Over one-third of Americans are obese, leading to different health related diseases.
Fast food is convenient, short-term, cheap, and easily accessible. Is the convenience worth the health risks? Americans are overlooking the negative side effects to eating fast food. Although it is convenient on your wallet the sugars, sodium, and processed ingredients contain few if any nutrients to the body’s health.
The rise of obesity has also greatly increased, according to the CDC. America’s consumption for fast food is on the rise due to the convenience and low prices. Most Americans think it is impossible to eat healthy on a low budget, but there are many overlooked low cost healthy options.
Almonds, apples, cabbage, carrots, eggs, kale, lentils, oats, oranges, peanut butter, tea, and tuna can be picked up at any grocery store for under two dollars per serving. These are healthier options to support your immune system, cleanse with antioxidants, regulate digestive health, ingest healthy monounsaturated fats, and they contain many nutrients beneficial to fight diseases.
The amount of daily vitamin intake a human is expected to have depends on the amount of calorie intake, but fast food contains higher calories with less nutrients. For an 1800 calorie diet, a human is expected to have 202-292 grams of carbs, 40-70 grams of fat, 14g of fiber per 1000 calories, less than 1500 milligrams of sodium, and 45 to 157 grams of protein. The amount of vitamins increases based on the calories and calories should be increased if you exercise.
Despite these healthy options people are drawn to fast food. In a fast-paced world humans sleep less and have more stress and anxiety. This makes it comforting to eat fattier foods because the carb intake gives the body energy. However according to American Heart Association eating fast food can be detrimental to your heart’s health. The lack of sleep in a fast paced routine makes a drive through seem ideal in order to save time and money. After time, people who eat fast food regularly create a slight dependence on it and it becomes part of their routine.
Here are some healthy, low cost options and their nutritional benefits:
- Lentils are a great source of protein, fiber, and contain important minerals and vitamins.
- Oats are a great source of fiber, and helps fight heart disease and diabetes.
- Kale is full of nutrients and helps detoxify the body while helping regulate your digestive system.
- Cabbage has similar nutritional benefits to kale because it is full of nutrients and helps regulate your digestive system.
- Carrots are full antioxidants which helps cardiovascular disease. Tuna contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits and they contain omega-3 fatty acids.
- Oranges are easy to grab on the go and contain vitamin c which helps suppoCt your immune system.
- Apples are also a great selection for a quick snack including cardiovascular, antioxidant, and regulation of blood sugar benefits.
- Eggs are a great source of protein and all B vitamins.
- Almonds are a great source of protein and potassium while helping fight different diseases with the nutrients contained.
- Tea contains caffeine and antioxidants which helps support and cleanse the body, and help improve brain activity.
- Peanut butter contains fiber, monounsaturated fat, and protein which fill you up in smaller amounts.
Copyright 2014 By Young Broadcasting of Richmond