Negative Impacts of Fast Food Consumption
One of the basic requirements for long healthy life is eating healthy. However lifestyle changes in the modern world have pushed us to such a combination of food intake, which leaves various unfavorable side effects in our body. In this present globalized environment fast food doesn’t have to be presented in a formal manner like full blown full course meals. Its affordability, accessibility as well as taste force us to enjoy it more and more. From young people to aged people everybody enjoys its every bite. In this busy lifestyle what people really forget is its unhealthiness. We simple ignore the fact that fast food has already been labeled as health hazardous. However the tempting appearance really provokes us to get a bite of it.
The ultimate result of regular consumption of these fast foods is really horrible. Some of it effects are depression, cardiac disorders, high cholesterol level, nutritional deficiencies, obesity etc.
Some of the health effects are as follows:
Cholesterol Level Increases:
Fast foods are a major source of bad cholesterol because of the way they are prepared and the ingredients used in them. If they are consumed in a regular basis, the overall amount of cholesterol consumed increases significantly. The arteries become thick and are often clogged because the molecules of cholesterol get deposited in them. As a result, the flow of blood in the body gets impacted. This situation will ultimately lead to an increase in the blood pressure level. Once one of the main arteries in the human body gets completely blocked, heart attack is the ultimate result. In some cases, a complete heart failure can occur, leading to untimely death.
High Amounts of Sodium Consumed:
In order to build up taste, fast foods are often prepared with ingredients which have very high sodium content. We all know that some basic amount of sodium will essential for the normal functioning of the body. However there are some serious side effects of excessive amounts of sodium. High amounts of sodium in the body are often the main cause behind high blood pressure and hypertension. In some cases excess quantities of sodium often cause accumulation of fluids in the body especially for persons who are suffering from ailments like cirrhosis of liver, problems in kidney or heart troubles. So we should have this in mind as well when we consume fast food.
Fast foods often use processed meat as one of the main ingredients. These processed meats are the biggest source of nitrates, artificial sweeteners, nitrites and mono sodium glutamate. Some other components are also added to preserve the meat for longer periods of time and stop the growth of some bacteria that can cause food poisoning. All these ingredients often lead to an increase in blood flow which in turn leads to migraine problems. When the flow of blood increases, a huge amount of pressure builds up in the head. Then the person feels like having a huge headache or as if he / she had just woken up with a hangover.
Collection of Trans Fat:
Trans fat is one of the major contents of the processed food used in the fast food industry. According to some studies sometimes processed food can contain 45% more trans-fat than what is found in naturally available foods of the same type. Bad cholesterol as we know it (Lipoprotein of low density) increases when we consume fast foods in huge quantities. They also play an important role in reducing the amount of good cholesterol in the human body.
Problems in Bed, Decrease in Sexual Appetite:
Our physical, mental, sexual health depends on what we eat. One of the major factors of sexual problems / dysfunction, fatty acids, is often found in appreciable quantities in fast foods. Fast foods lead to gaining of weight. It has been found the weight gain often triggers changes within the human body which impacts sperm count, libido, female ovulation in a negative way.
It Can Cause Depression Also:
It is surprising but true. Mental ailments like Depression can be caused by excessive consumption of fast food. According to a study conducted by the University College of London, people who consume fast food of a regular basis are a greater chance (58%) of developing mental ailments like depression. In order to have a good mental health, the body needs antioxidants, omega 3s and foliates. These ingredients are absent in fast foods. Instead they contain stuff like flavor enhancers, emulsifiers, thickeners which in no way helps in the well-being of the mind.
It Causes Food Poisoning:
Escherichia Coli and Salmonella are one of the major factors which cause food poisoning. Processed meat used in fast food often contains both of them. It is very difficult to treat E Coli and they are often responsible for causing the worst form of food poisoning. E Coli also releases some very harmful toxins which cannot be prevented by the antibiotics used for treating E Coli. Undercooked hamburgers often spread this disease. American kids are sometimes found to suffer from renal failure because of this.
PFCA Contamination From Fast Food Wrappers:
Perfluoroalkyls (PAC) is used in the wrappers used for serving fast foods. The main purpose of this is to prevent grease from leaving the food and causing the food to become dry. However in some cases it has been found that this gets inside the human body and then transforms into more harmful forms which causes significant health issues.
Increase in Weight:
According to studies it has been found that consumption of fast food have a direct impact on the Body Mass Index(BMI). Because of the presence of high quantities of trans fat and calories, excessive consumption of fast food causes an increase in accumulation of fat on the body (specially abdominal fat) and also causes a resistance to insulin which later on will lead to diabetes. United States of America has an alarming amount of cases of obesity caused by unhindered consumption of fast food. Obesity will finally lead to dangerous diseases like Type 2 diabetes, arterial blockage, and increased cholesterol levels etc.
Fast Food Addictions:
According to most science magazines, consumption of fast food suddenly increases the blood sugar level. This is because of the excessive amount of fat and sugar in them. After a little while the level falls. As a result the person consuming fast food experiences a sudden high followed a low. This causes persons to crave for them to experience that high again.