Some things never change. No matter what window dressings fast food restaurants add to their menus, the fact remains that, after almost two decades in the business, the nutritional content of the foods they serve is just as worse as on the first day they opened their business to the public, except for some very small improvements. This is the conclusion of the latest research.
Take for example french-fries, cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and the regular cola serving. The research led by Alice Lichtenstein, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, made a comparison of these meals’ calorie, salt, and saturated content from 1996 to 2013. After 17 years, the research group discovered that if there were any changes in the calorie, salt, and saturated fat content, they would be hard to detect.
The only redeeming value the researchers noticed is the diminished trans-fats in French fries, largely due to the switch in in the fat oil utilized in frying the potatoes.
You may be surprised, but the researchers also discovered that the size and weight of the servings remained the same despite impressions on the other hand. There are no improvements in the content of the foods.
The observation of the research group, according to Lichtenstein, is that obesity only becomes possible when customers eat all the food found on menus in one sitting. Eating them all together will add up all the high calorie levels that each of them has already. She continued: “this is pushing the limits of what we should be eating to maintain a healthy weight and sodium intake.”
Our limit is just 2,000 calories per day, according experts. One full meal at a fast food joint which includes the large cheeseburger, french-fries, and a regular coke constitutes 1,144 to 1,757 calories.
One cheese burger meal satisfies 88 percent of our daily calorie requirements already,
“That does not leave much wiggle room for the rest of the day,” Lichtenstein said.
Another research has discovered that children consuming a lot of fast foods are poor at performing their academic duties. Perhaps it’s a stroke of luck that their servings didn’t increase. .