Eating Fast Food Should Not Just Be a Political Statement
You have probably heard about the recent controversy surrounding Chick-fil-a. I’m not very politically minded, and I do not bring politics up here very much, unless it has to do with the politics of food and pharmaceutical medications. The recent controversy will not be discussed here in this post, as we all know it’s been covered in the news far enough. However – I will discuss the #1 reason why I do not eat there, or any fast-food joint, and why I hope you will not, either.
Why to Skip Fast Food – It’s Not Political
This is a nutrition based blog, and a natural, holistic one at that. I don’t recommend fast-food. At all. Why? Because, after you start eating real food, your cravings for fake fats, highly refined carbohydrates and stale calories practically diminish. Eating healthy, nourishing, tasty meals made by you with natural ingredients changes your physiology, psychology and taste buds, and shows you the power of true, real food and its place in your life.
Let’s take a nutritional glimpse into one of the most popular foods at our beloved (sarcasm) chicken joint. First, their chicken sandwich.
Simply looking at the fairly lengthy ingredient list should tell you that this is probably not real food. What really should be a simple, straight forward ingredient list for a plain sandwich is anything but. Two ingredients jump out at me: monosodium glutamate and high fructose corn syrup. These two ingredients have been directly linked to the development of obesity, diabetes and cancer. I’ve already written extensively about high fructose corn syrup on this blog, yet most people still aren’t aware that it is lurking in things you really wouldn’t expect it to be in – like chicken sandwiches.
High fructose corn syrup is not “just like sugar”. It’s sugar, but it isn’t metabolized the same way. It just isn’t. Sugar is natural, and so the body can recognize it. HFCS is made through a mechanical process that utilizes chemicals, toxins and carcinogens to create a very sweet, very high fructose syrup. Fructose also just happens to be the best fuel for cancer cells. Monosodium glutamate, on the other hand, is also a man-made, fake food additive to amp up the taste of food products. Scientists also give monosodium glutamate to lab rates to induce obesity. There is a connection between MSG and obesity. Do you really want to be putting this into your body?
I don’t do calorie counts, because I think ingredient lists matter more. However, when we look at the nutrition data, we notice its very high carbohydrate count, mainly from refined carbohydrates such as white flour, high fructose corn syrup and cornstarch. This makes for a very high-glycemic food that wrecks your blood sugar stability by desensitizing your insulin receptors. This process is also known as type II diabetes.
The new Peach Milkshake also boost a whole lot of nothing, nutritionally speaking. A small (a small,mind you) contains 118 grams of sugar! Really?? Really??? The body can only have around 4.95 grams of sugar at a time circulating the blood stream, so when your body has to work that hard to process that amount of sugar, you know that your body is receiving damage. Inflammation at receptor sites are common after this much sugar, as well as inflammation throughout the whole body. Weight gain, drop in growth hormone and testosterone, etc. Isn’t it funny, that this drink, being high in sugar, decreases men’s testosterone levels? How ironic…
Sugar may also promote mood instability and fuzzy thinking, which can result in poor behavior towards others. Fake dyes, colorings also promote behavior problems in children, according to some research. Many fast foods contain these synthetic ingredients. Why eat their food and damage your body (or your family’s) just to support a political statement?
Supporting Fast Food Supports Rising Health Care Costs
As mentioned earlier, many fast foods contain ingredients that directly affect the cells in your body almost immediately after consuming them, causing damage that can lead to diabetes, cancer, obesity and even dementia (some research indicates that poor nutrition may be linked to Alzheimer’s). These dis-eases are rising, and are driving up our health care costs.
Supporting these restaurants is a lose-lose-lose situation. By supporting ignorance, hate and intolerance by eating at these restaurants, we’re also giving these corporations our money that support the rising rates of obesity, cancer, diabetes, etc., therefore increasing our health care costs. Why hasn’t anyone made this point?
I’m not meaning to attack any one restaurant, as all fast food “restaurants” contain many of these faux food ingredients, as well as trans-fats, refined carbohydrates and sugar. Even salad dressings are high in sugar and trans-fats. Fast food is just not the way to go. If on the road, preparing things ahead of time is always the best. Preparation is key.
Some people say they will not eat at Chick-fil-a because it supports the pain and suffering of others by promoting hatred. However true that is, I think this restaurant, as well as many standard fast-food restorations and sit down restaurants are promoting the suffering, pain and disease of many AMericans by promoting diabetes, obesity, cancer and more.
Not eating at a fast-food restaurant shouldn’t be a political statement. It should simply be common sense not to subject your body, or anyone else’s, to unhealthy, damaging foods to the body and mind. Then, perhaps, you can be healthy and strong to inspire others and to share your fullest potential of compassion towards others that you couldn’t do with poor health.
Any thoughts? Would love to hear them!
This is The Healthy Advocate.