When it comes to fast food, most people eat some during the week. But for many fast it is the only source of nutrition they get. Now, we can’t really call it nutrition since there are so many health risks involved with eating fast food.
If it comes in a box, can, bag or carton, it’s processed food and that is also fast food. Fast food does not have to be from a Fast Food Restaurant. The average kitchen is loaded with Fast Food! These foods are readily available, and,usually, of poor quality.
Processed foods and Fast Food have been implicated in a great number of chronic diseases and health conditions that are currently plaguing the world. Below is a list of some of the dangers or eating processed and fast food.
Additives such as MSG have been known to cause:
- Burning sensation
- Facial pressure or tightness
- Chest pain
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing for asthmatics
Unfortunately processed foods outweigh fresh foods at most grocery stores.
Butter Flavoring Can Cause Lung Disease: Diacetyl, is a Chemical Additive that you should be on the look out for. This chemical is the flavoring that gives microwave popcorn its buttery taste.
Diacetyl is also listed as causing the following conditions:
- Eye, mucous membrane irritation
- respiratory system irritation
- skin irritation
- Persistent cough
- Phlegm production
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Unusual fatigue
- Episodes of mild fever or generalized aches
- Severe skin rashes
This chemical is also used in:
- Microwave popcorn and other snack foods
- Some fast foods
- Baked goods
- Processed cheese
- Salad dressings
- Non- and low-fat dairy products
- Sour cream
- Cottage cheese
Consumers need to read the ingredients in the ingredients list on all packages. This is different to the Nutrition Facts Label.
For you health it is very important for you to switch from canned,packaged,jarred, foods and go for fresh or frozen foods.
Take the time to cook the food. If it means having one day a week where you make several meals and then freeze them , then do so if you care about your health.
Do you eat Fast Food or Processed Food?
If so why? How often. Are you willing to make the switch to whole foods?