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A visit to the fast food restaurant is almost never complete without French fries. We all know that fast food contain gazillions of calories. And that they have a whole lot to do with obesity. But the thing is, fast food has becomes a part of our staple.
Arenít we all always in a hurry to enjoy a home-cooked meal? And so it is always convenient to go to the fast food restaurant. Then get our regular dose of burgers and French fries drowned in soda. For the average American child, 25% of their vegetable intake consists of French fries and potato chips.
Adults on the other hand eat an average of 4 servings of French fries in a week. A small serving of French fries contain 187 calories. A bag a day of French fries would mean a whooping 68,000 calories a year. And thatís a huge 20 pounds of weight gain.
This, from regular servings of French fries alone. Five servings of vegetables a day. Thatís what the government, doctors, nutritionists and dietitians implore us to eat. A serving of vegetable is only half a cup. This would mean then that a big salad and a decent size of side vegetables would do it for the day.
But what about French fries? Is a helping of French fries to be considered as a healthy intake of vegetables? Consider the saturated fats and calories that French fries carry. Do French fries have health benefits which would make them pass for vegetables? By vegetables, it means those rich in fiber.
Vegetables should really be all about going organic. And by this, it means vegetables promote better digestion, weight loss and overall health. It doesnít say that vegetables cause obesity or cardiovascular disease. Arenít these two latter conditions possible results of fast food? One can clearly see the connection between ill health and fast food here, right? Fifteen percent of our children are obese and the number is growing all the time.
Apparently this has to do with our dietary culture. Our dietary norms and habits basically make us drown in our own fats. Thatís the sad truth of it. But norms and habits are inherent to us. How then can we escape the disaster we ourselves impose on us? Half of our family food budget is spent on eating out in fast food restaurants.
Such a tendency is often done regularly. Think of all the amounts of saturated fats and trans fat and calories we feed into our bodies. These nutrients are abundant in fast food in general. A fast food meal is never complete without French fries. And the true caloric values of French fries and fast food require the skills of a Sherlock Holmes to uncover.
Nevertheless we all know- fast food can bring tremendous health havoc. What if we simply deleted French fries from our diet and substitute it with real, live vegetables. Think of what it can do to our collective waistlines. The lowly green bean may not be as tasty as French fries but it may yet save us.
Thatís the irony of it.
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About the author
The author of this article Rose Windale is a Health and Wellness Coach who has been successful with several natural health programs for many years. Rose recently published a step-by-step guide on how to lose weight the EASY way and become totally healthy and happy. More info on her life-changing eating habits plan HERE.
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