The fast-food industry is massive in America as it is around the globe. It is, however, an industry that has begun to see major changes in both the food that is served as well as the nutritional aims of this food. Changes are constantly being made that are based on what the customer wants to eat as well as what we now know is better for our health over the long term.
For many, there was a documentary that changed the way that we all saw the humble takeaway. ‘Supersize Me’ was shocking and has left a bad taste in the mouth of many a fast-food aficionado. The problem was that for many, the convenience of these takeaways was the defining feature that meant they are and will always be a big part of modern life. There have, however, been significant changes in this food sector that will be ongoing and everlasting.
Fast food is convenient and is a core part of many weekly American weekly diets. The realization of this cultural linkage has been key to the change in the manner that we view and experience fast food. No longer is the beef burger and potato chip the expected go-to for the fast-food joint. Bespoke burgers, vegan and vegetarian content, and experimental replacement patties with gluten-free buns are now all the rage and a more commonplace find. And all of these are still convenient and quick.
The variety of fast food is the saving grace of a sector that has had to bear the brunt of the health and fitness drive of recent times. There are healthier fast-food options available than ever before; yes, there is the odd big player who has simply added a salad to their menus or carrot chips instead of the usual potato fries, but on the whole, the market has changed, and the demand for a cleaner greener fast-food option is now a reality.
There are fantastic places such as vegan fast food Chicago that will change the way you see vegan and vegetarian food. It is this variety that has changed fast food for the better and for the long term.
At the nexus of the convenience and variety is the notion of nutrition, and the one major change that has occurred in all fast food is the realization of the importance of nutrition. Reputable eateries will now advise on their menus as to the calories and ingredients included in the meal. Noting the sodium and saturated fats primarily, as it is these contents that made the traditional fast-food dripping in oil and covered in salts a health hazard.
The convenience of fast food means that there is no chance that, as a society, we simply remove it from our diets. However, with the new variety and a new mindset as to the nature of fast food, we are finding ways to revamp the sector. Based on the level of human creativity and invention, we will surely find a way to keep the cultural icon that is the diner and the fast-food burger joints without them adversely affecting the health of the nation.
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