How Fast Food Leads to Health Problems

The Costs of Fast Food

Fast food may be cheap and convenient, but the costs to your health can far outweigh the savings for your wallet. Americans now spend over $100 billion annually on fast food. Here are some major health issues that may result from eating too much fast food.

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January 31, 2014

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April 7, 2014

More About Healthy Eating and Diet

Healthy eating and diet is important for a person's overall health. A part of healthy eating and diet is understanding how nutrition plays a part in what you eat.

Nutrition is the process of your body breaking down food to use for energy in the body. Food contains nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water that help keep you healthy.

Some of the keys to healthy eating are:

  • Eat different foods including vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
  • Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy products, and beans.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Limit your sugar, salt, alcohol, saturated fat, and trans fat.

For more information and personalized advice on how to eat healthily, talk to your doctor.