June 2, 2013 by mvchaikovskaya
Nowadays a problem of fast food is widespread all over the world. Fast food restaurants are situated almost in every country. The most popular of them are McDonald’s, Burger King’s, KFC restaurants. There are many debates about the pluses and minuses of fast food, but in spite of them, that industry is prospering. But what advantages and disadvantages does fast food have?
Proponents of fast foods ensure that these foods are safe for human consumption, but critics argue that their effects are bad for health. So, the most serious drawback of fast food is that it badly affects on health and well-being. Firstly, fast food contains a lot of calories, which can make you overweight, and this is one the most important problems in the United States of America, because, as we can see, fast food is mostly popular there. As a statistics says: “One out of four Americans eats fast food every day. Partly due to the fast food culture, about 60% of Americans are overweight or obese”. Unfortunately, this problem concerns not only USA. Furthermore, overweight, in the most cases, leads to problems such as diabetes and heart diseases. What is more scary, is that you can also receive sleep apnea, impotence, high blood pressure, most types of cancer, headache, gallstones, osteoarthritis, depression, asthma, and lower back pain. One more disadvantage of fast food, which is not not less important than the previous ones, is that it almost doesn’t contain vitamines. Due to these entire disadvantages one should think before choosing fast food.
On the other hand, the greatest advantage of fast food is that it saves time. When a person does not have enough time for cooking it is very convenient to buy it already made. Moreover, buying fast food is more handy while travelling, for example, when you do not have an equipment. It is interesting to note, that most people believe that calories are harmful for our health, but this is not true, because human organism needs them for metabolism. We can see, that “one meal at a fast food restaurant contains all the calories you need for an entire day”. So, fast food can be healthy when you eat it rarely. You can also find dishes in menu those are not so unhealthy. For instance, there are you can always find salads and juices. Besides, fast food restaurants are cheaper than the others and this is one more reason why people choose them.
To sum it up, I am convinced that fast food is more harmful than healthy, but if we eat it not very often, it will not damage our health.
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- “Fast Food Statistics” <http://www.smart-healthy-eating.com/fast-food-statistics.html>