Will the quality of fast food improve

Fast food: one of the causes of obesity and chronic diseases

"Since fast food is so popular and is therefore eaten frequently, it is reasonable to suspect that the increasing portions and the increasing calorie content contribute noticeably to the currently widespread obesity and the no less widespread chronic diseases," said study director Megan McCrory, Professor at the Boston University in Massachusetts.

More calcium in fast food

McCrory and her team also found that today's fast food contains more calcium and also a little more iron than before. Calcium is now contained in larger quantities in main courses and desserts, while the iron content in desserts has increased.

It is probably the increased use of cheese in the burgers that led to the higher calcium content in the main courses. And since there weren't nearly as many milkshakes on offer in the past, the higher calcium content in the dessert area is not surprising either. However, as far as iron is concerned, desserts in the US are likely to be fortified with it, as the ingredient lists of e.g. B. McDonald’s in Germany do not unearth any significant sources of iron.

Calcium alone is no guarantee of health

However, anyone who believes that they are doing something particularly good for their bones by eating this wonderfully calcium-rich fast food is mistaken. The other ingredients make the bones (and all other organs) suffer more than benefit.

Because even a fast food milkshake consists largely of sugar and the chocolate syrup served with it needs four different types of sugar to satisfy the sweet cravings of fast food consumers.

It has also been known for decades that bones do not remain healthy with calcium alone.

Get out of the fast food trap!

Nevertheless, according to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over 36 percent of adults eat fast food every day. Worse still: according to a study by University of Connecticut (2018) 74 percent of parents buy their children unhealthy drinks and snacks when they go to a fast food restaurant - even if there is a healthier alternative.

Fast food is a kind of addictive substance. Because just as the first cigarette doesn't taste good, fast food doesn't taste good until you get used to it - and then imagine it's delicious. Get out of the fast food trap!


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