By definition, fast food is a mass-produced food item that can be prepared, and then served, very quickly. It is often sold in quick-service restaurants where sit-down, takeout, and drive-thru options are available. They are a cheap alternative to a home-cooked meal, though they also tend to have questionable nutritional content contained within most menu items.
The global fast food industry generates over $570 billion in revenues each year. That amount is larger than what some of the economies are in some of the smaller countries on our planet. About 40% of the market in this industry goes to the United States. There are over 200,000 quick service restaurants in the U.S. and 50 million people are eating at them at least once per day.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of fast food we all know and enjoy:
Advantages of Fast Food :
it’s hard to deny that all those fast food restaurants contribute to the economy as well. If they upped and went, then the country would surely suffer a bit financially.
If you’re out on the streets, or just really struggling for cash, then having access to fast food can be an actual life-saver. At certain times and with certain offers you can spend a dollar and get a burger.
It Offers Choices
Quick-service restaurants have evolved beyond burgers and fries. At Arby’s, you can order a variety of traditional sandwiches, such as a Reuben. At Taco Bell, you can order rice bowls. If you visit Chick-Fil-A, you’re encouraged to have some lemonade with your waffle-cut fries.
Disadvantages Of Fast Food :
In fact, many would argue that it’s actively bad. It’s getting better, but eating from fast food restaurants is still a pretty unhealthy way to go.
The saturated fat, sugar, and salt content all amount trouble.
It isn’t always cheaper to eat fast food.
The average price of a fast food meal is around $7 per person, assuming a side and a drink is ordered for each person. For a family of 4, that means, with tax, they’ll be spending $30 for that meal. Eating just one fast food meal per day, over the course of a week, means $210 will be spent on that meal. Smart shopping at a grocery store can be 75% less than the costs of an average fast food meal.
IT Affects Your Appearance And Mental HEALTH
Eating lots of fatty processed foodstuffs is a sure-fire way to put on weight and get greasier hair and skin. It can also make you feel worse about yourself.
Add to that the lack of nutritional goodness to most fast foods and you’ve got a growing problem. Poor nutrition can lead to fatigue and lethargy.