September 23, 2010
Filed under Features
Fast food is spreading and it’s spreading fast
“A lot of the chronic health problems we see today in many Americans is directly related to a diet consisting of too much fast food,” Mary Lyons, nutrition instructor, said.” This includes childhood obesity, and a new term diabesity, which is Type II Diabetes brought on by excessive body fat.”
One might ask if there are so many health risks then what should a regular diet consist of.
The basic components of a healthy diet should consist of the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water according to www.webmd.com.
“What all Americans should be striving for is a diet that limits their intake of processed/refined food products, such as chips, sodas, juices, fried foods, doughnuts and other pastries, and focus on that term nutrient density,” Lyons said. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, grilled fish and chicken and healthy oils, such as olive oil should all be the foundation of your daily menu. A homemade taco for example is simply going to be healthier than a fast food taco, because you have control over how it is prepared. I also recommend that students avoid drinking so many of their calories, which is very typical of many students.”
Compared to homemade meals, fast food is higher in calories, sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats.
For example, a typical meal in Carl’s Jr. would be a double western bacon cheeseburger, medium fries, and a drink and the calorie count for this meal is about 1800 calories
according to the Carl’s Jr. nutrition information; there are almost no essential nutrients in this meal at all.
“The more educated students become on nutrition, the more likely they will make healthier foods choices,” Lyons said. “I of course recommend that students consider taking either a nutrition or health class here on campus to learn more about how to build a healthier lifestyle. Eat well, stay well.”