Dec 192019
Fast Food Definition – Everything You Need To Know About Fast Food

The concept of fast food is a style of food where food is prepared and used to consume quickly in specialized establishments.

One of the most important characteristics of fast food is the homogeneity of the establishments where it is served, as well as the absence of waiters serving at the table, and the fact that the food is served without cutlery.

In this article, we will tell you about fast food, its advantages, and its disadvantages. Read on!



History of Fast Food

In India, Fast Food has been customary since ancient times to serve street food, some may be pakoras, Papri Chaat, Bhelpuri, Panipuri, etc.

With the arrival of the popular drive-through in the 1940s in the United States, a period in which it becomes very popular to serve meals without having to leave a car.


The concept of “fast food” is installed in the life of the West. The meals are served on the street or in some countries are offered in the local public called food carts. The hamburger becomes very popular in American cuisine.

In the mid-twentieth century, a food entrepreneur in the United States named Gerry Thomas marketed for the first time what is called prepared food (TV dinner).

With this invention, a person without much effort is in a few minutes with a dish prepared at home. It became very popular in convenience stores and for this reason, food prepared as “convenience food” is also known.

In the late 1990s, movements against fast food begin to appear and denounce some aspects of the little information, the high fat, sugar and calorie content of some of their foods (the term junk food appeared).


At the beginning of the 21st century, certain currents contrary to fast food emerge, such as the Slow Food movement born in 1984, which aims to fight the habits that introduce fast food into our lives.

Social pressure increases and some fast-food restaurant chains like McDonald’s announced in March 2006 that they will include nutritional information in the packaging of all their products.



Features of Fast Food

One of the most important characteristics of fast food is that it can be consumed without the use of cutlery, such as pizzas, hamburgers, fried chicken, sandwiches, French fries, onion rings, etc.

This feature allows different types of services: local consumption, local collection, and street or home consumption.

It is also characteristic that in most fast food establishments, there are no waiters or table service – although there are usually staff in charge of collecting and cleaning the tables, preparing them for new diners.


People must queue to order and Pay for the food, which is delivered instantly or after a short time, so that you can later go to enjoy it, sitting at the premises or elsewhere.

The fact that there is no proper table service makes it frequent for establishments to “invite” customers to collect food by depositing the remains in garbage cans and tooling (often only the tray) in a place arranged for this purpose.

Fast food is often made with ingredients, which are formulated to achieve certain flavors and to preserve freshness.

The processing of processed foods is the set of stages and methods to make a more pleasant and edible food, from cheap ingredients.


This makes it usually qualified as junk food or junk food.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Fast Food

It is no secret that most people find fast food delicious; perhaps because of its shape, its colors, its flavors or those distinctive and unique textures that arouse a world of sensations in our palates are the reasons why we like them so much.

What must be said is that behind that pretty face, there is a dark side that affects our health in the short and long term. Here are the Advantages and Disadvantages of fast food.

Because some people like to take care of our diet, not all fast food is “junk,” what we mean is that today in the famous “Fast Food” restaurants, we don’t find only hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.

Now, we can find salads of any kind and other dishes that are one hundred percent vegetarian and that will surely help us to eat a healthy diet. Or is this just clever marketing?


Another advantage is that it is ideal because if you have little time to have lunch at work or wherever you are, this type of food will fill you and you can continue with your tasks.

Most establishments provide food delivery service (ideal for lazy Sundays where you don’t want to do anything) that turns out to be very comfortable and efficient.

The price is one of its great advantages, it usually fits perfectly in any person’s pocket. It fills you for very little. They have nice flavors that drive us crazy as we mentioned before.

When you finish, you don’t have to wash the dishes, you just throw the wrap in the trash. now is it really healthy for billions of people around the world to be disposing of the world’s resources on a daily basis


However, it is also important to remember that whenever food is fast there is always a health concern associated with it, even with salads. For example, most fast salads are pre-cut and prepared with preservatives to save time (time=money) and prolong shelf life.

Preservatives have harmful effects on the body.

The biggest problem of junk food is the numerous cardiovascular diseases and obesity, which are associated with the high caloric levels that these “foods.”

Generally, when we eat, for example, a hamburger, we usually accompany them with liquids, yes refreshing, but very bad for our health because of its high sugar content and even salts that completely unbalance our body.


Home orders, although comfortable, are not always good because the deliveries sometimes arrive a little late affecting the few nutritional components of the food.

Superficially, we see the basic components, but inside each meal has a lot of preservatives and dyes that are very bad combinations for our health.

There is still time for you to decide to stop consuming fast food, it indeed has good advantages, but the disadvantages weigh a lot and your health is preferable, stop eating poison.



A Few Final Thoughts

Is organic food healthier?

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Reader Comments

  1. A great article that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. I myself do enjoy the ease of fast food ‘restaurants’. However recently (new year n all) ive decided to cut back. Your post provides a lot of facts that are very interesting. Great post.

    1. Best of luck to you and that New Years Resolution. Cutting out fast foods and sodas is probably the best way to help your diet and your health. I am just pleased that this post was able to support you on that journey.

  2. Hey!
    I turned plant-based 4 years ago and one of the reasons was just how unhealthy and preservative based the modern day diet has become. There are just too many health risks with consuming fast foods that for me out weight the taste which we will admit for the most part is great.
    I certainly believe that organic food is the way to go and I have seen many health improvements over the last 4 years.
    Great article and best wishes

  3. Good discussion. The thing that bothers me the most about fast food is even when one picks the healthier option on a restaurant’s menu it is still bad for you. An example would be a salad, add the dressing and you might as well have eaten a burger. Another example is the “Impossible Burger” it has as much if not more fat (and saturated fat) than a regular beef burger. That is so deceiving.
    No matter what Fast Food restaurant you prefer, educate yourself before consuming.

  4. Preservatives, calories, fat, sugar, salt and plastic. All good reasons to reduce consumption. I also think that junk food used to be cheaper but I find it is becoming more and more expensive. Another good reason to stop eating it. Love the intention behind your website.

  5. Great article. I used to eat fast food a couple of times a week, it is only recently that I’ve really started to think about what I’m putting into my body, and making a conscious effort to change it. A McDonald’s meal alone can be ALL of your daily calories if you factor in dessert and a drink too, which can’t be good for us. That’s not to say I won’t go there again (I love McDonald’s) but I definitely will adjust my ‘everything at once’ mentality.

    Thank you for drawing my attention to preservatives. Often if I go for the ‘healthy’ option, I don’t consider that there might actually be something in it that’s bad for us. I will definitely bear this in mind in future. Thanks for the great info.

    1. You are more than welcome. Watching calories is important when eating fast food. Yet I think it is equally as important to consider the quality of the meat and the other ingredients that they use. I wrote an article that explains this more. You can read that here.

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