More often than not, most people order burgers, fries, and sugar-filled drinks when they go through a fast-food drive-thru. While it might taste great at the moment, this type of meal lacks the essential nutrients we need including fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that a balanced diet would deliver.
“These nutrients are essential for both optimum health and protecting your body from inflammation and oxidation,” Poon says.
In fact, according to The Cleveland Clinic, the five most inflammatory foods are added sugars, trans fat, red and processed meats, too many omega-6 fatty acids (found in oils), and refined carbs—all elements of the meals you consume if you’re eating fast food every day.
“This list of inflammatory foods is almost synonymous with what you’ll find in one fast food meal,” Poon adds.
In the short-term, Poon says chronic inflammation may cause discomforts such as pain, fatigue, depression, weight gain, and digestive problems.
“And, inflammation is also a known precursor to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases,” she says.