Fast-Food Secrets Revealed

The appeal of fast food is unquestionable. In a country where many people are short on time and money, it is a quick and affordable way to feed a family. Unfortunately, the benefits end there. Without realizing it, you could be adding extra calories, dangerous chemicals and unwanted pathogens. Before you head to the drive-thru, learn how to keep your family safe from hidden fast-food dangers!

Antifreeze Chemicals

Many fast-food chains use a food additive called propylene glycol, which is also used in antifreeze. It adds moisture to food, keeping it frozen, in addition to enhancing flavor. For example, it's used to keep the lettuce on your sandwiches crispy and ice cream from melting.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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