By Leanne Ely, C.N.C.
Everyone knows that fast food isn't the healthiest option out there. However, with increasingly hurried lifestyles, it's easy to give in to the temptation to head to your local drive-through and pick up a quick meal. Complicating matters even further, brightly painted playgrounds and characters with friendly faces lure your children to fast food restaurants. And let's not forget those tempting plastic toys.
But just how bad is this food? Can you even call it food? In one famous experiment, a New York City artist purchased a happy meal from McDonald's and took photos of it every day. By day 137, the plain hamburger and fries looked nearly identical to the way they looked on the first day. How many preservatives do you think are in that food so that it shows no signs of decay after more than four months? Are you putting all those chemicals in your body or your children's bodies? Of course, you can do as one popular fast food chain says and "have it your way". But is that really your way?
Real food has a short lifespan. Natural food will not look the same even one day later, much less 137 days later. It if was once living it will decay.
If you think you're safe from the chemical overload when you order from the light menu, think again. Even the so-called healthier meals at these places are loaded with salt, sugar, and fat. Certain menu items may indeed be lower in fat but they are still pumped with preservatives to help prolong their shelf life and reduce the company's overhead. Fast food is indeed cheaper than buying fresh food at the store. That's because the food they sell bears little resemblance to what you would buy in the grocery store. If you're often in a hurry, look into meal planning like our Menu-Mailers and freezer cooking. If you're on a budget, clip coupons and scour sales flyers.
Think about it: one fast food meal usually contains more sodium, fat, and calories than you should consume throughout an entire day. YIKES! It's also full of unnatural chemicals that your body doesn't recognize and doesn't know what to do with. DOUBLE YIKES! Is it really worth saving a little bit of time and money tonight if it means shortening your life in the long run? You still "lovin' it"?