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Food is a part of our lifestyle. Every person’s lifestyle is different from one another. Life of today has indeed become fast alongside with lifestyle. Fast foods, as the name suggests, are foods that are readily made. Fast food chains are rising in popularity as foods are made much faster, as the name suggests, thus saving more time. This change of lifestyle has eventually made people addicted to fast foods. People find it more convenient to eat such food items than regular and home-cooked food.
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It comes in many kinds such as drive-thru, deliveries, sit-down restaurants, small stalls, and take-out. Fast foods contain more salt, sugar, less dietary fiber, and more spices that make it tasty. It is mostly made from inexpensive ingredients such as high fat meat and added sugar and fats instead of nutritious ones such as fruits and vegetables. When people eat fast food, they like to drink soda which has empty calories, the ones that neither make one full nor provide nutrition.These food items are very low in or have no nutritional value at all, making it extremely unhealthy. Despite this idea, people of today still very much prefer these over some regular foods, that surely has more nutrition, as they are easy to prepare and consume.
These food items are the ones that one should try not to eat on a regular basis as this will cause some serious health complications in the long run. The effects aren’t instant but are definitely harmful to the body of the person consuming it. One of its major effects is obesity. The fat deposits in the body and start accumulating which results in extreme weight gain and eventually obesity. These food items are also high in cholesterol making people who incorporate it into their regular diet more prone to heart complications and ailments. The age range it affects is getting younger and younger each year as it suits their taste buds better than healthy foods.
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Some other effects of fast food are mentioned in the video linked below:
Moderation is the most important thing to incorporate in our lifestyle. If one cannot stop, completely, from eating such food items, one should at least have the control upon their food consumption such as portions. Having it once in a while, like once a week or every two weeks, wouldn’t be as bad as consuming it regularly. Some fast food restaurants are even offering much healthier options which aren’t necessarily as healthy but could be a way for the consumers to choose healthier options.
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A lot of health complications can be prevented by consuming healthier foods instead of the ones we refer to as “fast food.” Balancing fast food with regular, home-cooked, nutritious food is an important thing to do. There are many healthier options that are as good and as cheap as these food items that also do not take as much time to prepare. Because of the various health disorders known from the consumption of large quantities of fast food, it is advised to substitute it with some healthier options like fruits and vegetables. Fast food items are undeniably good and tasty but knowing the effects it may bring to our health, we should try to limit ourselves and choose healthier options. There should be moderation especially for the younger ones before things actually get worse.
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