Fast food is becoming very popular because they are readily available, easy to cook, convenient and mostly known for their yummy taste.
In the busy and hectic schedule of modern times, people have no time to prepare nutritious food during the day. They have to walk out early in the morning and spend most of the time at workplaces.
Thus, they have to depend on the instant foods that are available in restaurants and hotels. This is the prime choice of youngsters for the delicious and tempting taste of junk food. In spite of the risks of fast food, they appeal to everyone's appetite irrespective of the age. These processed foods are also rich in carbohydrates and fats.
Risks Associated with Fast Food
Sometimes, because of their easy availability and their delicious taste, people especially the teenagers, get hooked on to it. If we consume fast food on a regular basis, then it can be hazardous to health.
Foods like noodles, wafers, pastries, pizzas etc. lack nutritious value. They are deficient in vitamins, protein and/or minerals, but rich in sodium and other harmful additives.
This leads to diseases like diabetes, obesity, cardiac problems, clogged arteries, reduced bone strength and many other health-related problems.
Even if you say that you opt for 'healthy' options in the fast food restaurants, let's tell you straight―you're wrong. The fruit and yogurt salads that you gulp have more sugar content than the regular soda can. This causes the insulin resistance to increase, thereby increasing the risk of getting diabetes.
It's no secret that fast foods have, and are contributing to adding up the obese percentage in the adult population. These foods contain a lot of calories and fats, that not just increase your weight, but make you feel lethargic and weak.
Some studies also show that fast food junkies are more prone to suffer from depression. This is due to overall lack of nutrition, inactivity, and monotonous food habits.
For someone who consumes these in excess, it may lead to acidity and liver failuredue to the high amount of fat, salts and oil in it.
Well, needless to say, these foods also cause digestive problems, which lead to causing GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease ) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Too much of junk food on a regular basis can make an individual overweight due to the extra calories hidden in those foods. It affects the concentration levels in studies and other activities too.
Fast Food―What's the Verdict?
It's clear that the risks definitely outnumber its positive effects. The bad side of fast food is that it has almost "zero" nutritious value. Despite this fact, we can definitely include them in our menu and exercise proper control over their consumption.
The craving for fast food among various individuals right from a child to an adult is so much that one cannot avoid their consumption. In every city, there are food parlors like McDonald's, Pizza Hut, KFC, and other restaurants that are ever ready with foodstuffs like burgers and pizzas to serve different taste buds.
So, we cannot avoid fast food completely in our day-to-day life considering their taste, easy access, instant delivery and affordability, but the important thing that we can do is to avoid excessive dependence on these foodstuffs.