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In the busy and hectic schedule of modern times, people have no time to prepare nutritious food during
the day. They have to walk out early in the morning and spend most of the time at workplaces. Thus,
they have to depend on the instant foods that are available in restaurants and hotels. This is the prime
choice of youngsters for the delicious and tempting taste of junk food. In spite of the risks of fast food,
they appeal to everyone's appetite irrespective of the age. These processed foods are also rich in
carbohydrates and fats.



Risks Associated with Fast Food



 Sometimes, because of their easy availability and their delicious taste, people especially the teenagers,
get hooked on to it. If we consume fast food on a regular basis, then it can be hazardous to health.
Foods like noodles, wafers, pastries, pizzas etc. lack nutritious value. They are deficient in vitamins,
protein and/or minerals, but rich in sodium and other harmful additives. This leads to diseases like
diabetes, obesity, cardiac problems, clogged arteries, reduced bone strength and many other health
related problems. For someone who consumes these in excess, it may lead to acidity and liver failure
due to the high amount of fat, salts and oil in it. Too much of junk food on a regular basis can make an
individual overweight due to the extra calories hidden in those foods. It affects the concentration levels
in studies and other activities too.



Fast Food - What's the Verdict?



 It's clear that the risks definitely outnumber its positive effects. The bad side of fast food is that it has
almost "zero" nutritious value. Despite this fact, we can definitely include them in our menu and
exercise proper control over their consumption. The craving for fast food among various individuals right
from a child to an adult is so much that one cannot avoid their consumption. In every city, there are
McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and other restaurants that are ever ready with foodstuffs like burgers and pizzas
to serve different taste buds. So, we cannot avoid fast food completely in our day-to-day life considering
their taste, easy access, instant delivery and affordability, but the important thing that we can do is to
avoid excessive dependence on these foodstuffs.




dvantages of Fast Food
The most evident advantage of fast food is that it saves time. In today's fast-paced life, there is nothing
better than getting a ready meal. No matter how much the chefs praise the benefits of fresh food, at the
end of a hard-working day, when one returns home all tired and hungry, a pizza or a burger can be
godsend. Besides the time an individual has to spend in the kitchen, cooking a meal also requires one to
make a trip to the supermarket to buy the ingredients for the dish. Then there is the added effort and
time consumed in washing and peeling the vegetables. All this makes eating fast food score more
preferably over cooking a meal for a busy individual.



 Besides time, cost saving gives fast food an edge over the meal prepared in the kitchen. If one lives
alone, then it is cheaper to buy a meal at the supermarket instead of cooking it at home. Also certain
fast foods like fries and burgers come pretty cheap.



 Fast food does raise health concerns. However, if careful, you can find some options on the menu of a
fast food restaurant that could be healthier. Salads are a smart choice. Go for bread products that are
made from wheat bread. Opt for lean meat. If you could choose between the fried and boiled options,
order the boiled preparation. Avoid ordering carbonic drinks when you are thirsty. Go for fruit juices,
low-fat milk, diet soda. Is there anything better than plain water to quench your thirst? These days,
nutrition information of the food served (and ingredients used) is displayed in the menu card. You could
always resort to the 'make to order' option that certain fast food outlets offer, where you could restrict
the use of ingredients that are not healthy. As dessert does not play an important role in the fast food
meal menu, you can keep yourself away from delicious and tempting sugary dishes.



Disadvantages of Fast Food



 Usually, fast food is higher in soya, fat, sugar, oil, fried meat, salt, cheese, mayonnaise and obviously
calories. The greatest disadvantage of fast food is the adverse effect that it has on one's health. It is a
fact that fast food is more unhealthy than home-cooked meals, as it contains higher amounts of
unwanted nutrients like salt, fat and various types of additives (artificial chemicals). It may contain
harmful bacteria too. Frying destroys most of the essential nutrients from the food. Very small amounts
of vegetables and fruits are normally present in fast food. Moreover, 'serving larger portions' when most
people don't need extra portions has led to several health problems. We require a small amount of salt
to maintain the health of the cells and tissues. Fast food being rich in salt, adversely affects the heart
health and the overall health of an individual. Such type of food is an important contributor to obesity in
the American population. Obesity is on the rise, and a direct link is being cited between fast food and
obesity in children.
Given the sedentary lifestyle that we lead today, the excess fats and calories that we take in with fast
food is not used up completely. The result is that these accumulate in our body as fat deposits that
cause complications like cardiovascular diseases and other related diseases of the heart. With obesity
come other problems like high blood pressure and diseases of the joints. It is like a chain reaction set off
by fast food and carried forward by our unhealthy lifestyle. In fact, a recent study has shown that people
who live within walking distance of a fast food restaurant are at 13% higher risk of suffering from strokes
than those who live a considerable distance away.



 The greater the number of people at a meal in a fast food restaurant, the larger is the bill. Eating at fast
food outlets is economical only for a single person. Going out to a fast food eating joint with family once
in a while won't matter much. However, frequent visits to such restaurants with one's family can
become quite an expensive affair, besides being unhealthy.



 Fast food joints are also being seen as a factor that is making a number of families spend less and less
time together. Family meal time is something that is considered as an opportunity for all the members
to come together and share their experiences. However, the fast food centers are quickly eating into
this quality time. This is especially true about youngsters for whom a fast food center is a good place to
hangout with friends and peers.



 Fast food is an invention of the modern times. Ready-made food being served fast and right in front of
us is like a blessing after a hard day's work. However, like everything, it has its own pros and cons. Citing
a few points about the advantages of fast food does not mean that I am denying its drawbacks. It is a
fact that high amounts of fats and salt in fast food are raising concerns about their adverse effect on
health. However, by making some smart choices while placing the order and also resorting to an active
lifestyle, we can definitely minimize the drawbacks of fast food.

