World Ending Fatties? By Leo Watson
Are you on a diet and thinking that the food you eat is good for you? If you are, then you better watch out. Occasionally you will come across liars who tweak the stats on their products to make it look like their food is 100% healthy. Fast foods restaurants like McDonalds are slowly losing customers around the world because people are realizing how unhealthy it is… Trans fat is probably the worst thing you could ever have. It increases the chance of you getting heart disease, coronary heart disease (which can lead to a heart attack), Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, liver dysfunction and cancer. It also increases bad cholesterol (LDL) and decreases good cholesterol (HDL). Another thing to watch out for is that a few years ago the FDA (food and drug administration) came up with a very, very bad idea. They made a guideline that says that trans fat does not have to be listed if there is less than 0.5 grams of trans fat in the product. This means that some companies use 0.49 grams of trans fat, but are allowed to list it as 0. It seems like a small amount, but humans should only have a maximum of 2 grams everyday. Even if you don’t eat items that have added-‐in trans fat in them, you will usually eat 2 grams in products naturally. Some natural trans fat sources are from cattle and sheep at a level at 2-‐5% of total fat. Trans fat only used to be eaten from sheep and cattle fats, but now there is also quite a bit in processed food. Frozen yogurt is a very popular “health” food, but is actually fattening. It is low on protein and calcium, but has lots of calories and carbohydrates that can store fats in the body. Some foods are like frozen yogurt and can be very deceiving. Another one that may surprise you are rice cakes. They may seem harmless, but they have a lot of high gliseemic index carbohydrates that can cause a rapid blood sugar level rise. Professor Terrence Stephenson who is a spokesman for the campaign to decrease obesity from the Department of Health says, “This is a huge problem for the UK. It’s much bigger than HIV was, much bigger than the swine flu.” This is a big problem for the UK AND the rest of the world. People should try and actually read the nutritional information even though you probably won’t understand 75% of it. Just look out for the words, calories, sugar and fat.
Over the past few years, a lot of countries’ average adult weights have soared. More fast food restaurants are opening and they aren’t cutting down on fatty foods. The food amounts are actually increasing even now and I wouldn’t doubt there being a supersize, ultrabig, gigantic, mega mac that contains 1500 calories appearing soon… Dr. Walter Willet of the Harvard School of Public Health says, “It’s a myth that eating specifically high-‐fat foods makes you fat. Eating or drinking more calories than you need from any source, whether it’s fat, carbohydrate, protein, or alcohol can lead to weight gain. Over the past 30 years in the U.S., the percentage of calories from fat has actually gone down, but obesity rates have skyrocketed. Sugary soft drinks don’t contain any fat—yet the billions of gallons of sugary beverages that Americans drink each year have been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.” Some people are taking huge movements to decrease overweightness and obesity, but fast food companies are still very profitable. People who visit McDonalds, Burger king or Wendy’s regularly will have to cut down on the amount of fast food they eat. Going about once every couple of weeks is ok, but you should watch how much of it you eat. Even though the food might taste good to you, it doesn’t taste good for your body. These sites were very helpful in helping me find my information: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-‐fats/ http://voices.yahoo.com/fattening-‐foods-‐may-‐take-‐surprise-‐ 612457.html?cat=51 http://www.acaloriecounter.com/trans-‐fat-‐foods.php http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9345086/The-‐ worlds-‐fattest-‐countries-‐how-‐do-‐you-‐compare.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans_fat http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-‐17705228