Fast food Nation
Food is the daily basic need for people. As everyone knows, how it is produced and who controls it, are important issues. But the way that it is processed and marketed can have abig effect on health and economics too. In some parts of the world, a lack of access to food is the tragedy, while in the US, unhealthy eating is cited as the second biggest killer after smoking. Inan age of convenience, people are eating more processed and fast food than ever, and 60% of the population is considered obese.
Over-consuming fast food will significantly influence people’s health.One important effect will be increased blood pressure due to excessive intake of sodium from the fast food. Most of these quick and convenient meals contain high amount of sodium, which increases andaggravates the risks of high blood pressure. According to the recommendations of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, about 1,200 to 1,500 mg of sodium is the dailysodium requirement for adults. The regular table salt that we consume contains 40% sodium and a single teaspoon of table salt contains 2,300 mg of sodium. Although the body requires minimum quantities ofsodium, too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure. Sodium can also lead to building-up of fluids in case of people who are suffering from people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, orkidney disease.
Another result is heart disease caused by over-intake of cholesterol. Cholesterol in meat-containing fast food is very dangerous for the health. Meat contains cholesterol and henceleads to the accumulation of bad cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol molecules can accumulate in the arteries and lead to clogging or thickening of the arteries. Thickening or clogging of arteries canlead to an obstructed blood flow and affect the blood pressure. In case the artery, which carries blood to the heart, gets clogged, it can result in heart attack or even heart failure in extreme...
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