The Long-Term Effects of That Fast Food Meal
Think eating a Happy Meal here or there is relatively harmless, especially if you workout and "burn it off"? Think again, because many compounds in that fast food meal will linger in your body for the long-term, aging you
and contributing to compounding health issues. Learn more and see what you can do to manage your health.
Antibiotics, hormones, and steroids
- Steroids, hormones, and antibiotics in low-quality meat can pose risks to us.
- Antibiotics boost weight gain in livestock and also prevent them from getting sick in close quarters - but the high doses exceed the benefits.
- More antibiotics = more antibiotic-resistant bacteria - and then can get passed on to us.
- 80% of antibiotics in the United States are in our food.
- 28.9 million pounds of antibiotics fed to livestock.
- 7.3 million pounds of antibiotics given to humans.
- Consequences: 1) Resistance to beneficial antibiotics; 2) Over 70% of infection-causing bacteria are at least partially resistant to antibiotics; 3) Depletion of good bacteria in the gut; 4) Obesity; 5) Intestinal discomfort.
- Steroids and hormones are meant to help fatten and accelerate animal growth.
- Although the USDA technically prohibits levels of steroid hormones in meat from exceeding 1% of the natural hormones in a child, food testing cannot distinguish between natural and injected hormones.
- Would you believe that hot dogs and pepperoni have lower levels of carcinogens than bacon and rotisserie chicken?
- They're HCA's - heterocyclic amines - which occur in meat cooked at high temperatures.
- HCA's are linked to: Colon; Stomach; Breast cancers.
- Rotisserie chicken has 326x the amount of HCA's as pepperoni!
Other additives during processing
- TBHQ, or tertiary butylhydroquinone, comes from petroleum and was not approved by the FDA for several years - because 6 grams of the stuff could kill you.
- It's worth knowing that it would take 2 pounds of McNuggets to consume 1 gram... but a scary thought nonetheless!
- 1 gram TBHQ causes nausea, vomiting, disorientation, difficulty breathing and collapse.
- Made up of spare beef trimmings with ammonium hydroxide for safe consumption and added tastiness.
- The wholesale savings on this low-grade beef? Just 3 cents per pound.
- Fast food has sugar in places you wouldn't think.
- We expect a Whopper to be quite salty - 68% of your daily value of sodium. But it also got 2 grams of sugar!
- In addition to weight gain and blood sugar inconsistencies, too much sugar can cause other problems.
- Advanced glycation end products, or AGE's. are foods with excess sugar content.
- Over time they cause: Aging skin; Wrinkles; Cataracts; Dementia and more.
- Then, of course, there's the soda: High fructose corn syrup, used in most soda syrups; Does not send the "I'm full" signal; Increases bad cholesterol, uric acid fat; Can result in hypertension, high blood pressure and more.
- We get 5-8% of our daily calories from sugar-sweetened drinks.
- 1/2 of Americans over age 2 drink sugary beverages every day.
- Another soda problems. Colas get their caramel color from 4-methylimidazole, a chemical recently added to California's list of known carcinogens: Coca-Cola and Pepsi contend the gradient is safe; They've altered their
formulas by reducing levels of 4-MI to comply - not removing it!
Polyunsaturated vegetable oils
- Consumption of too many Omega-6's are linked to: cancer; Blood clots; Inflammation; Elevated blood pressure; Digestive problems; Compromised immunity; Reproductive damagel Weight gain.
- Americans get 14-25x more Omega-6's the essential Omega-3's. The ideal ration? Just 2-4x more than Omega-3's.
- In the long-term, this leads to an imbalance of EFA ratio (essential fatty acids).
- When heated to smoke point and beyond, free radicals are released into the oil, creating carcinogenic hazards.
- These dangers are compounded by: Elevated heat; Lengthened time spent frying; Reuse (hot fast food oil stays frying for hours and is reused!).
- PUVO's are linked to: Cancer; Heart disease; Compromised immunity; Liver damage; Reproductive damage; Lung damage; Digestive problems; Weight gain; Premature aging; Autoimmune diseases.
- Vegetable oils does not necessarily equal healthy oil!
Filet o' filter
- There are 97 ingredients in a McDonald's Filet-o-Fish, between the patty, the pasteurized American cheese, the sauce and the bun.
- And in the patty itself? Well, the first ingredient is fish... but after that, fillers: Corn flour; Bleached wheat flour; Cellulose gum; Fried in any of several unhealthy PUVO's; Dimethylpolysiloxane-a silicone agent to prevent
foaming when fried Competitors' fish patties have similar ingredient lists.
- The high cholesterol content in fast foods builds up over time.
- A breakfast biscuit with egg and sausage can rack up 26lmg, or 87% of your daily value of cholesterol.
- 1 in 6 of us have high cholesterol, which increases the risk for heart attack and stroke.
- Red meats and processed meats increase colon cancer risk.
- Reducing red meat intake and eliminating processed meats, along with lessened alcohol, increased fiber, exercise and healthy weight, may prevent up to 45% of incidences of colon cancer.
- Eating just 3.5oz of processed meat daily - that' less than a 1/4 pound hamburger - increases colon cancer risk by 36% over those that don't eat processed meat.
So can I eat fast food?
- If you must, there are healthier choices - just make sure to read the labels!
- What to skip: heavy salad dressings; Breaded/fried meats; French fries; Mayonnaise; Large portions; Double meat; White bread; thick crust; Low-fat desserts.
Of course, a diet rich in whole foods beats a fast food diet any day for health and longevity!
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