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4 Surprising Effects of Fast Food

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4 Surprising Effects of Fast Food

By Molly Mann, DivineCaroline

For some time now, the media has kept us aware of the link between fast-food consumption and obesity, but Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 film Super Size Me brought to our attention the other, overlooked side effects of biting into a Big Mac. Spurlock ate only food from McDonald’s for thirty days and not only experienced fat accumulation but also lost muscle mass, began to feel depressed and lethargic, and suffered from headaches. His nutritionist even pronounced him “addicted” to fast food. It seems a burger is more than just lunch these days.

1. Hamburger Hangover
One of Spurlock’s symptoms during the filming of Super Size Me was a recurrent, intense headache. It’s true that processed foods can trigger migraines. Processed foods, including those on the menus of fast-food joints, contain ingredients like nitrate or nitrite, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and artificial sweeteners that are all “head-bangers.”

Nitrates and nitrites are preservatives that increase blood flow, leading to head pressure and pain. Food processors add it to their meat products to protect against Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes food poisoning, and because it gives the meat that fresh, pink color and “cured” taste. Makers of fast food also add MSG to enhance flavor and to hide the metallic tastes incurred while processing. These additives may make your dish more palatable, but they leave you with pretty nasty hangovers.

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11:20PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

The problem is the chemicals

5:19PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

This post deserves a larger audience.

11:46AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

noted

1:25PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Fast food makes me sick to my stomach. But never thought of it as a form of birth control!

6:42PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

interesting

4:47AM PDT on May 30, 2011

I'm really surprised about the link between fast food and depression. But emotional eating is something I know a lot of people suffer from. I laughed so hard at the make babies, not burgers!

5:23PM PDT on May 25, 2011

I love reading your articles. Excellent blog. Thanks for sharing.

10:34PM PDT on May 3, 2011

They say the first veggi kids eat are potatoes in the form of french fries

2:25PM PDT on May 1, 2011

I'm amazed! Although the majority of people do not eat only fast food for 30 days. Most people eat it occasionally, not daily. I don't see any problems with eating it.

5:55AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

Just a comment for dve.d regarding the remarks made about bread, meat etc. What you do not realise is that the fast food franchises pack this food with salt, sugar, fat and preservatives which are very damaging to your health and body. If you make the same foods at home they are natural and healthy as you stated. The fast food outlets are also amongs some of the biggest polluters. Think of all that packaging most of which is not biodegradable......

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Brain detox...??? -Yo no comprende...??? : ~ [

# 10: When in doubt, mumble.

Poor women always tend to suffer the most no matter what the issue.

I personally was working so hard (a mentally driven teacher) and afraid of hormones, that I ate well…

Sounds good. I need to make my own Italian bread in order to have it made with whole wheat flour.

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