Fast Food is Bad

Whatever you may think of it, fast food in general is pretty bad for your health and diet. Nearly all fast food contains additives that are not conducive to a healthy disposition and by their very nature, you are prompted to eat the meal faster than is good for your digestion, which is another reason it is bad for you!

So is there anything good about fast or junk food?

Are there Any Fast Food Benefits?

fast food is bad for your healthThe only real benefits that can be said of junk food is down to its very nature. The stuff is served up pretty quickly and eaten equally as quickly, thereby saving you time.

In fact, eating in this way sort of almost bypasses the enjoyment factor that we humans are meant to enjoy from eating. It actually re-labels it as something that has to be done and gotten out of the way as quick as possible to make way for doing something else with the time it saved.

This is actually a terrible way to live. If you look at the way in which many families in European countries treat their meal times you would probably have your jaw drop in disbelief.

In countries like France, Spain and Italy, they may spend two or three hours over the main meal of the day, which comes out in several small courses.

Families get together around a large table and enjoy conversation, good company and fortify their meal with a glass or two of red wine. To the average American, this may seem like an amazing waste of valuable time, but the average American works way too long hours and spends too much of what spare time they have left slumped in front of the television.

And that wholly unhealthy pastime is made possible because they didn't spend it eating, socializing and family bonding!

Slow Food and Health

What is really going on with the Europeans and their extended meal times is a marvel of healthy processes. By eating many small courses, they don't stuff their faces full of everything on the plate in a matter of minutes, but eat small portions slowly.

This is good for the digestion because it allows the body to process the meal much more slowly and efficiently. The inclusion of red wine is not just for its alcohol content, but red wine is a digestive aid as well as containing healthful antioxidants and other good health giving properties not found in any other alcoholic drink.

The other thing is that most real food served up to European tables is freshly home cooked and made from fresh ingredients. Rarely does anything ever come out of a packet and there are subsequently no harmful additives, preservatives or nasty artificial flavors or sweeteners in there.

There is always a good balance of meats, fish, dairy, vegetables and fruits. This provides a balanced meal of proteins and carbohydrates along with all important dietary fiber and essential oils. They use olive oil with all its health benefits in place of the unhealthy vegetable oils and trans fats preferred by Americans.

There is also a great reliance by European cookery on flavorings from natural herbs and spices along with onions and garlic. The last two are also very high on the health scale and are major reasons that people who eat high levels of them tend to live longer and enjoy better overall health and weight level.

Traditional Eating

A lot can be learned from the way in which the French, Spanish and Italians eat in the traditional ways. Sure, fast food has invaded those shores and younger generations are being tempted away from tradition by clever television advertising to get them to eat junk food in preference to what is really good for them.

But many families still get together to eat traditional meals each day.

But anyone with any sense will see the wisdom in eating healthily and making time to eat properly. It just makes so much good sense to eat slowly and make sure that the food is freshly prepared and cooked at home and not pre-made by some company whose only real loyalty is to their shareholders to make as much money as possible.

And they do that by finding the cheapest way to make the garbage they sell taste as good as possible while fooling as many people as possible that their junk is the best thing on the shelves to eat!