Life today has become fast and lifestyle changes have made people
addicted to food and eatables that can be readily made. Fast food is the
name coined for such food items which are either pre-cooked or can be
cooked in lesser time than regular food.
find it convenient to eat such food items which please the taste buds
more than regular food. They contain more salts, sugar and no or very
less dietary fiber but have spices that make it more palatable. Fast
food items have no nutritional value and are extremely unhealthy. But
still fast food items are popular as people find it hassle free to
prepare and consume.
Fast foods have several side
effects. The most immediate affect is on the energy levels that reach
its peak on eating of junk food. The temptation to have more as one eats
a quick snack is a result of this spike in energy levels. The energy
levels sometimes remain high and cause sleep disorders. Drowsiness sets
in and the ability to concentrate reduces after the consumption of fast
food. This is because it has excess of oil and calories and is not easy
Thus the blood from the brain and other body parts is concentrated in
the heart to digest the fast food. Reduction of oxygen supply to the
brain reduces concentration level.
Other side effects are not
immediate but definitely harmful to the health and body of the person
consuming fast food regularly. Obesity is one prime disadvantage of
consuming fast food. Fast food contains excess of oil or saturated fat
and is also high in sugar content. As a result, the fat deposits in body
begin to accumulate resulting in weight gain and obesity.
foods like noodles, pizza, white bread, diet soda etc. fall into the
category of fast food. People who intake fast food as a part of their
diet or in form of snacks can be found to face depression. Fast foods
are filled with harmful carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol that cause
more cholesterol to be absorbed in the body and can also lead to heart
ailments and heart attacks.
Teenagers consume fast food more
fanatically including snacks like chips, fries, pizzas, samosas,
burgers, ice-cream, shakes and a lot more variety of fast foods. Since
fast foods lack fiber, they are likely to cause constipation and related
problems if consumed on regular basis. Pancreas can also be damaged
from the excessive consumption of fast food.
Fatigue is more
common in people who consume fast food in large quantities and on
regular basis. More plaque in arteries exerts pressure on the heart to
pump blood resulting in fatigue. Because of the various health disorders
known from the consumption of large quantities of fast food, it is
advised to substitute it with some healthier options like fruits and
A lot of damage to the health and the body can be prevented by choosing nutritious food instead of opting for fast food.