Especially if you are always in a rush and every minute means a lot, you surely purchase your food at chain restaurants often.
Yet, have you ever thought about the effects of such fast foods?
We give you several reasons why you should avoid them:
You can bet that your burger is loaded with GMO ingredients unless it is labeled as being free of them. The consumption of GMOs leads to reproductive system disorders, allergies, and more.
The most common GMO foods include canola, corn, and soy. Corn serves as filler in low-quality foods, and together with canola, it is very often used in restaurant cooking.
Factory-farmed animals live in disastrous and disgusting conditions, and not in the open sunny fields. Moreover, whenever they become sick they receive antibiotics in order to be semi-healthy for production, and these antibiotics end up in our meat.
- Too many Calories
One fast food meal provides the recommended number of calories for the entire day. These meals are high in sugar, starch, low-quality meats and cheeses, and refined carbohydrates, which damage your health. The lack of nutrients and the high levels of sodium make you hungry and thirsty soon after.
- Farmed Fish
You might regard fish as a healthier alternative to meat, but it is not the case with the one you buy at a chain restaurant, as it is farmed fish, loaded with pesticides and toxins.
Due to all this, we recommend you to never eat at the following 8 chain restaurants again:
- Cracker Barrel
They do not reveal any information about allergens and nutrients in their meal, and they are definitely hiding a lot!
Applebees offers meals which are simply too high in calories. Namely, even a simple appetizer contains 1,000 calories, while the sweet potato fries provide 1,160 calories!
- The Cheesecake Factory
Most of the meals in their gigantic menu are full of sugar, heavy meats, cheese, and refined carbs.
Its menu is loaded with sugar, processed ingredients, and foods extremely high in calories. For instance, their Slam Burger, topped with hash browns, eggs, and bacon, contains 1,010 calories!
- PF Chang’s
Even though they do have a gluten-free menu, their meals are too high in calories! For example, the gluten-free coconut curry dish contains 1,270 calories, 90 grams of fat and far above the recommended daily amount of sodium!
- TGI Friday’s
You consume 1,000 calories through their chicken salad, and 960 calories if ordering a turkey burger!
- Waffle House
The waffles here are abundant in gluten and sugary syrup, and topped with processed meats, like bacon and sausage.
Most of their foods are just too rich in calories, like the smoked chicken burrito, which has 866, the classic turkey sandwich- 930, and the chipotle chicken bowl-870 calories!
Hence, next time you would like to eat at a restaurant, skip these ones. You should find some locally-owned ones, which serve locally-grown food. In this way, you will eat a healthy meal which will not endanger your health, and at the same time, you will support local businesses.
Other included sources linked in David Wolfe’s article:
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