Fast Food or Fat Food?

Zaina Waheed, Leopard Life Staff Writer

You see them at every major intersection. We see them all around us. They’ve taken over a large portion of the restaurant business. That’s right — I’m talking about fast food. The burgers and french fries are delicious, but have you ever actually wondered what you’re eating and what effects it has on your body?

“After eating fast food, you can feel sluggish and tired for sure,” said William Yaeger, 7th and 8th grade History teacher. 

According to Weber, “More than 25% of Americans eat fast food at least twice a week.” This type of food contains a lot of calories. As a matter of fact, according to Corleone, a Big Mac from McDonalds contains 540 calories! An average adult should have 1800 calories a day, which means a Big Mac meets more than a quarter of the calories you need a day. Additionally, there aren’t enough vitamins and minerals in fast food to sustain a healthy diet.

“I think there’s bad stuff in it, like processed things,” said Ulani Phillips, 8.

The majority of the time, fast food restaurants use the cheapest oil they can buy — corn oil. Corn oil contains saturated trans fat, which is linked to heart disease. It increases LDL cholesterol, bad cholesterol, and lowers HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol. Fast food is also linked to depression, respiratory problems, acne, and high blood pressure. According to Healthline, fast food outlets have double since 1970, and since then, the number of obese Americans have doubled.What’s more, is that fast food includes very high amounts of sodium.

  You should probably have fast food less than once a week or once a week at most. If you eat more than that, it increases the chances of a stroke. You will be safe and secure if you eat the minimum amount of fast food.