Fast Food Business Booms

Fast food business in Ghana has been consistently popular for decades, for reasons that are pretty compelling-it’s tasty, it’s filling and most of all it’s cheap.

It is available from main commercial blocks to gas service stations. In short, it is available and accessible.

Much has been made in recent years about the health impact of these foods, but it’s done little to keep customers away. After all, a typical fast-food restaurant allows a family of four to eat for $20 regardless of the health implications.

Health experts regularly lambast operators of this business for peddling food that makes people fat. Critics even complain that McDonald’s, whose golden arches symbolize calorie excess, should not have been allowed to sponsor the World Cup.

Health experts say a typical meal from a fast food restaurant, say a serving of fries and a cheeseburger, amount to about 1,000 calories.

This is about half of the recommended dietary allowance. The tendency is for people to enlarge their appetites by eating beyond their limit because of being afraid for the food to go to waste.

A particular hazard is the E-coli bacteria that meat products are susceptible to. Because of the long supply chain through which fast food chains operate in, the handling and sourcing of the meat is very hard to monitor. This issue remains unsolved.

Ultimately, dining regularly or almost totally on fast food will pose serious risks to one’s health. But it cannot be totally blamed for health problems.

Mainly because it still rests on the person’s choice, there are plenty of fast food diners in perfect shape. The key is in moderation and smart choice.

Not only is fast food proven to be bad for the health because of its high fat content and the probable health hazards fast food chains are prone to, but also its bad effect on employment and the agricultural sector.

Employment issues are also abundant in the fast food industry. Mainly because working in a fast food does not require a college diploma or reasonable career experience.

Fast foods employ teenagers as part-time crew and unskilled adults that accept low pay.

There are widespread cases where workers were forced to work longer hours without pay.
The agriculture industry also suffers because of fast food chains.

It has led to mass slaughters of cattle. Because fast food chains require so much meat and poultry, their demand leads them to make deals with large slaughter corporations. These deals and practices crowd out smaller businesses.

Fast food domination has several implications both for the health of individuals and for the health of the entire globe. Ultimately, people can exercise their power of choice responsibly.

Be more conscious with what they eat and where their food came from. This is the starting point for a healthier lifestyle.

Top Dangerous Diseases Caused By Fast Food
Heart Disease
Diabetes
Stroke
Liver Damage
Respiratory Problem
Source: Nutra Legacy

By Felix Dela Klutse

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