Fast food, food served fast and no doubt tasty. Its something we crave for since childhood. Eating it in moderation is ok but there are side effects to eating very frequently.
Sugar and fat
Sugar is added to most fast-food.
About 100 to 150 calories is limit for consumption a day is advised by the American Heart Association (AHA). The average drink from fast-food joints are around 8 teaspoons of sugar, equalling to 140 grams of sugar.
Most of the fat and sugar can be found in:
- fried pies
- pizza dough
This is a gateway to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other problems if not regulated properly.
Sodium as we know, comes in the form of salt. A lot of fast foods have high amounts of salt. A high intake of sodium is dangerous for people with high blood pressure, stresses your heart and affects your cardiovascular system.
So think twice before adding salt to your meals.
Effect on the respiratory system
As we know, eating too much fast-food will eventually make us obese. But what we’re not aware of is that obesity causes respiratory problems like shortness of breath and even asthma in some cases.
The heart and lungs have to work harder with all the extra weight, which is why you see a fat person gasping for air after some flights of stairs.
Effects on the reproductive system
Those who want to have kids better listen up. The phthalates found in some fast foods will screw up your hormone functions. This affects fertility and birth defects.
Effects on the integumentary system (skin, hair, nails)
The foods you eat may impact your skin’s appearance, but it might not be the foods you suspect.
Its known that fast-foods are a leading cause of acne. This is because they’re rich in carbs. This leads to a rise in blood sugar. This is what leads to acne and irritate those with eczema
Effects on the skeletal system (bones)
The acidic nature of some fast foods tends to break down tooth enamel, allowing bacteria to build up and cause cavities.
Bone density and muscle mass are also affected by obesity, so keep in mind how much you eat.
To prevent bone loss, one should focus to build muscle by lifting weights to take care of your bones.
31st March 2020 23:50
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