July 02, 2012
Even Low Doses Of Fast Food Do Serious Damage

Nobody dare be shocked by this finding. Fast food is toxic, even in low doses. Once a week does serious damage.

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (JULY 2, 2012) The dangers of fast food are well documented; the portions are often larger and the food is generally high in calories and low in nutrients. Now, University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have examined the eating habits of residents in Singapore and found new evidence that a diet heavy in fast food increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

The latest research, published online today by the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, found that people who consume fast food even once a week increase their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20 percent in comparison to people who avoid fast food. For people eating fast food two-three times each week, the risk increases by 50 percent, and the risk climbs to nearly 80 percent for people who consume fast food items four or more times each week.

Do some people eat fast food because they want to die but don't want to be seen to be trying to kill themselves?

Get yourself back to traditional foods. (and FuturePundit thinks dark chocolate is a traditional food - it is certainly a tradition for me)

To arrive at their results, School of Public Health researchers worked alongside researchers from the National University of Singapore. Together, they examined results of a study conducted over a period of 16 years beginning in 1993, which looked at the eating habits of 52,000 Chinese residents of Singapore who have experienced a recent and sudden transition from traditional foods to Western-style fast food.

Vegetables. Fruits. Unrefined foods. Go paleo.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2012 July 02 09:13 PM  Aging Diet Studies

PacRim Jim said at July 3, 2012 8:49 AM:

Fruits and vegetables contain phytotoxins for self-defense. They do damage, but our systems are well buffered against the onslaught.
Ditto the agricultural pesticides.
If you go vegan, as recommended by Ornish and McDougall et al., don't forget the vitamin B12.
Then keep your fingers crossed and take a daily constitutional walk.

Lou Pagnucco said at July 3, 2012 11:48 AM:


Be careful not to violate "food disparagement laws" - sometimes (ironically) given the politically correct misnomer "veggie libel laws".

See "Food libel laws" at -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_libel_laws

To check what you can legally say about food in your state, refer to:

"Food-Disparagement Laws: State Civil & Criminal Statutes"

David Friedman said at July 4, 2012 12:23 AM:

Whenever I see a story like this, I wonder how well the researchers controlled for other variables. People who eat fast food (or other diets) are not a random sample.

Wolf-Dog said at July 7, 2012 12:12 AM:

But surely there must be safe types of fast food? How about a Tuna sandwich with whole grain bread? (Without MSG)? There might be preservative free Tuna or Turkey used to make this kind of sandwich you buy at the university store.

Is there a list of safe fast foods?

sabril said at July 7, 2012 3:37 AM:

"Whenever I see a story like this, I wonder how well the researchers controlled for other variables"

Yes all of these studies have the problem of the missing variable. Fast food is widely believed to be both unhealthy and declasse. What kind of person regularly eats fast food in spite of such perceptions? And what else is likely to be going on in their life?

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