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The Dire Effects of Fast Foods  

 

We live in a convenient and comfortable life here in Singapore. Our lives are too convenient and comfortable that we no longer cook and we want to be served. There is nothing wrong if we eat out especially if we are too tired and exhausted from work. However, too much fast food is bad. Fast food refers to foods that are served quickly. Fast foods are highly processed and hold large amounts of fats, sugar, sodium, calories and carbohydrates.

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We have to remember that too much fast food can affect our body. We do not see or feel its implications now but surely, it will come to claim something in due time. There are many Singaporeans who still adore fast foods despite knowing its dire effects. They just ignore the implications and just indulge their cravings.

This is the perfect time to review the dire effects of fast foods on our body. Here’s a peek:

  • It can affect the digestive and cardiovascular systems: It was mentioned earlier that fast foods hold large amounts of calories and carbohydrates. When we take large amounts of carbohydrates, our blood sugar spikes which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Too much calories can add extra weight which can contribute to heart disease.
  • It can affect the respiratory system: When we are obese, we will encounter respiratory problems like shortness of breath. Treating respiratory illness may be complicated.

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  • It can affect the nervous system: There are times that we endure headaches. There are many causes of headaches but we have to know that fast foods can also trigger headaches. Believe it or not, salt, MSG, processed meats and other ingredients can trigger headaches. In fact, if we go deeper, fast foods can also develop depression.
  • It can affect the skin and bones: We blame greasy foods for our acne but the truth is, they are not the sole culprit. Indeed, we are what we eat. When we consume foods that have large amounts of carbohydrates, it increases our blood sugar levels and in effect, can trigger acne. It does not end there because the bacteria residing in our mouth after eating fast foods high in carbohydrates will destroy our tooth enamel. Once our tooth enamel is lost, it cannot be replaced.

We have to remember that food is the fuel for our body. Whatever we eat, it will directly impact our overall health. With this, it is crucial that we select foods that can help sustain and nourish our body. Let us do away with foods that contain little or no nutritional value. It is not too late.

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Eat Healthy and Right: 5 Foods to Avoid When Eating Out

Cooking at home allows you to have a full control over your meals: You get to choose the ingredients, as well as the cooking method you’ll use. Eating out, on the other hand, makes it quite difficult to stick with your diet rules. Although it’s alright to indulge from time to time, there are still some food choices that aren’t worth gaining calories just like the following foods.

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  1. Salads with Creamy Dressings. Eating salads can help in achieving your fitness goals, but with the wrong combination of ingredients, your supposedly ‘healthy’ greens can turn into an extremely fattening dish. The culprit behind those hidden calories? The rich and creamy dressings. Don’t worry though, since you can still avoid gaining the hidden calories by opting for healthier and lighter dressing options like balsamic vinegar, or lemon and olive oil.
  1. Crispy Dishes. A dish described as ‘crispy’ is simply a euphemism of a meal that’s breaded and fried, which is exactly the kind of dish that you’d want to avoid at all cost. For healthier alternatives, look for dishes with descriptors like ‘steamed’ or ‘grilled’ as these are healthier cooking methods than deep frying.
  1. Bread Basket. Although we don’t take the stance that carbs are the enemy of dieters, having a bread basket placed on your table before your meals arrive can be a complete recipe for a diet disaster. We’ve all made the mistake of eating way too much bread before we even touched our meal. If you just can’t resist the bread’s temptation, simply ask your waiter to remove the basket or place it somewhere that’s not within your reach to avoid mindless eating.

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  1. Mixed Drinks. Mixed drinks sure are delicious, but remember that they’re also full of sugar. Instead, just order a glass of red wine, or a vodka soda, to limit your sugar intake even while indulging.
  1. Meals Ordered By Your Dining Partner. It may sound ridiculous, but you can be easily influenced with the food choices that your dining partner makes. If you’re really serious about losing weight or eating healthier, take the initiative to order first to ensure that you won’t be swayed by what your friends will be ordering. Just think of the times when you intended to order a vegetable dish or a salad, only to change your mind when you heard someone ordering pasta.

Eating healthy when you’re dining out can really be quite difficult to do, but by avoiding the aforementioned foods and meals, you’ll surely be able to stand by your diet rules and still enjoy your meal.

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5 Common Food Labels and What They Really Mean

These days, we’re all trying to be smarter with our food choice, but so are food companies and their marketing team. Here are five common terms are technically correct but may be a little misleading.

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  1. Free Range: For chicken to be called “free range”, they actually only need to be out in open air for just 5 minutes. Some companies even circumvent this rule by simply putting a hole in the chicken’s cages where they can stick their heads out.
  1. Fat-Free: Eating a lot of fat-free food may still fatten you up. This is because even if a food is fat-free, it may still contain sugar and calorie sources, which is what make us put on the pounds.

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  1. All-Natural: This is what sells to people who are against GMO and other progressive types. However, a food can be labeled “all-natural” as long as it does not contain any chemical preservatives or artificial ingredients, which means it may still contain ingredients made from other GMO products.
  1. Cholesterol Free: We all know cholesterol is bad for the heart. But do you know that cholesterol is only produced by animals? That means that “cholesterol free” olive oil other products that don’t actually contain any animal ingredients naturally will not contain any cholesterol and therefore their labeling as such is just taking advantage of our ignorance.
  1. Made with Real Fruits: Any product that uses white grape juice concentrate – a type of sugar alternative – can claim that it contains real fruits. So that fruity bits inside that we see is probably still artificial.

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