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Almost 40 Percent of Americans Eat Fast Food on a Given Day

Despite all their talk about healthy eating, Americans love their fast food, so much so that on any given day 40 percent of America is chowing down on restaurant fast food fare. The numbers were gathered between 2013 and 2016, when researchers conducted interviews through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The fast foods people admitted to eating are all high in calories, fat and sodium without offering much nutrition, Time said. More men than women reported eating fast food; the age group most likely to eat included ages 20 to 39; and, most surprising, the higher their income, the more likely they were to have eaten it.

This coincides with a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that revealed nearly 90 percent of people in this same survey did not eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables. Truly, when these reports come out, sometimes it feels like we’re taking one step forward and two steps backward when it comes to making nutrition a priority in our lives.

One reason we are so confused about what is good and what isn’t when it comes to what we put on our plates is because the food industry uses cleverly designed advertising to trick you into eating their junk — and believing it’s “healthy.”

That most of these foods are processed is a given, as processed foods always contain added sugars, flavorings, color and other ingredients to make you love them and want more. But when you consider that an astonishing 60 percent of the food Americans eat is ultra-processed, meaning they’re loaded with added sugars, it’s no wonder we have a nutrition problem.

As the featured article points out, our struggle with weight gain and obesity as a nation is often fed by cheap, convenient foods that we don’t have to prepare ourselves. Fast food restaurants line every street, and what they serve is calorie dense and loaded with chemical additives that not only contribute to weight gain, but debilitate your gut microbiome — another issue of its own.

The idea that fast food is terrible for your health is not new. What is new is that there is a very easy, simple way to deal with this up-front. It begins with vowing to eliminate sugar and processed foods from your diet NOW, and involves learning how to burn fat for fuel to find a whole new life and body.

As I explain in my last book, “Fat for Fuel,” and in my upcoming book, to be released November 13, “Superfuel,” the kinds of fats you need to eat to burn fat for fuel are NOT the ones you find in fast foods. The good news is that adopting a ketogenic diet lifestyle can become a fun and satisfying way of life, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll most likely never want to go back.

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