Here in the technology and information age, we have more knowledge and advancements than ever before in history. Sixty years ago, who would have ever thought that you could send an instant message over a phone, let alone take a picture with it? Sixty years ago, who would have thought we would be capable of sending a man to the moon, but fail the war on obesity and cancer?
Isnâ€™t it oddly shocking that America is so well-advanced in everything except health and fitness? While the fitness industry tells us to count calories and exercise for fat loss, we grow fatter and fatter as a nation.
Running parallel to the fitness industry is the fast food chains, doing their best to keep on the top of â€œhealthy eatingâ€ trend. It seems the fast-food industry can tailor to anyoneâ€™s dieting needs with â€œfat-free,â€ â€œlow-calorie,â€ and â€œlow-carbâ€ menu items.
Today, fast food is considered a normal eating venture among the average person. People arenâ€™t just eating out on special occasions or weekends anymore; they are eating out all the time. But is it the calories in fast food thatâ€™s so destructive to the body and waistline or does the problem lie deeper?
Fast Food and Obesity
Fast food is simply tasty, ready-cooked meals packed to go. Fast food has been around since the early 1900â€™s, but its popularity sparked and grew in the 1940â€™s with the birth of good oleâ€™ Mickey Dâ€™s; quick food priced cheaply. Within a few years similar fast-food operations popped up everywhere in the blink of an eye.
With the compelling rise in fast-food restaurants since the 1940â€™s, oddly, too, started the rise in obesity and cancer during that same time period. It doesnâ€™t take a rocket scientist to do the math and link fast food to the obesity and cancer crisis.
Fast Food and its Nutritional Value
To say fast food has a â€œnutritional valueâ€ is an oxymoron. There is absolutely nothing nutritional about fast food. Fast food simply feeds hunger and/or your immediate craving. Fast food does not feed your body in the form of usable lasting energy or building materials, the essence your body thrives on for life itself.
Fast food is highly processed with a wide array of additives. The concept of fast food is obviously, food ready-to-eat and served quickly. To ensure fast foodâ€™s low cost to the consumer, the fast food products are made with highly-processed ingredients to give it shelf-life, to hold consistency, and to enhance flavor. Fast food is altered from its original healthy form it was meant to nourish the body with, to a denatured form that lacks any nutritional value whatsoever.