Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Burger, Fries....and a Salad?

Since the beginning of fast-food chains such as McDonalds and Burger King, the "all-American" fast-food meal has been a burger, fries and a soda. While this meal may taste great, it is very unhealthy for many reasons, one being the soda. Reputable studies have linked drinking soda with cancer (link) and obesity (link). Yet drinking diet soda is not much healthier, as it has been linked with increased risk for both heart attack and stroke (link). Instead, take the money you would have spent on a soda and order a side salad, getting a (free) water to drink. According to a recent study, "People who eat salads, salad dressing, and raw vegetables are more likely to meet recommended intakes for vitamins C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and folic acid" (link). This is an easy and practical way to cut your cancer, stroke, obesity and heart attack risk while improving your overall health and sense of well being!

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