Eating healthy foods and having an active lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 03, 2014
Foods4BetterHealth.com, a food and nutrition website that believes that healthy foods can prevent disease and illness, has released the results of its latest poll, which inquired about readers’ fast food consumption. The poll asked readers how often they eat fast food: rarely, once a month, once a week, two to three times a week, or four times a week or more.
The Foods4BetterHealth report (http://www.foods4betterhealth.com/youre-healthier-than-the-majority-of-americans-8752) reveals that the majority of Foods4BetterHealth readers (about 49%) said they eat fast food rarely, while 19% said once a month, 16% said once a week, 11% said two or three times a week, and five percent said four times a week or more.
The Foods4BetterHealth article “You’re Healthier Than the Majority of Americans” notes that the Foods4BetterHealth readers actually eat fast food less frequently than the average American. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, eight in 10 Americans eat fast food at least once a month, with about 30% indulging once a week—much higher than the Foods4BetterHealth results, but still lower than the results of a similar Gallup poll in 2006. (Source: Dugan, A., “Fast food still major part of U.S. diet,” Gallup website, August 6, 2013; http://www.gallup.com/poll/163868/fast-food-major-part-diet.aspx.)
“One of the keys to staying on a healthy eating plan is to constantly be aware of what’s actually healthy and what’s not,” said Foods4BetterHealth editor Vicky Tobianah. “We know that health education can be confusing, and we pride ourselves on weeding out the relevant and science-backed information from the health ‘facts’ that are just mere hype.”
The Foods4BetterHealth report notes that the average American knows that eating fast food is detrimental to their health, yet they do it anyways. The Gallup poll also found that 75% of respondents believe that fast food is “not too good” or “not good at all.” Yet, due to convenience and cost factors, many people break their health goals and succumb to grabbing a quick bite from a fast food restaurant; this, Tobianah argues, is going to have long-term ramifications. (Source: Ibid.)
“Eating healthy foods and having an active lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke,” she says. “While it may take more time and effort to prepare healthy foods, it will definitely pay off in the long run.”
The Foods4BetterHealth report concludes that more Americans should make an effort to reduce their consumption of fast foods, which have been linked to serious diseases that can have long-term health ramifications, especially obesity.
Foods4BetterHealth.com, created by Doctors Health Press, is a food news and health web site that offers readers information about the latest food controversies, exclusive expert advice, and health tips to ward off illness, prevent disease, and live a long, healthy life. For more information, visit http://www.Foods4BetterHealth.com.