Modern food trends (2/2)

In the first part of this short series of blog posts on modern nutrition trends, we introduced you to convenience food last week. You can find the full post HERE >>

In a world where progress and speed – intentionally or not – guide our daily lives, it’s not surprising that this also affects our eating habits. Quick and easy food preparation is top of mind for many people, especially those in the Western world. We take a closer look at resulting food trends in our series of blog posts. Today we are focusing on fast food.

What is fast food?

The word fast food derives from the english language and refers to “dishes […] that are characterized by standardization, fast service, and low prices.” [1]Modern nutrition trends (2/2)

Examples of different fast food offerings are:

  • Fast food restaurants with burgers, fries, etc.
  • Snack bars with sausages, hot dogs, pizza, kebab, spring rolls, crepes, etc.
  • Bakeries with sandwiches, donuts, cakes etc.

From a nutritional point of view, the frequent consumption of fast food dishes is not recommended, as they often have an unfavorable ratio of macronutrients (fats, proteins and carbohydrates). In addition, they usually contain too little essential micronutrients (minerals, vitamins). Elmadfa & Leitzmann (2019) write: “Thus, the products often contain too much energy (especially for a snack) as well as too much fat, too much (animal) protein and too few carbohydrates. Furthermore, they usually contain high levels of table salt as well as additives, such as flavor enhancers, and only low levels of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid.” [2]

Of course, if fast food is eaten and used at those very moments when it serves its purpose, it is perfectly okay to resort to this quick meal option. But this should only be the exception, because nutrition societies such as the German Nutrition Society (DGE), for example, advocate a wholesome and balanced diet [3]. And we at the Salzburg Grain Mills are also convinced that a wholesome diet is of great importance.

If you have any questions about this topic (Modern food trends (2/2)) or any other nutrition-related area, please feel free to email us at j.fuschelberger@agrisan.at .

All the best and see you soon,

the team of the Salzburg Grain Mills

References

Elmadfa, Ibrahim & Claus Leitzmann. 2019. Ernährung des Menschen. 6., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Stuttgart: Eugen Ulmer, S. 755-757

https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Fast_Food

[1] Elmadfa, Ibrahim & Claus Leitzmann. 2019. Ernährung des Menschen. 6., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Stuttgart: Eugen Ulmer, S. 756

[2] Elmadfa, Ibrahim & Claus Leitzmann. 2019. Ernährung des Menschen. 6., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Stuttgart: Eugen Ulmer, S. 756

[3] https://www.dge.de/index.php?id=52

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