Convenient and easy to access, fast food has made it’s way into the homes of almost every American. It’s a simple and cheap solution after a long day when you don’t want to cook or perfect for on-the-go lunches when stuck between meetings. But the health risks, extra calories, and saturated fats in fast food make it one of the most unhealthy diet choices, even if you aren’t looking to lose weight.
Fast food is extremely high in fat; studies have shown that there is direct relationship between the amount of fast food consumed and an increase in your Body Mass Index. Your Body Mass Index is what measures if you are overweight or not, BMI’s over 30 are considered to be obese. Check out our infographic about burgers to know more : A World of Burger
By eating fast food, you are increasing your risk for extra weight gain, diabetes, and all of the risks that come from obesity (cardiovascular risk, cancer, and death). The extra calories and fats from fast food aren’t worth it, especially since the risks are just so extreme.
Here is some quick fast food information to remember the next time you’re tempted by the drive-thru.
- McDonalds hash browns “weight for weight” contain more fat and calories than a cheeseburger or Big Mac.
- There are more calories in a large portion of McDonald’s French Fries than in 9 Chicken McNuggets
- A double sausage & egg McMuffin contains more calories and fat than any other single breakfast item on the McDonald’s Breakfast menu
- A BigMac, large fries, and large Coca-Cola contains 1,430 calories (it’s recommended that you eat at least 2,000 calories a day, this is more than half of what’s recommended).
- From the movie Super Size Me it was discovered that you’d have to walk seven hours straight to burn off a super-sized coke, fries, and Big Mac
- When eating Chinese take out, remember that boiled rice is much lower in calories then fried rice
- Duck and Pork dishes are very often the highest fat foods of all Chinese meat dishes
- Meat items fried in batter contain excessive calories from the protein (meat), carbs (batter) & fat (frying)
- Stir-fry dishes are the best choice for lower calories
- Indian foods are often cooked in Ghee – basically pure fat and high in cholesterol!
- When choosing Italian takeout, remember that creamy pasta sauces are often higher in fat
- Arby’s curly fries contain 631 calories and 37 grams of fat
Even though choosing fast food might save you time, it’s a much better choice if you pass the drive-thru and prepare a meal at home. Try to save time cooking by keeping frozen stews, soups, and sauces in your freezer and preplan meals so you know what to make each night. Keep leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch and a few snacks with you during the day to help keep you full. Skip the fries and burger and enjoy healthier options and healthier you.