Who doesn't love fast food? It tastes great, it gives some strong bursts of energy, and ... well, it's served up pretty fast! However, have you ever stopped to think about getting fast food nutritional information?
by David Brant, who became a successful althlete in high school, has studied health and nutritional issues for over 15 years and personally uses many fitness ideas and supplements that he writes about.
The information is available for anyone who wants it — but the fast food restaurants sure don't emblazon it all over the place or include it in their advertising. And that's because such fast food nutritional information doesn't represent an efficient use of advertising dollars.
we get overloaded with nutrients
You see, on the one hand, fast food is not the "evil" that self-righteous do-gooders like to say that it is. It's not some malicious toxin, and there is no conspiracy among fast food restaurants to kill their customers. There are some very good nutrients in fast food. But we, on the other hand, get overloaded with too many, or inferior forms, of some of those nutrients when we eat a lot of Whoppers, golden french fries or other fried stuff.
The problem that you uncover when you get your hands on some fast food nutritional information is that it's loaded with carbohydrates, refined sugars, vegetable oils, and sodium (refined or cooked salt, which has very little nutritional value but can raise your blood pressure).
Fast food diets are high-carb diets — this is what leads
to so many people being overweight. Carbohydrates are readily stored by
the body; unless you are a serious athlete, a low-carb diet is probably
best for you most of the time.
Refined sugars (white sugar, high fructose corn syrup) also get you
putting on the weight; they are so quickly and easily burned away that
they offer next to nothing in nutrients, while the body's metabolism
gets short-circuited by not having to do any real work on them.
Vegetable oils overload our bodies with Omega-6 fatty acids; these
are very important to our health in the proper amounts, but the amounts
that the typical person consumes today are just plain bad for us.
And all that sodium ... it's another overload, and it's cooked table salt, not the good, nutritionally high sea salt that you should be using.
But, fast food restaurants have been responding to the greater
spread of fast food nutritional information by offering healthier
choices to people. As a matter of fact, it has now become possible for
you to eat a relatively healthy meal at the B.K., the Micky Dee's, the
KFC, Wendy's, etc. You just need to watch what you select at these
places and pay attention to the nutritional information that they
provide to you.
What are some general fast food eating guidelines for most of your visits?
But, fast food nutritional information should also make it clear to you that if you eat a lot of that food, you need to take dietary supplements. You cannot get your full gamut of needed nutrients just from even the healthiest fast food eating practices. Otherwise, be smart and enjoy it!
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