Why happy meal isn’t necessarily happy?

We all know that fast food is not good for health. We also know that when we feel hungry and our body needs something to eat, going to a fast food restaurant isn’t necessarily the right option. But even after knowing that it is bad for health, we still find ourselves going there.

One of the few reasons why people go is because:
1. You get food quickly – in a few minutes.
2. The food is reasonable priced.
3. The food is mostly fried (read unhealthy) which obviously taste good.

No matter what I say, it is hard to convince hard core fast food eaters to not go there. But here are a few interesting facts about fast food chains that most people might not know and probably after reading this, you might think twice before ordering that Big Mac.

1. The fast food giant corporations invest in vast portions of land in poor countries, evicting the small farmers that live there growing food for their own people. Out of 40 of the world’s poorest countries, 36 export food to the USA – the wealthiest.

2. Some Third World countries, where most children are undernourished, are actually exporting their staple crops as animal feed to fatten cattle for turning into burgers in the ‘First World’. Millions of acres of the best farmland in poor countries are being used for our benefit while people there are starving.

3. The fast food corporations use lethal poisons to destroy vast areas of Central American rainforest to create grazing pastures for cattle to be sent back to the States as burgers and pet food, and to provide fast-food packaging materials.

4. Lot of these fast food chains depend on the labor of young people for their profits. Most of their workers are under 21. The production-line system deskills the work itself, so there is no need to employ chefs or qualified staff – just anybody prepared to work for low wages.

Research has shown that a large proportion of people who use fast-food places do so because they are there – not because they particularly like the food or feel hungry. There are loads of cheap, tasty and nutritious alternatives to a fast food diet – like fresh fruit of all kinds, a huge variety of local vegetables, cereals, pulses, beans, rice, nuts, wholegrain foods, soya drinks etc. Now is a really good time for change.

I am not against eating meat. I love meat too but eat it the right way. Everyday loads of people consume processed and fast food which are generally high in sodium and fat content and provide very little nutritional value. The pleasure of preparing healthy food and sharing good meals is a vital part of the process of ordinary people taking control of their lives to create a better society, instead of leaving their futures in the cynical, reedy hands of corporations.

Unfortunately we tend to undervalue our personal responsibility and influence. All change in society starts from individuals taking the time to think about the way they live and acting on their belief.

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