What do you think of fast food

Fast food in the reality check

A few weeks ago, we took a closer look at the effects of fast food on the body. This week we would like to put fast food to a reality check.

Today everyone has more and more to do. Time is a precious, rare commodity, so fast food is of course a temptation. After all, who has time to cook? One reads again and again how harmful fast food is. Nevertheless, it is offered everywhere. Let's take a sober look at the current situation.

The truth

To be honest, it has to be said that fast food has permeated society with its salty, greasy, and sweet temptations. It has become indispensable. Therefore, demands for a ban are just as unrealistic as the hope that people will eventually stop eating it because of its negative health effects.

Let's face the facts: Everyone eats fast food, one way or another, regularly or not. It is important to deal with fast food in a sensible and considered manner. If I eat in a burger shop once a month, nothing happens. But if I eat there often, I get fat. As simple as that.

Origins of the popularity

The popularity of fast food has many reasons:

  • It tastes good. Fat is a flavor carrier, so fatty foods will always be better than z. B. Cooked vegetables that somehow seem to be missing something. Add a little salt and nobody can resist.

  • It is filling. What is the most important thing when eating something to dispel hunger? The feeling of satiety.

  • It goes fast. Fast food simply saves time. Quickly prepared, quickly eaten. Made for today.

  • It is not subject to any conventions. In contrast to a 7-course menu in a top restaurant with an armada of cutlery, I can eat fast food with my fingers. It doesn't matter what clothes I wear either. Simply practical.

Where is the problem?

Fast food is concentrated energy. It is high in fat, sugar and salt, which is why it is very high in calories. Unfortunately, there is often a lack of vitamins and micronutrients.
If you often eat fast food and do not do much sport, the body begins to store the excess energy for bad times. You gain weight.
In Central Europe today 2/3 of men and half of women are overweight. A quarter each even strong.

Is fast food addicting?

If you consume fast food a lot, your brain changes. And yes, it can even be addicting. When eating sweet or fatty foods, dopamine is released in the brain and a feeling of happiness arises. The more fast food you eat, the more dopamine is released. The problem: Over time, the dopamine receptors dull, more and more is needed for the same feeling of happiness. So you always have to eat more. It has also been observed in studies that the hippocampus can shrink, which increases the risk of dementia etc.

Sensible use of fast food

A ban never makes sense. Rather, the aim should be to incorporate fast food sensibly and carefully into your diet. When it comes to fast food, it should always be substituted for a full meal. Never eat it as a snack between meals.

The next time you eat a burger, you can add a salad instead of french fries. Another simple but effective trick is to replace soft drinks with mineral water. Small steps also lead to the goal.

Energy density = high effort

As mentioned earlier, fast food is very high energy food. At the same time, this means that a lot of effort has to be made to break down the calories again. Let's put that in perspective and look at two examples to illustrate this: doner kebab and pizza.

In order to break down a kebab with sport, people need between 50 and 100 minutes, depending on age, gender, fitness level and type of sport. It's even more dramatic with a pizza: It has to be between 85 and 180 minutes of exercise. So to burn the calories on a pizza, some would have to do three hours of exercise!

By the way: literally translated, fast food naturally means fast food. But an apple also falls under this category. So why not eat an apple the next time it's supposed to be fast food? This is how a considered approach to our food can begin.