8 Reasons to Avoid Fast Food ...


8 Reasons to Avoid Fast Food ...
8 Reasons to Avoid Fast Food ...

As far as I’m concerned, fast food really only has one advantage over home-cooked or restaurant food: it’s fast, hence the name, right? But other than that one quality, I really don’t like fast food (except for an innate weakness I have for Taco Bell), and here’s why… here are 8 reasons to avoid fast food.

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It’s Fattening

Reason number one for avoiding fast food: it’s fattening. Actually REALLY fattening. A Whopper 40 grams of fat. A Big Mac has 29 grams. For the sake of comparison, and in the pursuit of full disclosure: my entire lunch at Taco Bell (a bean burrito with sour cream and a cheese roll-up) has 22 grams of fat. That’s a LOT of fat, considering these aren’t total meals… most of us eat fries with our burgers, and those add a whopping 22 additional grams of fat — in other words, there are as many grams of fat in my entire Taco Bell meal as there are in just the fries… and we’re really only supposed to get, maximum, 195 fat or sugar calories a day… do the math! A Whopper has 40 grams of fat, which is 360 calories… ick!


It’s a Lot of Empty Calories

While it’s true that some of the calories in fast food are from fiber and other “good” carbs, most are not, so they’re useless, or “empty” calories. Empty calories aren’t going to keep you full or help your body, so why bother?


It’s Disgusting!

Let me be blunt, but gross: there is a certain amount of animal feces in your hamburger. A LOT of animal feces. When you hear of fast food tainted with E. Coli, that, my dear, is where it’s coming from — animal poop.


There Aren’t a Lot of Fresh Food Choices

Most fast food restaurants offer apple slices (with sugar-laden caramel dipping sauce) or salads on their menu, but sadly that’s about the extent of their fresh food offerings. There are a few exceptions: Subway, for example, offers plenty of fresh food options, but, according to Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation,” Subway is more concerned with selling franchises than food.


They Have Poor Employment Practices

Do you know why fast food places seem to hire so many teenagers? It’s because hardly anyone else wants to work in fast food, with the dismal hours, hard work, and low, low pay, most of the time without benefits. Add to the teenage (and thus slightly less reliable) work-force the fact that these restaurants get a tax break every time they hire a new employee, and you see why high job turnover is good for the fast food business, but maybe not so good for the economy.


They Harm the Environment

Massive feedlots, scores of polluting trucks, less-than-energy efficient stores… I’d say fast food isn’t quite as gentle as they could be on the environment. Granted, they’re not alone, but this is just another reason I avoid fast food.


They Target Children to Form Life-long “addictions”

In a way, I think it’s sick that McDonald’s, Burger King, and all of the other fast food chains target children. They’re trying to get them “hooked” on tasty, high-fat, high-calories, high-sugar foods, so they’ll be what the industry refers to as “heavy users” as adults. No pun intended. That’s really what frequent fast food customers are called.


Ronald Creeps Me out

Last and certainly not least, Ronald McDonald completely creeps me out. He’s a scary clown with blood-red paint on his face and a cheer that borders on manic. And the Burger King plastic guy? Yeah. He’s scary, too.

With so many reasons to avoid fast food, and only one good one I can think of to opt for it, I’m starting to eat at the cursedly addictive Bell less often, and at other fast food next to never. Do you love or loathe fast food? Why do you avoid it or adore it? Please share!

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..and THAT is why I eat at In-n-Out and Wendy's only. McDonald's is gross! Why do people eat there, anyway? Our country REALLY needs to stop making excuses and DO something.

I work for a fast food company and I make way, way over minimum and am pulling about 36 hrs/week since I'm not taking summer classes. Our food is also incredibly fresh and the conditions are super clean. Now, I know that that certainly doesn't make it healthy and I definitely agree with you that it's full of empty calories and just not at all healthy but I just can't agree with your point 5.

Hey, i read the article and totally agree with you, but i think its unhealthy too. i don't usually like to eat fast food, but i eat fast food like hardly ever, but sometimes i do. I'm going to try and avoid burger king, etc because its really unhealthy. I'm 14 and i dont want to grow up obsessed with bk. Mcdonalds, i dont like them that much, only their nuggets. just a quick question, is d'angelos considered a fast food restaurant? cause, they are really good. And, i'm just like thinking that, i should stay away from fast food. I only like, homecooked meals right now. So i'll stick to that. Yeah, i totally agree. Thanks -Angie

Haha the one about eating animal feces is stupid! I took a microbiology course last semester and learned that E. coli is EVERYWHERE, not just animal feces. Get your facts straight before you post something ridiculous like that.

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