Why are fast foods considered bad for your health?

@tarachand (3895)
India
February 19, 2007 4:31am CST
And if we know that they are bad, why do we consume them?
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• United States
19 Feb 07
most fast food is very dense in calories - you only need a small amount to bump up your calorific intake. They found that these "energy dense" foods can fool people into consuming more calories than the body needs. Our bodies were never designed to cope with the very energy dense foods A typical fast food meal has a very high energy density. It is more than one and a half times higher than an average traditional British meal and two and a half times higher than a traditional African meal. Researchers concluded that a diet high in fast foods will increase a person's risk of weight gain and obesity - even though they may feel that they are eating no more than they would if they ate an average meal. Bottom line is that fast food is laced with fat! Fat tastes good and we as a whole become addicted to the flavor and convenience of drive thru.
• United States
23 Feb 07
Thank you tarachand for the best response. Enjoy your fast food, but be careful of how much you consume.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
1 Mar 07
Doc's orders, fast food is a no no for me nw, triglycerides have shot up so onto bland food it is for me!
• United States
21 Feb 07
Fast foods are basically fried. Frying is bad for us when we use certain kind of oil. The fast food industry is finally getting on the band wagon of people eating healthy. They have salads now and yogurt, There is a fruit salad that McDonalds has. I never used to eat at fast foods at all. Now that they are including salads and yogurt I do eat at them once in a while. I mostly eat at home. That way I know what I am getting in my food.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
22 Mar 07
and they used bad oils as well
@charlazio (215)
• Italy
19 Feb 07
mostly because they contain tons of fat and empty calories. we continue to consume them because stopping at the drive in is easier than making wholesome foods for ourselves.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
That is a good point you brought up charlazio. It is easier to go to a drive through and pick up your food and then serve it. I think that is where there are a lot of people gaining weight also.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I think alot of people eat fast food because it tastes so good. It is alot easier to go out and get something to eat than it is to cook it yourself. I don't think fast food is bad for our health unless you just gorge yourself with. I think cooking food at home can be just as bad if you use alot of fat ingredients. I like the variety fast food places offer also that provides a healthy choice too.
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@Rahleah (187)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Convenience. We are so lazy and so busy and so far removed from the days when a traditional mom had all day at home to just plan and prepare and cook and serve and clean up.
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Fast foods are usually high in unhealthy processed ingredients like enriched white flour, corn syrup, and hydrogenated fats. They're also generally high in sodium and saturated fat. People know it's not healthy but it's quick and they like the taste. On very rare occasions that I go to a fast food restaurant, I buy salad and baked potatoes (with no toppings) and veggie burgers.
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19 Feb 07
Some people eat fast foods because they are too lazy to cook for themselves. They don't tend to think about all the fat that they are consuming. Too much of this food is not only fattening but bad for your heart. Why do people consume them? Simple, they taste good.
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@SignMe (1031)
• India
19 Feb 07
A fast-food restaurant characterized both by food ready to eat quickly after ordering, and by minimal service. One trait shared by all fast food establishments is that the customer pays for the food prior to consuming it. Often this food is referred to as fast food. In response to increasing criticism, the industry has been trying to move the public away from that term over the past ten to fifteen years, shifting to the term quick service restaurant (QSR for short). The food in these restaurants is often cooked in bulk and in advance and kept warm, or reheated to order. Many fast-food restaurants are part of restaurant chains or franchise operations, and standardized foodstuffs are shipped to each restaurant from central locations. There are also simpler fast-food outlets, such as stands or kiosks, which may or may not provide shelter or chairs for customers. This could explain why they are considered bad.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
19 Feb 07
I eating would be pretty boring if we only ate what was good for us, I love fast food and I think if I enjoy it well I will have it no second thoughts....
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I would say because they have the worst attributes in them for diet