Ideally, the amount of calories a teenager needs per day varies per individual based on their physical activity, body type, and etc. On average, a female teenager needs 2200 calories a day. Male teenagers ages 11 to 14 should eat 2500 calories a day. Older male teenagers can eat as much as 3000 calories a day to maintain body weight. These foods are definitely high in calories. These foods can definitely add up to eating more calories than you should in a day. Theses foods are just terrible for you. Unfortunately, you’re not really getting any nutritional benefits by eating these foods.
Not only are they high in saturated fat, sodium, and total fat, but they also contain Trans fat, which is the worst kind of fat for you. Saturated fats are mostly derived from animal products such as meat, dairy and eggs. However they can also be found in some plant-based sources. Saturated fats raise total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Unsaturated fats are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fat is the best type of fat compared to other fats. It can be found in olives, olive oil, nuts, peanut oil, canola oil and avocados.
Monounsaturated fat can actually lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and maintain HDL (good) cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in safflower, sesame, corn, cottonseed and soybean oils. It can also reduce levels of LDL cholesterol. However, too much can also lower your HDL cholesterol. Trans fats are actually unsaturated fats, but they can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Trans fats are used to increase the shelf life of processed foods, like cookies, chips, etc. Most processed foods now contain “hydrogenated oil” or “partially hydrogenated oil” or in other words trans fat.
They use the terms hydrogenated oil and partially hydrogenated oil, so that when people look at the calorie chart, they won’t freak out by the fact there is Trans fat in the product. By adding Trans fat, it can be cheaper for the company to make, they make more money off the product, and it increases shelf life. The Angus bacon and cheese and the McFlurry with M&M’s are nowhere near being nutritious. For the past 4 years, I have been aware that most fast-food restaurants don’t have many healthy options to choose from.
However, when I am on a road trip from Burlingame to Los Angeles. There aren’t many restaurants you can stop by, other than McDonald’s, Burger King, etc. I think fast food is such a big business in the United States and around the world because it a lot of people like the taste and it is very affordable. Even homeless people go to fast food restaurants, so it’s quite obvious that fast food restaurants have very affordable food options. Most people also find the food provided by fast-food restaurants addicting which makes people go to fast-food restaurants repeatedly.