What do you get when you eliminate gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs, and every allergen under the sun? Something gross, apparently.
80 Percent of Americans Eat a Lot of Fast Food. But What Counts as "Fast"?
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun may not sound like your idea of a "wholesome dinner," but isn't stopping peple from eating it. In a recently released Gallup poll, eight in 10 Americans reported eating at a fast-food restaurant at least once a month. Only four percent of respondents said they never, ever eat fast-food fare. But here’s the catch: the main survey question didn’t define what counts as “fast-food” — so what do these results really tell us?
Why it Matters
This year’s annual Consumption poll, conducted July 10-14, suggests our country is still dependent on (or at least has frequent hankerings for) fast-food. Of the 2,027 adults surveyed, 88 percent reported eating at a fast-food restaurant — including drive-thru, take-out, and sit-down meals — at least once or twice a month.
Even though fast-food consumption has declined slightly since the same poll was conducted in 2006, Americans continue to pull up to the drive-through window. But while some news outlets may have readers shaking in their boots over Gallup’s findings, much of the recent coverage fails to mention that the respondents were not given a clear-cut definition of what counts as "fast-food" when answering the survey. So what about that morning coffee from Starbucks, or the Subway footlong you ate for lunch last Tuesday? Do those count as fast-food?
The answer is sort of unsatisfying. The report itself doesn’t mention a definition, so we contacted Gallup to clarify. What restaurants constitute as fast-food was entirely up to the respondent. Some individuals may consider Starbucks or Panera fast-food, but others may only consider greasy-burger-selling, milk shake-serving joints part of the category.
Is it Legit
Yes and no. Even without an obvious definition of fast-food, the results of this poll demonstrate that a large percentage of Americans are frequently eating outside the home and choosing convenience foods from coffee and salads to the naughty stuff that shall not be named. Fast-food consumption has been linked to weight gain and insulin resistance, two major risk factors for type 2 diabetes  . Eating away from home has been linked to diets higher in calories and lower in micronutrients such as iron, calcium, and vitamin C  . While occasional fast-food meals or snacks on-the-go likely won't kill you, it's important we recognize the potential downfalls and not make it a habit.
Are you a fast-food afficionado? Do you consider a daily coffee-run fast? Weigh in below and let us know if Chipotle and Starbucks count.
- Fast-food habits, weight gain, and insulin resistance (the CARDIA study): 15-year prospective analysis. Pereira, M.A., Kartashov, A.I., Ebbeling, C.B., et al. Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Lancet, 2005 Jan 1-7;365(9453):36-42.⤴
- Fast-food consumption of U.S. adults: impact on energy and nutrient intakes and overweight status. Bowman, S.A., Vinyard, B.T. Betsville Human Nutrition Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2004 Apr;23(2):163-8.⤴
- Eating out of home and its correlates in 10 European Countries. Orfanos P., Naska A., Trichopolos D., et al. Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece. Public Health Nutrition, 2007 Dec; 10(12): 1515-25.⤴
- Eating out of home and its association with dietary intake: a systematic review of the evidence. Lachat C., Nego E., Verstraeten R., et al. Nutrition and Child Health Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. Obesity Reviews, 2012 Apr; 13(4):329-46.⤴
Comments Leave a comment
This post is really worth to read! I personally liked it very much! Its not only about various myths regarding fast food but also very knowledgeable.. I too like fast food, but if it is eaten on limited manner it hardly harms you.
After being in relationship with Benson for five years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the Madurai, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before two days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful Dr Madurai who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the Dr Madurai, his email firstname.lastname@example.org) you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or anything.
Starbucks and Panera Bread should be considered fast food. A big reason people go there is because of convenience. Additionally, a lot of what you can get in those places contributes to America being overweight. You should definitely try to mimic those foods that you like at home. On the other hand that doesn't mean you can't go to a fast food place and still make good choices.