Fast Food Nutrition

Americans – and people around the world – are obsessed with “fast food”

Almost 40% of Americans Eat Fast Food on Any Given Day

Time magazine reported this amazing fact last year. Younger people and men were more likely to be consumers of fast food. Other demographics also played a role in the results.

But should we be surprised? Probably not if we examine our own behavior.

What is fast food?

Wikipedia describes “fast food” as a commercial term limited to food sold in a restaurant or store with frozen, preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out/take-away.

Fast food has revolutionized the way we eat – making food more convenient than ever. The time-saving aspect has tremendous appeal. However, they also document that “Eating fast food has been linked to, among other things, colorectal cancer, obesity, high cholesterol, and depression.”

Does this mean we shouldn’t be eating fast food?

Of course not. We need to be realistic with our busy lifestyles. But the key to good nutrition is moderation. As well as being smart in our choices.

A balanced diet is just that – balanced. So we shouldn’t feel guilty about occasionally eating McDonald’s or KFC. But it shouldn’t be a daily activity.

Recently many fast food chains have been offering healthier options on their menu. They also want people to feel good about eating what they have to offer.

Read the fine print

Almost all fast food restaurants provide nutrition information on their fare. You can even check it out online beforehand giving you more time to make smart choices. Check out things such as the sugar and sodium content as well as the calories. Calories from fat can be especially important to minimize in your diet.

how can i feel good about eating fast food?

The best approach is to create a solid foundation of key healthy ingredients to your diet. Especially important can be a multivitamin to offset the “empty calories” you get from most fast food. And with a nutritional source of protein you will be well balanced.

So you can have your cake (fast food in this case) and eat it too!


If you would like to know more about the plan that has helped me create a solid foundation for my health, let me know. I don’t feel guilty stopping once in awhile at In-N-Out! You can:

I hope to hear from you soon.

Tom Leonard

Tom Leonard
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