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A 21-year-old male asked:

If i eat fast food once every two week. will it cause heart attacks or problems? i am 21

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
It depends...: Good question. Certainly fast food is bad for us & increases risk of heart attacks, cancer etc. However, it is often said "the dose makes the poison." i believe that if you eat healthy most of the time occasional fast food will not be so harmful, but it depends on how healthy you eat the rest of the time and also on your genetics. See my comment for more on the hazards of fast foods.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
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There are 3 main reasons to minimize fast food consumption- it tends to be high in sugar (esp. if you have a soda), tends to have a lot of hydrogenated oils/trans fatty acids which do increase risk of heart disease, and most are rich in GMO foods (like oils from GMO corn or soy, beef and chicken raised on GMO corn, high-fructose corn syrup from GMO corn). They also tend to have many other potentially toxic chemicals and ddep-fried foods are rich in carcinogenic acrylamides. That said, having some fast food once in awhile probably won't kill you. For more on why it's best to avoid GMO foods see http://bit.ly/19XAX7E You may also find this of interest: http://www.realfarmacy.com/fast-food-burgers-only-7-meat/#J6LcbOa8fZBpbQJy.01
Aug 29, 2013
Last updated Sep 18, 2013

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