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12A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, February 6, 1990 Dieter's Facts One of the challenges facing nu- tritionists today is to help people who eat fast food make healthy food choices. This is a very difficult task when one considers that 40 to 50 per cent of the calories in most fast food meals come from fat. Approximately 46 million Ameri- cans are served at fast food restau- rants daily. Indeed, fast food restau- rants appear to be a permanent ad- dition to our culture. While the fast food industry has increased employment opportunities and met the consumers' demand for convenience, it has also raised new concerns about health and nutrition for regular fast food consumers. A question frequently asked is whether eating a lot of fast foods throughout one's lifetime makes it more likely one will develop chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer, as well as obesity. The problem anses because fast food meals contain excessive calo- ries and too much fat, and they are often low in essential vitamins and minerals. The nutrient density of fast food is also a source of concern. Nutrient density is simply the amount of nutri- ents one receives in a food relative to its calorie content. An apple, for example, is quite nutrient dense. For about 90 calories, you receive a wide variety of nutrients --- vitamins A and C, folacin, calcium, magne- sium -- and very little fat. Apples also are an excellent source of fiber. In contrast, a typical fast food apple turnover, providing approxi- mately 300 calories, contains a little less than twice the amount of the same nutrients for three times the calories. In addition, there is very little fiber and half the calories are provided by fat. The concept of nutrient density becomes more important for indi- viduals who need to consume fewer calories to maintain or lose body weight. These persons must meet their nutrient needs by eating nutri- ent dense foods to prevent deficien- cies. This same process can and has been applied to fast food meals. In an issue of the new England Journal of Medicine, the nutritional value of seven sample fast food meals was determined. It was found that 32 to 55 per cent of the total calories in the fast food meals came from fat. Exceptions were a meal consisting of a plain baked potato with marga- rine. tossed salad with low-calorie dressing and low-fat milk and a meal of cheese p zza, tossed salad and juice. Both health professionals and consumers need to be aware that the fat content of most fast food meals ex eeeds the current recom- mendation that fat provide no more than 30 per cent of the total calorie intake. While the public does not have easy access to information regard- ing nutritional values and ingredients when they purchase fast foods, some of the major franchises have published nutritional analyses of their foods. Interested consumers may request this information from the franchise or from a local nutri- tionist. it is unlikely that most consumers will eliminate fast food from their diets entirely. Therefore, an effective solution may be to improve the nutri- tional quality of fast food and the eating practices those people who frequently cdilsume fast food meals. Moderate consumption and care- ful selection of menu items available at fast food restaurants is practical and makes good health sense. On occas=on, a hamburger, fries and a shake is not likely to destroy your or my efforts to maintain a healthy life- style, but is is not wise to make fast food a regular part of your diet. Kay Smith, L.P.N. at Monroe Health Center in Union, says "Preg- nancy can be an exciting, fullfilling, delightful time. It can also be a time of uncertainty and change. Every- thing seems to be changing, your body, your feelings, your activities, and even your clothes!! The best way to get the most out of your pregnancy, to insure an enjoyable experience, is to obtain the most accurate information. We believe health education is a very important part of prenatal cars along with the regular exams, good nutrition, and proper exercise." For more information call Monroe health Center, Union, W. Va. and ask for Kay Smith, L P.N. 772-3064. Chiid Birth classes are also available for those interested. "Being informed will prevent anxiety and worry and will make your nine months more pleasant and secure," Ms Smith said. IRed X The American Red Cross would like to thank the White Sulphur Springs Womens Club, and all the nurses, and ladies who helped make the Blood Mobile at the Eman- uel Methodist Church January 26 a t~ , District 12 BloodI Nurses Meet success. There were 82 donors, 6 donors deferred, 76 units collected, and 5 first timers. Sarah VanHorn received a one gallon pin. James Burr and Frank Bauer got two gallon pins. 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