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Fast food

Fast food

Overview

Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking. While convenient for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may contribute to undesired weight gain.

Review Date 6/14/2011

Updated by: A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine (11/18/2009).