Fast Food Pros and Cons

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Lawyers who successfully challenged cigarette manufacturers have joined with nutritionists to explore whether the producers of all those supersize fries and triple cheeseburgers can be held liable for America's bulging waistlines

"Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World," reveals how the fast food industry discovered that Americans are so ashamed of appearing gluttonous that they won't order two orders of fries. In response, the industry created "supersized" portions and along with it, a nation of supersized people.

High fat fast food meals take a toll
High fat diets, typical of fast food meals, contribute to a variety of negative and costly health outcomes, including obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease and some cancers. With the increase in consumption of high fat and calorie foods, there's usually a decreased intake of foods rich in nutrients such as fruits and vegetables. This doesn't mean that all fast food is bad, and it would be unrealistic to recommend totally eliminating it altogether. If you choose to eat fast foods, try to limit it to once every few weeks. Most fast food establishments have nutrition guides available. Use this information, because if you know what you are ordering, you can occasionally fit fast food into a well-balanced diet.

It's not just about what you exclude from your diet that's harmful, but also what you include that's beneficial. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and soy products are rich in substances that, in my opinion, can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease as well as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer

Last year, America seemed to wake up from its fat-induced stupor. 2004...
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