Change is the only constant, sometimes it happens too much too fast, whereas on other occasions it's a smooth slow ride. If I look down the memory lane, I feel that the last decade and a half was the too much too fast part. Life, as we knew it back in 90's, has changed radically, especially the eating trends. Most of these changes have been for good, but the ever growing culture of fast food is slowly winding us up and taking a toll on health. Now as a fast food lover, it pains me to say it, but it's high time we must make some changes to how and what we include in our diets, and save ourselves some hassles in the long run. Keeping that in mind, we are discussing why it's time to ban the burger that we all like to dig our teeth into.
I know that has gained me a collective gasp, what with burgers tasting delicious, and how easy and quick it is to grab one in our time-crunched schedules, and yes the fact that along with its accompaniments, it makes a big fulfilling meal. But don't let the green leaf stuck in burger fool you into thinking it's healthy. The only thing it does is make you go green, and I shall put my case to persuade you may take this onerous task of excluding it from your meal plan.
You say why, well, here is why:
First and as everyone knows it, the irony of what makes burgers so yummy, the cheese, the pickles, the sauces and the fatty patty, is definitely not waist friendly. The whole components in the burger from the bun to the mayo are fattening. It's loaded and sometimes even overloaded with calories that we can definitely do without. It increases our calories intake way more than what normally we would shed. It makes you gain weight and that also in all the wrong places, (ladies can sympathise with me on that) hence also increasing the chances of obesity.
Next, they aren't just high on taste quotient, but also quite high in their:
Saturated fat content and;
All of which have been linked to bad health.
There are various studies that suggest that saturated fat and cholesterol have a direct adverse impact on heart health. Not just that, too much sodium in the body can increase blood pressure, and give you all the troubles that as a health enthusiast you'll want to skip.
Additionally, the main concern is not the outcome but how it's prepared.
Owing to the ‘fast' factor, most things used in the burger are highly processed, which not just challenges our digestion, but also that there is no real nutritional value that we gain from this meal.
Not to scare you but to give you an idea, a single burger will have anywhere between 300 to 1000 calories depending on the make and size.
The sodium content can be up to 1000 or more milligrams, and the approved daily limit is 1200 milligrams. Not to mention all the fat.
Now, I hope you choose to stop, and if after all this banning still seems too drastic a step, I hope you start with the small change of limiting it to once in a blue moon and making sure you shed the excess calories and compensate it by eating healthier meals on all other occasions.
Change is THE need, so let's put it at our side and alter the outcome.