The unhappy meal (by Apage)
We all know that consuming fast food is bad for i waistlines, but what about our mental health? Emerging research is linking bad moods and depression to over consumption of fast food. Here's what you need to know and what you can do about it.
- 50 million Americans eat fast food daily.
- There are more than 300,000 fast food restaurants in the United States.
- 44% of Americans eat fast food at least once a week.
- The most consumed vegetable in the U.S. is the French fry (also known as the potato).
Mental health (anxiety, depression, hyperactivity)
- Foods low in omega -3 fatty acids, such as most fast foods, have been linked to anxiety.
- Lack of omega -3 fatty acids, combined with refined carbs, can lead to blood sugar fluctuations that can cause confusion, fatigue and depression.
- Eating a diet high in artificial coloring and preservatives can lead to hyperactivity or a "sugar rush" - leaving people irritable and restless.
Options: (if you can't avoid us, try these tips)
- Option for a veggie burger or a burger minus the bun.
- Request grilled chicken instead of crispy or fried.
- Replace fries with a baked potato, apple dippers or baked potato chips.
- Salads are always good but be wary of cheese and croutons. Also, request low fat dressing, and try not to use the whole packet.
- Resist the temptation of soda and instead try unsweetened iced tea or your body's favorite - water.
SOURCES: istock images Pew Research