BY-Junaid Y. Dokadia , Humber college 2015
Air, Water and Food are the basic necessities of a human being.
In general terms, the human body can go two to three days without water and, it is often said in survival guides, 30 to 40 days without food of any kind.
THE ERA OF FAST FOOD-
In today’s world fast food is having a great impact. People tend to be more attracted towards fast food rather than proper home cooked healthy food. They say fast food is more reliable and quicker. Highest consumers of fast food are in the age group of 13 years to 40 years. Students attending schools and colleges find fast foods tasty as compared to home cooked foods.
When James Dean said, “Live fast, die young, leave a beautiful corpse” in the 1950s, Americans were much thinner and fast food was a new invention. Today Americans are simply too chubby to live as fast as the lean 1950s idol. Instead they eat fast food, die younger than they should and leave increasingly obese corpses. Along with smoking, substance abuse and inactivity, fast food presents one of the greatest public-interest health threats to Americans today. Fast food is almost universally dangerous and should probably carry a warning from the surgeon general. It contains meat-based carcinogens, is high in total calories and saturated fat and is a principal source of trans fat. North Americans are always looking to shave a few seconds off everything–even eating. Fast food is a $103-billion industry and more than 25,000 new fast-food restaurants opened between 1996 and 1998. In a country obsessed with immediate gratification and conspicuous consumption, what could be more seductive than the capacity to consume excessively at a moment’s notice? The dominance of the fast-food culture makes it possible to have almost continual, unhealthy moveable feasts–daily. Not only is the food dangerous, but it promotes a lifestyle and culture that are also dangerous. Our lives are fast, frenetic and commercial. Food should be our sanctuary from the madness, not part of it. It’s no accident that Dave Thomas, the happy CEO of Wendy’s who pushes the company’s burgers on TV, had a coronary bypass operation several years ago. As we can see on more recent commercials, he’s dropped a the rest of us.
FAST FOODS AND TRANS FATS- Trans fats are man-made fats that were virtually unknown to humans until 1911, when Procter & Gamble, the people who brought you Olestra, first marketed Crisco. Before Crisco, if you wanted to make a pie crust, you needed to use rendered lard or beef tallow as your solid fat source. But Procter & Gamble discovered that adding hydrogen to polyunsaturated cottonseed oil made it more saturated and turned it into a solid fat at room temperature. If you look on the labels of many manufactured food items you will see the words “partially hydrogenated”–meaning that the manufacturer added hydrogen to a polyunsaturated fat, making it into a trans fat. The more saturated a fat becomes, the stiffer and more solid it gets. Trans fats are also less likely to go rancid and thus have a longer shelf-life.
10 REASONS TO STOP EATING JUNK FOODS
1) It can cause type 2 diabetes
2) It can trigger digestive problems
3) It causes fatigue and weakness
4) Causes depression among teenagers
5) It causes fluctuations in blood sugar levels
6) It affects functioning of the brain
7) It increases the risk of heart disease
8) It may cause kidney disease
9) It can damage the liver
10) It increases the risk of cancer
A research says that an average fast food costumer eats about 12 pubic hairs a year.
Healthy food helps you maintain your body in a perfect size and shape and also keeps you away from sickness and depression.
Healthy food has a perfect proportion of all the essential dietary supplements that our body needs.
It contains the right amount of carbohydrates, fats, starch, etc.
It is seen that a person who eats healthy meals falls less sick and stays healthy as compared to one who eats fast food.
A proper meal cooked at home contains correct amount of ingredients and the person cooking the food has sound knowledge of any allergies that an ingredient may cause to the eater.
Fresh products are used to ensure good health and taste of the eater
It is known that preparation of fast foods is done by reused oil and products that are not fresh and up to the mark of consumption.
Following are the 12 healthy eating habits one should follow-
1) Eat 5-6 balanced diets per day
2) Control portions and calories
3) Eat breakfast everyday
4) Manage your metabolism
5) Be mindful while eating
6) Drink lots of water
7) Supplement smart eating
8) Choose whole grains
9) Say ”no thanks” to empty calories.