Don’t act like you’ve heard it here first: burgers are not good for your health. And recent studies are showing that two things are increasingly going farther east: western diet and malnutrition.
As the people of the world seem to be living more and more in cities (urbanization levels are steadily approaching 50%, and will be up to 70% by 2050), there is another rising issue that seems to be of concern. We’re becoming more and more reliant on western diet menus – typical fast food products.
The main problem seems to be that as incomes rise around the world, people choose more and more products with high caloric value and a lot of meat. Most of these foods have absolutely no nutritional benefit, warns David Tilman, Ecology professor at Minnesota University.
The result: malnourishment. While in the past, malnutrition had one single, major cause in the form of poverty and lack of food. Now there is a whole new group pertaining to diets which low or no nutritional value: those who only chose to eat bad foods since those have become part socially accepted diets.
The main part of these diets seems to be made of processed foods, and the bigger issue is that they most often exclude fruits and vegetables as a whole.
The Western died also has an inclination towards over-refined sugars, or to processed fats. These add up to a total of one too many calories, especially if fast-food has a say in that diet.
There are four major health issues that rise from these unhealthy lifestyles:
You’re more likely to develop infections mainly at the hands of fructose and palmitic acid. These two throw your system in a hunt for a bacteria which you probably don’t have (E.Coli) and leave you with mild inflammatory conditions.
These diets increase the risk of obesity and of diabetes. In 2014, there were 600 million obese adults, and 2 billion overweight, the World Health Organization warns. Diabetes, by comparison, affected 374 million last year. Obesity can cause complications in articulations and other leg problems, which, linked with diabetes, can easily become fatal.
The diets also transform and replace the bacteria in your gut from beneficial ones to bad ones (like those from palmitic acid).
Last but not least comes the increased risk of cancer which is also linked to obesity. The rate of mortality from colon is increased proportionally to the number of gut bacteria. That of prostate cancer is increased up to 2.5 times.
So, here you have it all again. If you’re still not convinced to give up McDonalds, than I don’t know what will.
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