Unexpected Fast Food Effects
For a long time, the media has been telling us that there is a serious connection between fast food and obesity. However, some nutrition experts have noticed that this “fast food” not only contributes to the appearance of excess weight but also has a number of side effects. He tried to show it in his movie “Super Size Me”, 2004, Morgan Spurlock (Morgan Spurlock). The author of the film for 30 days ate exclusively food from McDonald’s and not only gained excess weight but also lost muscle mass, began to experience depressive moods, and suffered from headaches. Doctors told him that he had become “addicted” to fast food.
Unexpected Fast Food Effects
1. A “hangover” from a hamburger
One of the symptoms in the Sperlock experiment in the film was a recurring severe headache. It is true that processed foods can promote migraines. Products found in fast food eateries and markets contain ingredients such as nitrates or nitrites, such as monosodium glutamate, as well as artificial sugar, which cause pain.
Nitrates and nitrites are preservatives that increase blood flow and cause pressure and pain in the head. Manufacturers add them to meat products to protect them from Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that poison food, and to give the product a fresh pink color and good taste. Manufacturers of fast food also add monosodium glutamate in order to enhance the palatability of the product and hide the metallic taste that appears during processing. Such additives make the dishes more palatable, but after you eat it, you will have a “hangover”.
2. Lost your heart? Fast food is to blame!
Sperlock also complained of debilitating depression during an experiment with fast food. Studies have confirmed that such malnutrition does affect mood. Scientists at University College London in England have found that people who regularly consume processed foods are overweight and have high blood sugar, are 58 percent more likely to suffer from depression than those with more balanced diets. “Of course, there are other factors and aspects of lifestyle, such as physical activity, which also matter, but most likely, nutrition still plays an independent role,” says Dr. Eric Brunner, author of the study.
Brunner and his colleagues reported that due to the high-calorie content, fast food lacks nutrients such as antioxidants, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, which have a positive effect on mental health. Such important ingredients can only be obtained from healthy foods.
Thus, it turns out that fast food acts in two directions when it drives us into depression: we suffer from what we get from food and from what we don’t.
3. Fast food reduces libido
The food we eat directly affects our physical and sexual health. In his book, “Eat this and not the other!” (Eat This, Not That!) Authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding analyzed foods that positively or negatively affect libido. Fatty acids, most of which can be obtained from processed foods and fast food, are the cause of the “national sexual crisis”, not only because they cause the appearance of extra pounds, but because they are the cause of biochemical changes that dramatically reduce sexual desire, as well as negatively affect sperm and ovulation.
Due to the fact that fast food companies such as McDonald’s and others have networks all over the world, the problem of fast food does not only concern America. The Italian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics is so worried about the spread of demand for fast food that kills libido that it has released the book Food and Sex, which addresses these issues.
“The accelerated pace of life does not allow women who work in big cities to cook fresh food, so they eat processed foods and junk food. Many cultural traditions associated with food are lost, and the consequences affect sexual health and libido,” the president says organizations, Dr. Giorgio Vittori.
4. Fast Food
In the movie, Double Serving, Sperlock ’s head physician says his patient becomes addicted to food from McDonald’s. Although this statement is a little exaggerated, the dependence on fast food is quite real, according to the publication Science Daily. High sugar and fat content causes an increase in blood sugar, and then a sharp decrease, so lovers of such foods become dependent on the “euphoric effect” of insulin surges.
All that is tasty is harmful
After watching Spurlock’s movie, fast food fans may become fewer, but according to data published on McDonald’s website, the corporation serves more than 60 million people daily. Imagine how much headache and depression there is in the world!