Fast Food For Senior Citizens: Should They Really Eat This?
Fast food is delicious and can save us time. But are they good for senior citizens regular diet and nutrition?
Fast Food: French Fries
Potatoes, fried in a vat of simmering oil, and finished with a sprinkling of salt. What could be simpler? Apparently, quite a lot. Fast-food fries often have more than 15 ingredients, including sugar and artificial coloring. They also have preservatives like sodium acid pyrophosphate and tert-butylhydroquinone, which in high doses has been linked to vision problems.
Fast Food: Hamburgers
Ground beef, may contain growth hormones and antibiotics. And in one study, some burgers had over 100 calories more per serving than actually listed.
Fast Food: Soda
Sodas are chock full of calories. A medium soda at a typical fast-food place is about 30 ounces and has about 300 calories.
Fast Food: Breakfast Sandwich
Some of the ingredients listed for what one national outlet calls a “fried egg” include modified corn starch, soybean oil, medium chain triglycerides, propylene glycol, artificial flavor, citric acid, and xanthan gum. Propylene glycol is also used in fog machines and to make polyester.
Fast Food: Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are loaded with salt, saturated fat, nitrates, which is a preservative that has been linked to diabetes and cancer.
Fast Food: Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets have loads of salt and fat, which are linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Fast Food: Milkshakes
Besides milk and sugar, they can also contain high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives like sodium benzoate, and artificial flavors and colors.
Fast Food: Sauces
Sauces taste delicious, but they contain very high amounts of sugar. The sugar often takes the form of sucrose, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup, barley malt, or high-fructose corn syrup, or any number of other things. The end result is still the very quick delivery of lots of calories with almost zero nutritional value.