Preparing meals can be a tough job. On the other hand, almost all of us are familiar with the disadvantages that eating restaurant food brings with itself. I used to ignore this fact until a close friend of mine started working at Cox call center. He would order food every single day. Only to suffer later. Since then, I too started being extra careful and made some lifestyle changes for good.
Let’s have a look at the many dangers that eating access restaurant food, especially fast food, causes.
Heavy on the Pocket
I won’t deny the fact that eating out or ordering from restaurants can affect your health in all the negative ways. However, this habit can also prove to be dangerous for your bank account. Because the restaurant meal costs much more than the meals that you prepare at home. Moreover, the food that you cook at home can last you a day or two. In contrast, a restaurant meal does not last long.
So, if you have your money-saving mode on, then you should avoid eating out. You will be disappointed at the end of the month when you see your bank balance.
Higher Obesity Risk
For many, the most popular option when looking to eat out is fast-food chains. However, consuming fast food can increase your chance of obesity, as it is high in saturated fats. Therefore, get ready to say hello to your belly fat if you are a sucker for fast food.
Not only does fast food increase your risk of getting obese, but it also puts you at a greater risk of developing many other chronic diseases. Also, usually, we don’t opt for healthy meals when dining out, hence, worsening the issue further. You would be better off if you order healthy meals else, do not go out at all and just prepare your food at home.
The sad part about spending money on restaurant food or fast food is that it is high in calories and low in nutrition. That type of food gives you a temporary filling feeling. However, you will start feeling hungry just after an hour or two. That results in you eating more than you actually need.
Linked to Cancer
Cancer is a fatal disease that kills many every day. You should know that fast food that you consume could also contribute to an increased risk of developing cancer. Some of the common types of cancers that individuals can develop include prostate, breast, and colon. Therefore, you should avoid dining out frequently.
Eating out also increases your risk of developing heart diseases. The saturated fats that these foods contain can block your arteries contributing to increased cholesterol levels. These, in turn, may lead to cardiovascular diseases or even a heart attack.
Dietary fiber has an essential role to play when it comes to our digestive systems. You can find fiber in fruits, vegetables, seeds, whole grains, and nuts. However, the restaurant foods are not rich in all these unless you are ordering some good quality organic salad. But let’s face it, not many of us order salads while eating out. The lack of dietary fiber leads to constipation and related issues.
Consuming fiber is essential to have a healthy digestive system. Dietary fiber also aids in keeping the blood sugar levels normal. Therefore, you should eat fibrous food, and avoid all that junk food.
Decline in Mental Health
You might not know but eating out can also affect your mental health. In fact, researches show that eating fast food increases the chances of depression. Therefore, it is better to cook healthy meals for yourself at home.
Studies also reveal that eating a lot of restaurant food can weaken the bones because they don’t get the right amount of nutrition. Fast food is rich in sodium and a high sodium intake causes the bones to weaken. This may also lead to osteoporosis in later years.
I am sure all these health risks, not to mention the monetary costs are scary enough for you to refrain from eating out frequently. You can always watch cooking tutorials online and learn to cook easy meals. Involve your kids for a more fun experience in the kitchen.