November 15, 2013
People today are becoming addicted to fast food without even knowing the effects of this. Fast food is the kind of food that is made in places like McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s, etc… This food is, like the name suggests, very quick to prepare and within minutes it’s ready to eat. My question is: have you ever thought about all the harm that this “food” can do to your organism? I used to work and eat constantly at a fast food restaurant. I know that the food that it’s prepared in these kitchens it’s not exactly what we see on television, and because we are always trying to rush things we believe that eating it once will not affect us, but what we don’t know is how addictive and harmful these foods can be. These are foods that have a poor nutritional value. Its components, it is said, can cause health problems like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases if consumed at high frequency.
Junk foods have common characteristics that define them. Some of these characteristics are the extremely high content of salt, sugars, fats, preservatives and other additives that are known for its addictive effects. Due to the process of development and lack of hygiene fast food is the cause of most common health problems in people. The negative impact that these foods can have on metabolism can be exaggerated by deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. These components may lack in fast foods, because of their higher amounts of harmful nutrients.
Junk food not only brings nutrition and digestive problems but can also cause terrible diseases in the long run. “In the United States, food-borne diseases have been estimated to cause 6 million to 81 million illnesses and up to 9,000 deaths each year” (Mead). Among the most serious consequences of junk food when we eat it frequently, without balancing it with...