normalize the functioning of the body, you should pay attention to natural products rather than consuming fast foods. Eat fruits vegetables, and drink fresh juices, a lot of clean non-carbonated and preferably non-mineral water to maintain the physical and mental health.