In a fast-paced world, everything has to move quickly or chaos may ensue. Take a slow WiFi connection for example, it would surely stress out anyone, whether they be working online or just browsing through the internet. To keep up with the society's fast performance, people opt for fast food. Not only is fast food served swiftly, it is also pretty affordable. Being convenient, economical, and satisfying, it does not come as a shock how fast food corporations are gaining $$$ as fast as consumers are gaining kilograms.
Unfortunately, even if consumers are aware of the harmful effects fast food can have on the body, some people just couldn't stay away from it especially with all the enticing advertisements that offer great promos which produce continued consumption and patronage. Alas, together with smoking and alcohol addiction, allowing fast food to be a constant in one's lifestyle would definitely result to a long list of health threats. (Btw, this is when I get all science-y and stuff please do read on because I really want to prove how harmful fast food is as I munch on a slice of pizza myself.)
We need food to function properly in our daily lives. The food that we eat has a direct impact on how we feel. Fast food is usually accompanied by soda and both are very heavy in carbohydrates, unhealthy fat, and sodium. Our bodies digest carbs and transforms it to sugar, which is then let out into the bloodstream. Our pancreas react by producing insulin, which transports the sugar throughout the body. As the body takes in the sugar, our blood sugar levels drop, which makes our pancreas let out another hormone known as glucagon. This hormone is responsible for letting our livers know that it is time to start using the stored sugar. Now, when all is balanced, everything should be fine, everything is normal. The moment we consume more than what is deemed to be normal, then things start to get a little bad inside of us. Therefore, consuming meals that are high in carbs, can cause a big imbalance in our system, specifically targeting our blood sugar level. When that blood sugar level spikes up often, we may be at risk for type 2 diabetes! An increased blood sugar level also triggers the presence of acne. Yes, folks. Greasy food shouldn't take all the blame for the acne.
High amounts of sugar are accompanied by high levels of calories which is something you should avoid when you're trying to shed off some pounds since those calories add up as extra weight and could be a contributing factor to heart disease. We all have this thing called high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or the "good cholesterol." High levels of HDL reduce the risk for heart disease. Trans fat is found in fast food. It's so bad it raises the levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol which lowers the level of HDL cholesterol in our system, which would then put you at risk to, you guessed it, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Since fast food is high in preservatives and sodium, excess of salts would result to water retention in our bodies. It causes us to bloat and look puffy. Again, just like the previously mentioned harmful components, sodium will be partly responsible for high blood pressure, or an enlarged heart muscle. Also, excess sodium will put you at risk for strokes, kidney stones and kidney disease. Some studies show that sodium and calcium have a little competition inside of us, so when we take in a lot of sodium, we excrete a huge lot of calcium when we pee. This will greatly affect our bones, causing osteoporosis and bone fractures. This information is important, especially for growing children who are exposed to meals with high levels of sodium. So, please lessen the sodium and keep drinking milk.
Keep in mind that too much of anything is never a good thing. Moderation is key. Remember: fast food is dangerous and allowing it to be a constant part of your life is very dangerous. Please try to resist the temptation of those glorious, juicy double cheeseburgers and french fries. Sure, it's nice to have one of those every once in a while, but make sure not to make it a part of your lifetyle. Are you sure you want those extra large fries? A moment on the lips, forever on the hips. (and bloodstream and arteries, whatever, etc.)