Fat, Fast Foods Can Lead To Disease…And Many Children Are Eating Fast Foods !

A Quick Analysis of Fast Foods; and How Consumption Might Make Children Sick. I take this subject seriously.  Our children are the future.  A diet high on fat foods can make individuals sick.  This is what is happening to many children.  Children need vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for proper cell functioning.  Children need energy to succeed.  Fast Foods are full of preservatives, salt, sugar, and empty calories.

Ask yourself  is Fast Food Good For My Children?  Read and as always, speak with your physician, learn, and think.    

Wellness by Nature assumes the responsibility of the parent is to ensure the well-being of his children.  A great part of this includes making wise choices about nutrition.

Wellness by Nature has divided this article in two parts.

Part One: Quick analysis of fast foods

Part Two: Wellness and Healthier choices

Facts presented by the United States Department of Agriculture

  1. Obesity is associated with many diseases, including several of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
  2. Children who eat fast food one or more times per week are at increased risk for weight gain, overweight, and obesity.
  3. Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can result in weight gain, overweight, obesity, and mental conditions. 

United State Department of Agriculture Daily Micro-Nutrients Requirements

  • The daily carbohydrate consumption requirement for children 1 to 8 is 19 to 130 grams
  • The daily fiber consumption requirement for children 1 to 8 is 19 to 25 grams
  • The daily saturated and trans fatty acids, and cholesterol has not been determine
  • The daily fat consumption for children 1 to 8 is 20 to 30 %

FATS

FAST

FOOD

My Fitness Pal website gives clear information on some of the fast foods sold by local eateries, such as McDonald,  Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

These are just a couple examples.  Feel free to search “My Fitness Pal” to retrieve more information about foods.

  • Large Fries from MC Donald’s have 454 calories and 24 grams of fat; a cheeseburger has 300 calories and 12 grams of fat; chicken nuggets (4 pieces) have 190 calories and 12 grams of fat.
  • A whopper from Burger King has 630 calories and 35 grams of fat; medium onion rings have 320 calories and 16 grams of fat; small fries have 340 calories and 16 grams of fat
  • A baked potato with sour cream and cheese from Wendy has 500 calories and 18 grams of fat; a small chocolate frosty 580 calories and 13 grams of fat.
  • A crunchy taco from Taco Bell has 170 calories and 10 grams of fat; nachos have 320 calories and 19 grams of fat; a beef burrito supreme has 320 calories and 19 grams of fat.
  • A chicken breast from KFC has 360 calories and 21 grams of fat; small fries have 290 calories and 15 grams of fat; three crispy chicken strips have 390 calories and 29 grams of fat

Do the Math and be alarmed if this is what your children eat on regular basis!

Ingredients And Fast Foods

1. The Most Common Sweetener in the fast food industry is High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Most of the carbohydrates, which people consume, contain chains of glucose.  Normally the body regulates glucose by releasing hormone insulin. However, the liver, another organ, processes the fructose.  This is the main concern.  If there is a high consumption of fructose, the liver could not process the fructose fast enough.  Instead of a natural process, as with insulin, the process through the liver starts making fats which enter the bloodstreams as triglycerides.

2. The Most Common Color Additive in the fast food industry is Caramel Coloring.  When one thinks of caramel coloring, one can think of a grandmother sweetly melting sugar in a saucepan.  However, in the fast food industry this takes an entire new process.  The food industry makes caramel color by altering sugars with ammonia and sulfates under high pressure and temperatures.  Results of the alterations are:

  • 2-methylimidazole: is a compound.  Industry uses it an intermediate for pharmaceuticals, chemicals, dyes, textile auxiliaries, pigments and other chemicals.
  • 4-methylimidazole: is a bio product or consequence of the fermentation of foods

Government conducted studies in laboratory rats.  These two compounds caused cancers of liver and lungs on the rats. In fact, 2-methylimidazole appears in the list of a chemical with positive carcinogenic traits.  Experiments conducted on 4-methylimidazole  by the government showed brain seizures and hyperactivity on rats.

3. The Most Common Flavor in the fast food industry is salt.  In order to understand the concept of salt let us firstly analyze two concepts.

  • Salt and our body.  Our bodies need salt.  In fact, Sodium covers and sustains our cells.   Sodium plays a role in regulating blood pressure.  Sodium too is important in the functioning of the nervous system.
  • Table Salt and Sodium.  The most common type of sodium is table salt.  Indeed, sodium mixed with chloride the results are crystal known as table salt.  Too much salt in diets tend to increase blood pressure, affects the absorption of calcium, it causes body to abnormally retain water, and affects the properly function of kidneys.

Think about the last time the children were at the fast food restaurant.  The server most likely showered the fries in salt.

4. The Most Common Oil in the fast food industry is Soybean oil.  According to the American Heart Association, the consumption of hydrogenated fats, also known as Trans fats, should be less than 1 percent of total daily calories.  They raise blood cholesterol levels, especially LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels. One major source of hydrogenated oils in the American diet is fast foods.

 

When the children ate the extra-large fries, the arteries clogged up Twice as fast! 

In Conclusion

There are certain illnesses in children linked to fast foods.  This list provides just a few of them.

If your children are eating at Fast Foods Restaurants on Regular Basis, they are strong candidates for debilitating illness, such as the ones mentioned above.  Nutrition is important for children success.   Nutrients feed the cells and give necessary energy.  As a parent, you are responsible for what your children eat.

Stay Tune:

Part Two: Wellness and Healthier choices

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Candelaria Brown

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Candelaria Brown

I'm no doctor, but I love sharing from my vast knowledge on the power of foods and techniques that help you vastly improve your life in areas like physical health, sickness prevention, and emotional and spiritual balance. Read more about me...

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