Study shows that “healthy” fast food is no better for your heart

Here is a recent study I found in the Mercola newsletter that was interesting. 

“Twenty-four healthy volunteers with an average age of 32 years, ate one of three fast food meals during one week, a different meal the second week, and the remaining meal the third week. The fast food meals consisted of:

1. Beef burger, fries, ketchup, lemon-flavored carbonated drink
2. Vegetarian burger, fries, ketchup, lemon-flavored carbonated drink
3. Vegetarian burger, salad, fruit, yogurt, orange juice

Surprisingly, according to lead investigator Dr. Tanja K. Rudolph, endothelial function was adversely affected within 2 to 4 hours after eating any of these three meals, with no statistically significant differences between them.

All three meals also had negative impact on other cardiovascular disease markers.

Endothelial cells line the inside of your blood vessels. These cells control blood flow by regulating the dilation of the blood vessels. When these endothelial cells are impaired, it can lead to high blood pressure or atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries), which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.”

Dr. Rudolph states: “You can not prevent the harmful effects of fast food to the vascular system if you only add ‘healthy components.’”

See also: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition August, 2007 ;86(2):334-340 and  Reuters August 15, 2007

Apparently, eating fast food is significantly harmful even when it is just 2 times a week. Fast-food habits, weight gain, and insulin resistance (the CARDIA study): 15-year prospective analysis

We had in the past tried to limit fast food for our children to once a week, but when we saw this YouTube video on Mcdonald’s food we have decided to avoid it at all costs. If the food is so full of chemicals and lifeless that it won’t even spoil in a reasonable period of time, how long does it persist in the body?

Beware the fast food salad!  Some of the ingredients in fast food salads include high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, liquid margarine, and preservatives.   If you don’t have enough reasons yet to avoid fast food, here is another article for you.  Read this excerpt from the book Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser. If you ever wondered why McDonald’s fries taste so good or why your children would prefer a fast food burger over a big, fat, juicy, homemade one, the mystery is solved!

Unfortunately, as much as I hate to cook (and clean the kitchen) it seems it is the only way to go.

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1 Comment

  1. November 28, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Great site over here, you always have great info for us. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely come back for more.


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