We are all at some point in our lives, addicted to fast food. When round the corner, its the only option, we go for it with no questions asked. However, we all experience that terrible feeling of guilt after we consume the double burger, a side of fries and the coke. Why? Because of the terrible reputation of fast food. However, this week’s FYI will educate you on the facts and myths about fast food because even the fact that all fast foods are bad is just a myth. Fast food is often the more convenient choice and that is why, despite all the negatives against it, people still continue to consume it
MYTH: Fast food hamburgers are made out of factory chemicals so it will not decay.
FACT: Fast food hamburgers tend to dry out more rather than rot because the cooking process removes the moisture in them and when they are left out in the air, the moisture is removed even more. In properly moist conditions, they will rot like any other burger. Thus, it is an absolute myth that the burgers are made out of factory store chemicals because they are just bread at the end of the day.
MYTH: Fast food restaurants are less healthier than dine in establishments.
FACT: This is hardly the case. While a combo meal at a burger joint has more calories than you need for one meal, a full meal at a sit-down restaurant may have more than you need in an entire day. Researchers defined a meal for an adult as an entree with a side and half of an appetizer, along with the free bread often offered. The average full meal at a sit-down place hit about 1,500 calories and went well over the daily recommended limit for saturated fat and sodium content. If you throw in a drink and half of a dessert, the average restaurant meal puts you over your daily recommended caloric intake. If you want to make sure you are getting a healthy option, you may just need to cook it yourself.
MYTH: The salads are a healthy option.
FACT: Salads seem the healthiest option when eating fast food. They’re made of vegetables, after all, which surely have to be better for you than greasy burgers and fries. In reality, however, the salad option contains so much cheese, dressing, or meat that they’re as bad as anything else on the menu. The consumerist looked at several fast food chains and found that the salads have as many calories as other menu items. Even worse, salads often contain more fat, more sugar, and oftentimes an absolutely whopping pile of sodium. While salad may sometimes be a healthy option, when you buy it from a burger joint, it probably isn’t.
MYTH: Fast food is cheap.
FACT: According to listverse, one of the most pervasive myths about fast food, as well as junk food in general, is that it’s far less pricey than healthier alternatives. This explanation is often used by people incredulous that anyone would willingly choose junk if better food is cheaper or comparatively priced. But while fast food is certainly cheap compared to other sorts of restaurants, it’s downright expensive compared to what you prepare at home, even when you cook far higher-quality food. On the other hand, cooking food yourself does have a cost of its own. It takes time, and it takes effort. Fast food is undeniably the more convenient choice, which is why people will continue to pick it. But if you have the time and energy, eating at home is a much better option in every way.