Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fast Food is Fast Cooking, Fast Eating, and Fast Causing Disease

I enjoy eating fast food for the longest time even though I know that fast food is not healthy. I love McMuffins, the crispy McFries, McNuggets, and McSundaes - everything that has a "Mc" in front. I love that they are McCheap and its McDrive is very convenient when we need to eat food on the go. And they taste really good! McGoodness. I didn't want to know what they are made of, or rather, I was afraid to know. I preferred to ignore it because once I knew I can't let myself eat the very fast food that I once loved. Movies such as Super Size Me, Fast Food Nation, or Food, Inc. are some of the most popular ones that documented how eating fast food is detrimental to our health and unveiled the fast food business. Here is the real deal about fast food - it has very minimal nutritional values, they are high in calories, full of partially hydrogenated oil and trans fat, high in refined sugar, sodium, refined grains (not to mention they are most likely improperly prepared), and low in fiber or any other nutrients for that matter. All those things that leads to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart diseases, and other chronic illnesses. 

"How do people get so fat, so fast?" This 12-minute video shows the new epidemic of obesity that the modern society is up against. As Dr Lustig said it "Fast food is fast cooking, fast eating, and fast causing disease." Maybe he has a point.

It's been a while since I last had fast food. We stop drinking soft drinks. I miss eating fast food, I do. I just turn my head the other way when I see one nearby. I don't give Elin fast food and I plan to keep it that way for as long as possible. I will teach her the value of real food and why fast food is not good for us. I do realize when she is older, when she understands, when her friends want to eat fast food, she will have a choice to make. I just hope that she will understand when and why I allow or disallow her to eat certain things, and hopefully she grows up in wisdom being able to balance healthy living while still building and maintaining relationships. Some things are more important than our food choices.

"All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. - Acts 2:44-47

What are your views about eating fast food?

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