Fast Food Problems

Due to the convenience and cheap price, fast food have been the first choices for many people especially the youngsters. While there are some kinds of healthy food varieties to choose from, it is also true that there are some ingredients containing in these food can affect our health if they are consumed frequently.

Trans Fats
People used to treat trans fat as ideal substitutes for butter or other type of oils. However it is known by nutritionists that they have a higher risk than saturated fats. Many people are suffering from heart diseases each year because of excessive consumption of trans fats. When consuming the fast food, we should pay more attention to the trans fat hidden in them. If you saw some key words like “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” in the ingredient list, you’d better choose another product. Getting rid off trans fats from the diet can reduce the possibility of heart attack by more than 50%.

Fructose Corn Syrup
As an alternative to expensive traditional sweetener, most junk food often uses a large amount of fructose corn syrup to reduce costs. It’s cheaper alternative to replace natural sugar. However, it will result in some serious health problems and increase the risk of heart diseases and diabetes.

Monosodium Glutamate
Known as MSG, monosodium glutamate will cause a variety of diseases including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on. MSG will cause human body to produce more insulin and the extra insulin will reduce the blood sugar and make people feel hungry very quickly. This will undoubtedly increase the risk of excessive eating and obesity.

Although casein can be naturally included in dairy products, the condensed form of such substances are widely used in modern fast food industry. It will appear in French fries, hamburgers, milkshakes and yogurts. It will make us feel good while eating snacks containing casein, and thus make people be addicted to fast food.

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