History of Fast-Food
Benefits of Fast-Food
Fast-Food Health Risks
How to eat healthy on Fast-Food
The concept of fast food is
generally associated with urban
development. However, research
reveals that the trend has its
roots in the bread-and-wine
stands in ancient Rome and the
popular ready-to-eat noodle
shops in many East Asian cities.
All through the ancient and
medieval world, flat-bread,
falafel and other heat-and-serve
meals were popular attractions at
Fast Food Restaurants Cost Less
The low cost of a fast food meal compared to a
meal at a sit-down restaurant can help you stay
within your budget. Home cooking, though, enables
you to serve healthier, less expensive meals. If you
want to eat healthy foods on a budget, purchase
foods such as tuna, peanut butter, dried beans,
brown rice, whole pasta and seasonal produce.
These nutritious items are relatively inexpensive.
Fast Food Restaurants Have Calorie
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
of 2010 requires chain restaurants to post calorie
counts on menu boards. You can use this
information to make low-calorie decisions when you
eat fast food. Restaurants that have fewer than 20
locations, such as small, family-owned
establishments, do not need to provide nutritional
information. When you don't have access to calorie
counts, you may be more likely to eat more calories
than you had intended.
Food is fuel for your body and has a
direct impact on how you feel as
well as on your overall health. Fast
food refers to food that can be
served quickly. In many cases, that
means food that is highly processed
and contains large amounts of
carbohydrates, added sugar,
unhealthy fats, and salt (sodium).
These foods generally contain a
high number of calories but offer
little or no nutritional value.
How to eat healthy on Fast-
Food Read the nutrition pamphlet. If there are
certain fast food chains you tend to
patronize, visit their websites for
nutritional information. Determine what
they have to offer that's more nutritious
and lower in calories than other items on
Read the ingredients list. The only way to
make sure you aren't eating any trans fat
is to scan the ingredients list for any
hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated
oils, and avoid eating food items which
Plan ahead. Most major fast food chains
have websites, and most now offer the
nutrition information on-line. Select
your meal and tally the calories before
heading to the restaurant.
Choose grilled chicken instead.
Fried chicken contains a lot more
calories and fat.
Ask for extra veggie toppings on
your sandwich. Extra tomato,
lettuce, and onion will add more
vitamins, fiber, and flavor to the
sandwich and only add a few
calories. This can help turn a small
burger into something more
Substitute a healthier side dish for
fries. Some fast food chains allow this. For
example, a small garden side salad with low
calorie dressing or fresh apple slices. Choose
these more often.
Have water with your meal. Ask for
water (sparkling, if it's available, and you
won't miss the bubbles). At the very least,
drink a diet soda to avoid the calories. If you
have a sip between every bite, you'll also
slow down your eating time.
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