It’s no mystery that fast food is bad for you. Luckily, the health effects of fast food have been public knowledge for several years. What may not be as well known, however, is the actual breakdown of exactly what fast food contains and the real dangers it presents to human health.
The typical fast food meal that you would pick up from your local McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, or any corner fast food joint would usually be a cheeseburger, french fries and a soda. So let’s break it down and look at exactly what you’re putting into your body when you consume each product.
Let’s start with the soda, which many perceive as the most harmless of the three choices. Wrong! Soda is made up of nothing more than harmful chemicals, sugars and other modified substances. Soda obtains 100% of its calories from a genetically modified corn derivative known as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). While the dangers of HFCS are becoming more well-known, what most people don’t realize is that this substance alone can put even the healthiest people into an immediate pre-diabetic state!
Because HFCS is modified from its original version, the body does not recognize it as a sugar, therefore the pancreas never receives the signal to release insulin to properly metabolize it. The problem is, HFCS significantly spikes blood glucose levels but your digestive system never gets the opportunity to break it down into a usable form. Make no mistake about it, when the body doesn’t release insulin effectively, we call this diabetes!
…You get the idea. Soda offers NO redeeming health qualities!
Now onto the cheeseburger… The burger contains beef that likely comes from a factory farm feedlot where the cattle are fed nothing but grains, and specifically, corn. On these larger farms, the cattle are typically injected with growth hormones to increase their growth and milk production as well. Between the all-grain diet and the hormone injections, the product of both the beef and the cheese on your cheeseburger is ultimately an unhealthy, transformed corn product.
The bun on your burger is no better. It also contains HFCS, and the remainder of the calories in the bun come from refined flour and traces of soybean oil. With almost all of the calories coming from modified corn, soy and wheat derivatives, you can be sure that it’s wreaking havoc on your blood sugar levels and your metabolism.
Now let’s look at the fries. To put it simply, it should be a crime to even refer to them as potatoes! Most of their calories come from the oil that is soaked into them. While not all oils are evil, most of the oils used to make fries at your local fast food joint are hydrogenated. The process of hydrogenation makes the oils become solid at room temperature, and they keep this same form as they enter your blood stream and pad your major organs. A lovely picture, isn’t it! What’s more, once potatoes are deep fried in oil, they can create acrylamides which are known to cause various forms of cancer.
…So now you can see how the majority of the calories in a typical fast food meal come primarily from corn, soy, and wheat derivatives which are NOT healthy choices for weight loss, metabolism, heart health, or overall well-being.
The real tragedy of fast food is that not only does it provide a dangerously high amount of calories, but its calories are virtually useless to human health and function. The high quantity of calories paired with the low quality of the energy it provides equals a potentially dangerous outcome for your overall health!
To get an even more in-depth look at what fast food can do to the human body, check out the movie Supersize Me, it’s a real eye-opener!
Make it a point to get your food from local farmers markets and health food stores. Replacing your conventional meat,poultry, and produce supply with organic, grass-fed meats and organic fruits and vegetables will make ALL the difference in the world.
Please share any local resources that you know of here in the DC Metro area of good, quality farmers markets or health food stores so that all of our readers can benefit! Thanks!
Here’s to your health and well-being!