Fast food is a fad- one that has been there for long. But like every good thing gone sour, fast food too cuts down on the conveniences after some time of indulgence. With its assorted range of lip smacking junk, fast foods appeal to all but adhere to none. Fast food therefore seems like an enigma to good to be true at all times. We list only some of the many disadvantages of fast food the foodie in you must know before taking that bite-
Fast food drives you slow
Fast food no doubt is a lifestyle trend now but even then the connotation of ‘fast’ stays the same. Because these are basically convenient meals that you can grab and bite into even on the run, you just glob them down and not really eat them up. Which means you are just satisfying the taste buds and the hunger, but not getting any nutrients out of it, if there are any. Eating food at such rapid rate is not recommended, as it has adverse effects on digestion and hampers metabolism. It naturally renders you more the full- like feeling and makes you lethargic thereby slowing you down.
Fast food ups your calorie count
But it isn’t just the rate of consumption that wreaks havoc on your body’s assimilative capacity. One of the primary disadvantages of fast foods is that they are loaded with carbohydrates and come essentially without fiber. So you consume the calories but don’t burn them. Because sans any fiber, you cannot expect the body to break those carbs down to digest them.
You are left craving for more
Either it’s the addictive taste of fast food that lingers long after or the empty calories that intensifies cravings, you simply cannot have enough of those junks. Often time you end up eating more frequently than you need to. It does not need further assertion therefore that eating fast food leads you to eat more and put on more weight as well.
It’s easier to binge on fast food than on healthy alternatives. Binging is bad by itself and when you are stacking yourself with such foods that do not really do you any good, you are only intensifying the exertion you torture your body with.
By invading your lifestyle, fast food craves your life
The reason why fast food appeals so much to the taste buds is that they are high on salt and sugar, that easily triggers the taste receptacles and leaves you craving for your daily dose of junk. The consumption of salt and sugar should always be done as per recommendation as they don’t do much for your body apart from enhancing the taste of the food. With fast food however, you end up loading yourself with unbelievably high amounts of both.
Fast food manifests as an addictive disorder
Fast food is called an addiction not for no reason whatsoever. Once you are at the stage when you constantly swear by fast food, you simply cannot live without it. You might even be experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you try to drive off the cravings. Also because virtually living on junk food leads your body to be deficient in nutrients, you also lack the mechanism to cope with stress. Specifically lacking in the amino acid tryptophan will make you further unable to ward off those cravings due to a lower sensory-specific satiety, manifesting even as something as seriously real as depression.
Sugar, spice and not everything nice
While the many disadvantages of fast food stemming from its high sugar content is known to all, salt somehow manages to evade the necessary speculation. Excessive sodium intake is aversive not only to blood pressure but can also cause water retention leading to such conditions as bloating or edema.
Blood sugar levels are fiddled with by too much junk
Naturally with such high amounts of sugars and other carbohydrates, fast foods cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels of the body. The carbs get released into the blood stream as glucose, in excessively insane amounts that simply cannot be countered by the insulin produced by the body. The glucose, instead of getting stored for future use, remains in the blood stream because you continue to inject more and more of it in your body. Over time, as the glucose levels continue to spike up and the insulin production gets weakened, leaving you at risk of developing hyperglycemia or diabetes and other related complications.
Fast food makes you prone to chronic diseases
Junk foods are so much tastier than home cooked meals because they are deep fried and not baked or boiled. The excessive oil in junk food makes it all the more junk because it loads up each bite with saturated fats or trans fats and cholesterol. Even baked goodies like pizzas and pastries also stock up on the high fat content. Heart diseases and strokes are the commonest complications that stem as being disadvantages of fast food. Also because the same oil is reused multiple times and reheated at high temperatures, you are prone to developing other serious health risks.
Fast food also delivers all the adverse effects of processed food
Fast foods can also be really deceptive. Even the seemingly healthiest option in the menu bodes not so well when it comes to proper eating. Healthy junk food is a very blatant oxymoron and if you are someone who has been yielding to this console of having a regular ‘balanced’ fast food diet, we need to burst your bubble. Because calorie intake with even the healthiest of fast foods is more than what you are recommended to consume as an average healthy person. And given that even healthy fast food is processed food, we need not really tell you more.
Fast food can make you a lot more obese and unhealthy
The weight gain associated with higher fast food consumption also speaks disaster for your overall health. Obesity is one of the highest factors of mortality for people who swears by food on the go. And being obese brings along with it other lifestyle complications like respiratory problems as well as kidney disorders and a host of other illnesses as well.
Junk food also hoists a host of health disorders
Because junk foods include ingredients that are very often chemically modified or even altered, they can spell doom upon you. Phthalates are chemicals found abundantly in processed foods, that interfere with the hormonal mechanism of the body. Not only does this cause extreme fluctuations in moods but also can lead to nervous and reproductive disorders.
Nutrient- deficient fast food weakens you down
The disadvantages of fast food are more pronounced and severe that you would expect them to be. Copious amounts of refined carbs in junk food leads to low bone density both by loading you with excess fats and also by draining you of essential nutrients. This in turn leads bones to become brittle that therefore hampers skeletal health. It leads to your tooth enamel breaking down while your nails and hair become brittle, your skin becomes dry and wrinkly. And a diet that is deficient in any vital minerals and vitamins sure also weakens the immune mechanism.
Junk food piles up your plate, but holes down your pocket
Fast foods also cost you more. Because it is more of a service, the fast food industry counts on profits even when it tends to price its products reasonably. However, the many health costs of consuming fast food regularly far offsets this convenient pricing. And when you eat out on a regular basis, you already incur a lot more cost than what you would do by treating yourself to a home cooked meal. Fast food sure saves some of your time but at a significantly higher cost.