Posts Tagged ‘Fast food’

‘Busy’ parents putting fast food on table

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Busy parents admit to having fed their kids ready meals and takeaways during their school week, according to a new survey.

The survey of the teatime habits of modern-day British citizen by Hello Fresh shows 50 percent of families call food once a week, with about 20 percent eating it thrice in a week, a Daily Express reported.

According to the study, people working outside their home spend on average one hour 21-minute-a-day looking after their kids, including at meal times.

50 percent of the six to eight-year-olds surveyed said that their parents fed them takeaway or microwave meals at least once a week.

And when they were asked which food they ate regularly, they replied crisps, chicken nuggets, ice cream and frozen pizza.

Source: ANI
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Consumers underestimate calories in fast-food meals

Monday, May 27th, 2013

People eating at fast food restaurants are consuming significantly more calories than they realize, according to a new study.

Previous research has shown that adults and children underestimate calorie content often by large amounts. However, these studies did not monitor consumer choices at restaurants or focused on a narrow range of fast food restaurants or individuals.

Researchers therefore carried out a large cross sectional study of repeated visits to fast food restaurant chains in 89 restaurants across the New England region of America: McDonald”s, Burger King, Wendy”s, KFC, Subway and Dunkin” Donuts. At the time of data collection, none of the chains routinely printed calorie content on menus.

Researchers enrolled a diverse group of adults (>18 years old), adolescents (aged 11-20) and school age children (3-15 years old). They collected receipts from participants to calculate the calorie content of their meals, and they administered a short questionnaire which included a question asking participants to estimate the calorie content of their meal. Parents provided answers for the school age children. The final sample size was 1877 adults, 1178 adolescents and 330 school age children.


How to eat to fight depression

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

If you thought bad food affected only your body, then think again. Because eating processed foods,junk foods, fried or sugary stuff and refined foods could affect your mental health apart from causing havoc to one’s physical body. Well it is true. The rising rates of depression could be partly blamed on the high consumption of processed foods in the present era. This should be of concern because of how much children these days turn to such foods from biscuits to fast foods, from fried snacks to soft drinks.

Whole foods:

Researchers at University College, London, found a 58% risk for depression in people who mainly ate processed foods as compared with people who ate whole foods like lots of fruits, vegetables, fish and unprocessed whole grains, legumes and unhomogenised milk. Whole foods are those that are not processed or refined. Whole foods also do not have additives like preservatives or salt, sugar or fat added to it. Much like how our ancestors ate their foods – fresh and wholesome.


Fast food affects liver same way as hepatitis

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Regular consumption of fast food items like fried chicken and onion rings are particularly bad for your liver, a study has found.

These fried foods have many surprising complications and dangers for the people that consume them, researchers have said.

“The amount of fat and saturated fats creates a condition called fatty liver,” CBS News quoted Dr. Drew Ordon of ‘The Doctors’ and author of the book, ‘Better in 7’ as saying.

What’s interesting about the new information is that even after just a month of consistently eating fatty foods from fast food restaurants, there are significant changes in your liver.

The fried foods do not just impact your cholesterol and waist line.

Ordon describes that the changes in the liver enzymes as being surprisingly similar to the damage that is seen by hepatitis, which can ultimately lead to liver failure.


Watch out for the hidden sources of salt

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Salt or sodium chloride is what we cannot do without in cooking. Sodium is an essential element the body needs for its fluid balance. Yet in excess, it can also upset that balance. And if you have been advised to cut down on salt or sodium for health reasons like high blood pressure, kidney or heart conditions, then it becomes a culinary challenge to whoever is cooking your food at home to reduce salt and still make the food palatable.

Under normal conditions our body requires only half a gram of sodium. But people lavish salt in foods to the point that they end up eating twenty or more times than required. Though salt requirements depend on outside weather conditions, and how much we lose through sweating, a healthy quantity is 6 grams or one teaspoon of salt. Salt or sodium chloride is only 40 % sodium. So 6 grams of salt furnishes 2400mg sodium.


DNA, not just fast food, to be blamed for obesity

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

It’s not just what you eat that makes those pants tighter — it’s also genetics, researchers have claimed.

In a new study, scientists discovered that body-fat responses to a typical fast-food diet are determined in large part by genetic factors, and they have identified several genes they say may control those responses.

The study is the first of its kind to detail metabolic responses to a high-fat, high-sugar diet in a large and diverse mouse population under defined environmental conditions, modeling closely what is likely to occur in human populations.

The researchers found that the amount of food consumed contributed only modestly to the degree of obesity.

“Our research demonstrates that body-fat responses to high-fat, high-sugar diets have a very strong genetic component, and we have identified several genetic factors potentially regulating these responses,” first author Dr. Brian Parks, a postdoctoral researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA said.


Fast food can bring on diabetes, heart disease

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

People who consume fast food even once a week elevate their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20 percent, compared to people who avoid fast food, according to the latest research.

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For people eating fast food two-three times each week, the risk increases by 50 percent, and the risk climbs to nearly 80 percent for people who consume fast food items four or more times each week. It also increased the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 27 percent.

“We wanted to examine the association of fast food with cardio-metabolic risk in Southeast Asia that has become a hotbed for diabetes and heart disease,” said Andrew Odegaard, Minnesota post-doctoral researcher, who led the study.


Top 5 reasons you over eat at restaurants

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Wonder why we tend to overeat in restaurants? It is just not the good food or the amiable company alone, but perhaps the ambience as well. Even when we are on an office lunch out, some how more food than needed is eaten unknowingly. Why does this happen?

Fine dining places to fast food joints do up their decor to encourage eating. When we walk into a new restaurant the first thing we notice and comment on, is its ambience – the interiors, the colour, lighting and music.

The following are the 5 top reasons why you over eat at restaurants and how to counter them.

Music: This is a powerful medium. Just as it has therapeutic effects on health, it is proven that the tempo of music influences eating. In places like fast food joints where the music is loud and fast, people tend to eat more bites per minute and chew hurriedly and therefore consume more amount of food. In smaller joints where they have the TV on, you are totally taken in by the distractions that you have no count of what you ordered or ate up. Avoid such places or if you are in one, then take a deep breath, mentally block out the surroundings and be aware of your eating.


Why messy homes can lead to broader waistlines

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Experts have claimed that a chaotic and messy home is one of the reasons behind being overweight.

They argue that clutter and disorganisation affects much more that just one`s state of mind and organising one`s home, streamlining it could have a similar effect on the waistline.

Also read: 5 super quick weight loss tips

`To set yourself on the path to a healthy lifestyle you must get your home environment organised first,` the Daily Express quoted Steve Halsall, founder of Fitness 12 Retreats as saying.

`A messy house lends itself to a culture of fast food and unhealthy living. Aim for a comfortable, clean and ordered environment and you`ll more easily change bad habits into good ones and get the body and lifestyle you want,` he stated.


Health news of the day: Sleeping late leads to weight gain

Friday, May 6th, 2011

When sleep and eating are not aligned with the body`s internal clock, it can lead to changes in appetite and metabolism. Late sleepers consume twice as much fast food and half as many fruits and vegetables as those with earlier sleep times, leading to weight gain.

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