These are all the things we look for in food. Despite all of this, fast food has more drawbacks and leads to more problems than any other kind of food.
Why so The much publicized problem for the fast food industry is the alleged connection with making a person fat. According to a study, "participants who visited fast food restaurants twice a week or more gained 10 more pounds and experienced double the increase in insulin resistance compared to subjects who indulged less than once a week". (Kate, 2005)
It is unhealthy if consumed regularly, because it lacks the kind of nutrition balance that out body needs. Like mentioned above, it leads to obesity. Obesity is a problem because it not only makes an attractive man look like an unsightly plump but also leads to problems such as diabetes, heart diseases because of high cholesterol, hypertension and in extreme cases, cancer.
Another problem with fast food is that the food which is rich in fats, refined sugar and salt reengineer the hormones of the body in such a way that it makes a person want more of the same food (Health Food Guide, 2007). This means that it is addictive and once you get used to it, it becomes even more difficult to have a healthy and balanced diet.
I'd like to add a few statistics to illustrate how widespread the use of fast food is. The number of McDonald's restaurants and Subways restaurants in the U.S. in 2006, respectively are 13,700 and 20,000 (The Wall Street Journal, 2006). Also, the amount that Americans spent on fast food in 1970 was $6,000,000,000 (Schlosser, 2002). This frequency could be reduced by bringing about a change in eating habits such as consuming more homemade food.
Homemade food, as the name suggests, is cuisine prepared in the household. It is almost instinctive of me to say that because it is prepared at home, it has got to be healthy and rich in all those nutrients that the body requires such as proteins, fibers, carbohydrates and even fat. Home cooked food is not only healthy but also clean food because it is prepared right in front of your eyes or by yourself and in my opinion, that is more satisfying than an oily hamburger.
There is loads of greatness in homemade food. It makes sure that your body gets the nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins that it needs. It is fresher than packaged, preserved and fast food and fresher food prevents heart problems, high blood pressure, etc. It also allows you to have fresh fruits and vegetables that you won't incorporate in your regular diet. Apart from that, it also ensures physical activity as much goes into preparing it. The good thing about having homemade food is that there are always alternatives available, for example honey or maple syrup is a healthy substitute for refined sugar.
If homemade food is consumed, more variety is guaranteed. It is convenient and even exciting to try out new recipes. Just cut a few slices of your favorite fruits, spread peanut butter on the bread, cover it with the fruits and enjoy a sweet evening in front of the pool. (Health Food Guide, 2007)
Healthy, as defined in a dictionary, means 'in good condition'. So, healthy food guarantees that your body remains in good condition. There are a number of healthy foods of which fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and dairy are some prominent ones.