Fast Food Really is Fast…In Destroying Your Body

Many people tell me that they eat a so-called ‘healthy’ diet most of the time, but when there’s no time to prepare, they have no problem pulling up to that drive-thru window and ordering burgers, fries and chicken nuggets. Many of us think that if we eat this way infrequently, we won’t suffer the consequences. I’m here to say that is not the case.

Even if we are only eating fast a few times a year or feeding it to our kids a few times a month, the effects are substantial. Not only do we feel overly full, sluggish and foggy, but we are also consuming close to the amount of macronutrients (fat, sodium, carbohydrates) in one meal that we should be eating in one day.

A Sausage, Egg and Cheese from McDonald’s is loaded with 1,230 mg of sodium, Pizza Hut’s Meaty Pizza holds a whopping 1,100 calories and Taco Bell’s Volcano Nachos packs 58 grams of fat. I don’t care who you are – no one’s body can withstand this type of high caloric, poor-quality food.

In addition to the many health problems you can develop later in life from eating fast-food, a new study, published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, indicates that damage to the arteries occurs almost immediately after just one — that’s right, one — junk food-type meal.

The study compared the effects of a junk food meal and a Mediterranean based meal on the inner lining of the blood vessels. They tested this impact on 28 healthy, non-smoking men between 18 and 50 years old. The men were fed a Mediterranean-based meal — with eight grams of saturated fat and two grams of omega-3 fatty acids — which consisted of salmon, almonds and vegetables baked in olive oil. One week later, the subjects consumed 15 grams of saturated fat and zero grams of omega-3s from a fast food sausage, egg and cheese muffin sandwich and three hash browns.

The researchers collected their data by measuring the men’s endothelial function — the ability of the blood vessels to dilate — after a 12-hour fast and again two and four hours after finishing each meal.

Almost immediately after eating one fast food sausage, egg and cheese sandwich, the men’s arteries dilated 24 percent less than when the subjects were in a fasted state. Poor endothelial function is a significant precursor of atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries that can block blood flow.

If this is what happens to your body after eating only one fast-food meal, what do you think happens when you eat many? I’ll tell you what happens…. Heart disease, cancer, depression, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, organ failure, premature death.

 

There is no reason to eat fast food! If you’re in a hurry:

* Buy prepared food (Whole Foods, select supermarkets)

* Buy a prepared salad at salad chain/store (Whole Foods, Chop’t, Chipotle)

* Heat up frozen veggie burgers for you and the kids (brands: Dr. Praeger’s, Hilary’s          Veggie Burgers)

* Heat up all-natural chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries for the kids (brands:    Applegate Farms and Alexia Foods Sweet Potato Fries)

* Heat Amy’s Organic Frozen Gluten-Free Veggie Pizza

* PB&J’s and cream cheese & jelly sandwiches go a long way

* Breakfast for dinner – make some eggs/omelet for dinner

* Stop for sushi

* Open cans of tuna fish and eat with salad

* Make a smoothie and take with you on the go

* Mix Greek yogurt, fruit, nuts in container to take on the go

Robin DeCicco

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