29 Mar Fast Food is damaging our community
Fast food has become a common staple of the American diet. It’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s delicious. In fact, studies have shown how junk food affects our bodies. According to research, it has an addiction comparable to cocaine. Not only has it played a dramatic role on our health, it has altered the chemistry of our neurological system.
The role that the fast food industry has played in the black community has been unbearably noticeable. Places like Burger King and McDonalds have specifically targeted low income, black children more than any other race. It is more common to see an African American working an entry level job at McDonalds then a server job at an average restaurant because they target minorities for entry level, low paying jobs. And they are most often found in low income neighborhoods that are dominated by African American residents.
Now we don’t advocate for anyone to eat at a fast food restaurant but it’s clear that we are the target for their business and it’s not for the better when concerning our people. African Americans are more likely to overindulge on fast food, making it to be our core nutritional value. This combined with our susceptibility to high blood pressure and diabetes can be deadly. For example, fast food has lots of sodium and grease. Too much sodium in your blood can cause your blood pressure to increase and constrict your veins. Not only is this bad for your heart it’s also bad for your brain and can be the main cause of a stroke.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. There are so many aspects of your daily health that is damaged by your daily intake of fast food. Unhealthy eating can attribute to a limited mental capacity. Meaning that both your mood and intelligence can be deeply impacted for the worse when consuming fast food. It can affect your internal organs causing them to dysfunction or stop working. It can also affect your reproductive system and sexual health. Not only does fast food make you less appealing, it physically lowers your sex drive.
Fortunately for you, there are fast, cheap and delicious alternatives that can wean you off of the fast food diet. In fact, we recommend that you avoid fried food and unhealthy choices completely. Let 2016 be the year of feeling healthier and moderating your consumption choices. If you’re interested in learning about how you can make that change, join our newsletter and continue to read our blog posts.
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