As Eric Schlosser Once Stated In An Interview, “Fast Food

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As Eric Schlosser once stated in an interview, “Fast food is popular because it’s convenient, it’s cheap, and it tastes good. But the real cost of eating fast food never appears on the menu.” ("Interview with Eric Schlosser", 2017, Q3). Fast food is very popular around the world and has been around for a very long time, but the question that should be asked is, is fast food hurting Americans or helping them? The history of fast food did not start at the same point in time as the history of McDonald’s. In fact, the name and location of the first fast food restaurant are lost to history, but it might have been in Ancient Rome. (“The History of Fast Food in America”, n.d., para.1). McDonald’s was not the first fast food restaurant to open in…show more content…
One comparison showed that fries (regular) from Dairy Queen & White Castle were worse in comparison with fries from Sonic. Dairy Queen fries had 730 calories, 33 grams of total fat, 100 grams of carbs, and 1530 grams of sodium. Yikes! Moreover, White Castle fries had 700 calories, 34 grams of total fat, 89 grams of carbs, and 560 grams of sodium. Sonic had 280 calories, 11 grams of total fat, 42 grams of carbs, and 135 grams of sodium. Several of these problems results in obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. A large number of obesity results come from fast food restaurants. “Hundreds of millions of people buy fast food every day without giving it much thought, unaware of the subtle and not so subtle ramifications of their purchases. They rarely consider where this food came from, how it was made, what it is doing to the community around them.” (Schlosser, 2001, p.10). Opponents of placing nutritional values on menus say that it would have a negative economic impact on the fast food industry. Although placing nutritional values would have a negative economic impact on the fast food industry, laws should be passed in the United States requiring nutritional values to be on fast food menus because of the

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