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Project

  • 1. In the busy and hectic schedule of modern times, people have no time to prepare nutritious food during the day. They have to walk out early in the morning and spend most of the time at workplaces. Thus, they have to depend on the instant foods that are available in restaurants and hotels. This is the prime choice of youngsters for the delicious and tempting taste of junk food. In spite of the risks of fast food, they appeal to everyone's appetite irrespective of the age. These processed foods are also rich in carbohydrates and fats. Risks Associated with Fast Food Sometimes, because of their easy availability and their delicious taste, people especially the teenagers, get hooked on to it. If we consume fast food on a regular basis, then it can be hazardous to health. Foods like noodles, wafers, pastries, pizzas etc. lack nutritious value. They are deficient in vitamins, protein and/or minerals, but rich in sodium and other harmful additives. This leads to diseases like diabetes, obesity, cardiac problems, clogged arteries, reduced bone strength and many other health related problems. For someone who consumes these in excess, it may lead to acidity and liver failure due to the high amount of fat, salts and oil in it. Too much of junk food on a regular basis can make an individual overweight due to the extra calories hidden in those foods. It affects the concentration levels in studies and other activities too. Fast Food - What's the Verdict? It's clear that the risks definitely outnumber its positive effects. The bad side of fast food is that it has almost "zero" nutritious value. Despite this fact, we can definitely include them in our menu and exercise proper control over their consumption. The craving for fast food among various individuals right from a child to an adult is so much that one cannot avoid their consumption. In every city, there are McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and other restaurants that are ever ready with foodstuffs like burgers and pizzas to serve different taste buds. So, we cannot avoid fast food completely in our day-to-day life considering their taste, easy access, instant delivery and affordability, but the important thing that we can do is to avoid excessive dependence on these foodstuffs. dvantages of Fast Food
  • 2. The most evident advantage of fast food is that it saves time. In today's fast-paced life, there is nothing better than getting a ready meal. No matter how much the chefs praise the benefits of fresh food, at the end of a hard-working day, when one returns home all tired and hungry, a pizza or a burger can be godsend. Besides the time an individual has to spend in the kitchen, cooking a meal also requires one to make a trip to the supermarket to buy the ingredients for the dish. Then there is the added effort and time consumed in washing and peeling the vegetables. All this makes eating fast food score more preferably over cooking a meal for a busy individual. Besides time, cost saving gives fast food an edge over the meal prepared in the kitchen. If one lives alone, then it is cheaper to buy a meal at the supermarket instead of cooking it at home. Also certain fast foods like fries and burgers come pretty cheap. Fast food does raise health concerns. However, if careful, you can find some options on the menu of a fast food restaurant that could be healthier. Salads are a smart choice. Go for bread products that are made from wheat bread. Opt for lean meat. If you could choose between the fried and boiled options, order the boiled preparation. Avoid ordering carbonic drinks when you are thirsty. Go for fruit juices, low-fat milk, diet soda. Is there anything better than plain water to quench your thirst? These days, nutrition information of the food served (and ingredients used) is displayed in the menu card. You could always resort to the 'make to order' option that certain fast food outlets offer, where you could restrict the use of ingredients that are not healthy. As dessert does not play an important role in the fast food meal menu, you can keep yourself away from delicious and tempting sugary dishes. Disadvantages of Fast Food Usually, fast food is higher in soya, fat, sugar, oil, fried meat, salt, cheese, mayonnaise and obviously calories. The greatest disadvantage of fast food is the adverse effect that it has on one's health. It is a fact that fast food is more unhealthy than home-cooked meals, as it contains higher amounts of unwanted nutrients like salt, fat and various types of additives (artificial chemicals). It may contain harmful bacteria too. Frying destroys most of the essential nutrients from the food. Very small amounts of vegetables and fruits are normally present in fast food. Moreover, 'serving larger portions' when most people don't need extra portions has led to several health problems. We require a small amount of salt to maintain the health of the cells and tissues. Fast food being rich in salt, adversely affects the heart health and the overall health of an individual. Such type of food is an important contributor to obesity in the American population. Obesity is on the rise, and a direct link is being cited between fast food and obesity in children.
  • 3. Given the sedentary lifestyle that we lead today, the excess fats and calories that we take in with fast food is not used up completely. The result is that these accumulate in our body as fat deposits that cause complications like cardiovascular diseases and other related diseases of the heart. With obesity come other problems like high blood pressure and diseases of the joints. It is like a chain reaction set off by fast food and carried forward by our unhealthy lifestyle. In fact, a recent study has shown that people who live within walking distance of a fast food restaurant are at 13% higher risk of suffering from strokes than those who live a considerable distance away. The greater the number of people at a meal in a fast food restaurant, the larger is the bill. Eating at fast food outlets is economical only for a single person. Going out to a fast food eating joint with family once in a while won't matter much. However, frequent visits to such restaurants with one's family can become quite an expensive affair, besides being unhealthy. Fast food joints are also being seen as a factor that is making a number of families spend less and less time together. Family meal time is something that is considered as an opportunity for all the members to come together and share their experiences. However, the fast food centers are quickly eating into this quality time. This is especially true about youngsters for whom a fast food center is a good place to hangout with friends and peers. Fast food is an invention of the modern times. Ready-made food being served fast and right in front of us is like a blessing after a hard day's work. However, like everything, it has its own pros and cons. Citing a few points about the advantages of fast food does not mean that I am denying its drawbacks. It is a fact that high amounts of fats and salt in fast food are raising concerns about their adverse effect on health. However, by making some smart choices while placing the order and also resorting to an active lifestyle, we can definitely minimize the drawbacks of fast food.