How Bad Is Fast Food for You?
In America, it’s common to pick-up food while on-the-go, especially with our fast-paced, busy lifestyle. And as we all know, too much fast food is bad for you, but why? Why is something that tastes so good so bad for your health? Fear not, for there are ways to get your food quickly and not add to your waistline.
Average American Fast Food Eater
According to a study done in 2016, 31% of Americans admitted to eating fast food one to three times per week. The study also showed that around 30% of Americans eat less than once a week from fast food. This means that most of the people experiencing issues commonly associated with fast food, are eating it more frequently. The average American eats an about 4.2 commercially prepared meals per week, most notably in the working force.
Yes, fast food is full of unhealthy calories; this is one of the most common reasons for no dietitian will ever recommend eating it. Your caloric intake – if too high – can cause a state of obesity. Furthermore, calories are also not the best way to get nutrients for yourself; no matter how much you eat you won’t get filled. Fats commonly found in fast food are made up of saturated fatty acids. These fats also raise blood cholesterol levels increasing chances of a cardiovascular disease. Also, the fats may negatively impact brain function and memory. Had enough? Fast food can also cause bloating and breakouts of the skin. It’s hard to feel confident in your appearance when you have pimples on your face!
Healthy Fast Food Options
Knowing all the negative impacts, you want to try to steer clear of fast food. However, nowadays people need and easy and quick means of obtaining their meals. Is there any place that you can eat that’s good for you? There are certain options available out there that are actually better than the rest in terms of fast food. One of those options happens to be Arby’s farmhouse salads. From Burger King (yes I said that), you can order a burger, which only has 230 calories in it. Chick-Fil-A’s grilled chicken sandwich only has 320 calories and can be paired with most of their sides for a healthier option, not including the fries. Chipotle offers you a full meal packed with protein and calories enough for a full meal.
Many restaurants also do online ordering and curb-side delivery. Panera, for instance, allows customers to order online or from their app; with a Panera account, you can even win rewards! So not only do you get healthy food quickly, but you also get rewarded for it!
If you ever want a quick bite, be sure to test these options out. For more healthy options, click here.
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