Effects of Fast Food
Fast food might look good, but is it good for you?
By Stephanie Stiavetti
What are the effects of fast food on your health? You may be vaguely aware that they aren't good for you, but if you regularly eat at fast food restaurants, it's important that you understand the consequences of what you're putting in your body.
The Effects of Fast Food on Your Body
While a quick, cheap meal might seem like a great idea when you're starving and on the run, the long-term consequences of consuming fast food can negatively affect your health. The amount of sugar, fat, sodium, and empty calories in fast foods can cause serious health problems in both adults and children.
The Fat of the Matter
It's no secret that fried foods such as those you get in fast food restaurants are high in fat. Of particular concern are trans-fats, or partially hydrogenated oils. Companies like to use trans-fats in their food because they are cheap and have a longer shelf life than traditional fats; unfortunately, trans-fats are very, very bad for you.
The Effects on Your Heart
The effects of trans-fat on the body are not good: they raise bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower good cholesterol (HDL). According to the American Heart Association, people that eat high concentrations of trans-fats increase their risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
As of now, trans-fats are considered among the worst fats you can consume. The American Heart Association recommends that you eat as little as possible - and ideally none at all. If you currently eat a lot of fast food, then it will be difficult for you to cut trans-fats out of your diet - though you can make smarter choices when selecting from a fast food menu.
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