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Why is fast food unhealthy?Why is fast food unhealthy?
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The two biggest reasons why fast food is unhealthy are fat and salt. Most types of fast foods have too much of both of these things.
Fat is bad for you for at least two reasons. First, fat is high in calories. Eating a lot of calories tends to make you overweight. This leads to issues like diabetes and heart diseases. Second, fat tends to cause things like high cholesterol counts that also contribute to heart disease.
Salt is bad for you because excessive salt leads to high blood pressure. This, too, can cause heart disease as well as other health problems.
Posted by pohnpei397 on October 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM (Answer #2)
As pointed out in the earlier answer, high fat and salt content is the primary reason for fast food being unhealthy. But there are other important contributing factors also. There are many types of food other than fast food that contain comparable amounts of fat and salt, but which do not cause health problems in the society.
These contributing factors have to do with the business strategy and practices followed by the fast food businesses that make large number of people to eat such fast food very often and in large quantity. It is a combination of basic high content of some types of ingredients, and high consumption of fast food by people that creates the health problems associated with fast food. The excessive consumption of fast food is due to the several factors like design of the recipe that concentrates on making the food tasty without much consideration of impact on health, very wide and easy availability, low prices and heavy advertising and other marketing efforts of fast food businesses.
Posted by krishna-agrawala on October 3, 2010 at 2:14 PM (Answer #3)
Fast food is a term applied to highly processed food with little nutritional value. It is usually microwaved or deep fried. Fried food can have negative effects on heart health. Many fast foods contain preservatives and high levels of salt. The criticisms against the fast food industry are many. "Super-sized"portions are extremely high in Calories and fat, salt, sugar and preservatives. Trans fats which are very unhealthy are sometimes used in the preparation of fast foods. There is little emphasis on fresh fruit or vegetables, and due to the fact that most fast-foods are fried, a great deal of the nutritional value from the vitamins is lost due to the frying process. Fast food has been attributed to obesity in young people and because it is readily accessible and relatively inexpensive, it is an easy choice for fast-paced people on the go.
Posted by trophyhunter1 on October 3, 2010 at 3:47 PM (Answer #4)
High School Teacher
An additional aspect of fast food which makes it unhealthy is the context in which it's generally consumed. Instead of sitting down to a meal, taking the time to digest the food, and enjoying the social aspects of eating together, a person eating fast food is often in a hurry, eats too quickly, and does not take the break which would probably benefit his or her body. It's the fast-food lifestyle which is just as dangerous, it seems to me, as the fatty, greasy food itself.
Posted by auntlori on October 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM (Answer #5)
Also don't let the fast food restaurants fool you into thinking that their healthy choices are that much healthier for you. Most of the healthy choices are still not a real healthy choice.
Posted by lrwilliams on October 25, 2010 at 7:08 PM (Answer #6)
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Posted by litteacher8 on February 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM (Answer #7)
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