Fast food is the term given to food that can be prepared and served very quickly. While any meal with low preparation time can be considered to be fast food, typically the term refers to food sold in a restaurant or store with preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out/take-away. The term "fast food" was recognized in a dictionary by Merriam–Webster in 1951. Americans treat food as a source of immediate gratification. We want it tasty, we want it cheap and we want it now. To meet this demand, American manufacturers pump their food full of sugar, salt, hydrogenated oils, saturated fats, preservatives, dyes, artificial flavors, and a host of bizarre, unpronounceable chemicals that, if you saw them in their pre-processed state, you would never consider putting in your mouth. Our food is almost unrecognizable as food. Additives and preservatives often replace all the nutrients and fiber that is removed from the original food source. Calories that have no nutritional value - such as those found in sugary soda and many fried foods - are called “empty calories.” The portions served by fast food chains and other restaurants are far larger than the recommended portion size for most foods. Food costs for restaurants are relatively low, compared to the costs of rent and labor, so it makes sense for them to offer larger portions that make their customers feel like they are getting a bang for the buck. As American eat out more and more frequently, they become accustomed to those oversized portion, and think that such portions are normal. The high caloric content of these large servings leads to weight gain for regular fast food customers, and obesity can lead to many dangerous health problems. Americans are getting fatter and fatter every year. It is estimated that as many as one in five Americans is obese, a condition defined as being more than 30 percent above the ideal weight based on height or have a BMI of 30 or higher . Even more alarming is that fact that obesity rates for children have doubled over the past 20 years, and overweight children are being diagnosed with obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, sleep apnea and respiratory illnesses that in the past have only afflicted adults.
Here are the top 10 worst fast food for your health: 1. Triple Baconator at Wendy’s Calories: 1330 Saturated fat: 38 gr Sodium: 3,150 mgr Sugar: 11 gr 2. Supersonic cheeseburger at Sonic Calories: 980 Saturated fats: 24 gr Sodium: 1,430 mgr Sugar: 13 gr 3. BK Quad Stacker Calories: 930 Saturated fats: 28 gr Sodium: 1,430 mgr 4. Bread bowl pasta form Domino Calories: 670 Saturated fats: 22 Sodium: 1780 5. Large beef’n cheddar from Ardy’s Calories: 650 Saturated fats: 11 Sodium: 2200 Sugar: 10 6. Breast-leg biscuit from Popeye’s Calories: 640 Saturated fats: 15.5 Sodium: 1940 Sugar: 2 7. Chipotle steak salad from Taco Bell Calories: 900 Saturated fats: 11 Sodium: 1700 Sugar: 7 8. Stack of 4 cheeseburger from White Castle Calories: 680 Saturated fats: 16 Sodium: 1320 Sugar: 8 9. Jumbo Jack and cheese from Jack in the box Calories: 620 Saturated fats: 15 Sodium: 1250 Sugar: 10 10. Whopper from BK Calories: 670 Saturated fats: 11 Sodium: 1020 Sugar: 11
Be honest… how many of those have you/ are you enjoying??