Fast Food – EAT IT or LEAVE IT

March 28, 2009

Pizza Hut, Pizza Hut,

Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut

MacDonalds, Macdonalds,

Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut

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Ever wondered how important fast food is in your life? Without knowing it, I have personally eaten fast food twice alone on Monday ! Well, what exactly is fast food to begin with? The definition of fast food from Wikipedia would be the term given to food that can be prepared and served very quickly. While any meal with low preparation time can be considered to be fast food, typically the term refers to food sold in a restaurant or store with low quality preparation and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out/take-away.

So once we talk about fast food, the famous house brands will come straight into your brain. MacDonalds, KFC and the like. These names have already become a part of us, and they are here to stay. Despite parental protests about these greasy, oily, starchy, and ultra fattening food, we still eat it for the sake of convenience. It has always been easier to meet to study at MacDonalds, or settle a quick dinner at KFC. How many times have we needed these fast food giants that without them, we will have no idea where to eat?

Just to settle a point, I want to clear the names of fast food from the Court of Unhealthy Food. As mentioned previously, fast food may not meet the criteria of being junk food. As fast food is just food that can be prepared quickly and instantly, I believe that even spaghetti and frozen food can be brought into the picture. These foods are easily prepared by soaking in hot water, or microwaved into edible, even delicious nibbles. Not all fast foods have to be junk food can also be brought across by a certain familiar restaurant called Subway. Subway boasts the healthier choice of tasty, fresh vegetables and grilled meat in a sandwich which has allowed them to paste the red health pyramid (the healthier choice) on their boards. And if memory serves, there was even an advertisment in which a person lost weight due to changing his diet to Subway sandwiches.

 To the lovers of these delicious Big Mac’s or Chicken Drumlets, please do not be offended. I will be referring to fast food as junk food, since that is the majority of the truth.

As you  know, the point brought across is only to protect the minority of the fast food chains that actually cares about the health of the customers. I believe that the common understanding towards fast food can be summarised by the grotesque movie “Super Size Me”. Using himself as the test subect, Morgan Spurlock underwent a month of the famous MacDonalds meals. And to those who have no clue what the movie is, here’s a quick summary.

 

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 There was no Happy meal in this show. Spurlock took it on himself to chew on and swallow the big M’s food everyday, 3 meals a day. The movie title came about due to the customers being able to go further than the usual upsize of the meal to a super size. He had a month to test out on how destructive the power of MacDonalds is to your body. Verdict? Duh.  the then-32-year-old Spurlock gained 11.1 kg, a 13% body mass increase, and experienced moodswings, sexual dysfunction, and liver damage. It took Spurlock fourteen months to lose the weight he gained.

Of course, that would only happen if the only food left in the world is our favourite MacDonalds. This show, though true and intimidating to many, only showed the extreme case of the consumption of these fast foods. However, it is alarming enough to see the rate of people consuming these fast food. It is already ironic enough in the sense that I am currently sitting in MacDonalds, typing this after I had a delicious Fillet-O-Fish. These fast foods chains are here to stay, like it or not. And the only thing you can do about it is to join in.

Conclusion? Its up to your personal beliefs and habits that will deterine that answer. As for me, I will not try to run from the unavoidable. Fast food was, is, and will always be a part of my life (:

on credits to BEN L.  (:

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