November 16th National Fast Food Day

Well, it’s food, and it’s fast, and it tastes good (normally)… so it’s bad for you, got to give a little, take a little. It’s not the quality of the food that often tastes good. It’s the salt and other seasoning but it does fill you up…and out.

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All of these restaurants owe their beginnings to Walter Anderson who opened the first official “Fast Food” restaurant in 1916.  It survived until after World War 1 when he joined forces with Billy Ingram and they formed White Castle in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. It stayed in business but was not widely known until the automobile became a way of life in the 1950’s. People would get out just to go for a ride and see the country. Fast food restaurants were a fast, easy way to feed the need for a moving population. In fact, Merriam-Webster dictionary recognized the the term “fast food” and put it in their publications.

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Today America is covered with fast food restaurants, it’s hard to drive down a city block and not find several all tempting you to come in for a quick bite. It’s not just America that has fallen to the charm though, American fast food restaurants are doing business in over 100 countries around the world.

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And all those secret recipes, that end up being something common, entice us to keep eating, and eating, and eating. Sure they add a little a little lettuce and tomato to make us think we are eating healthy but we all know better. The first Happy Meal appeared in June of 1979 and soon enough, everyone was following suit. Kids could get a fast meal with a toy! What else did they need!?!

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Well, whether you go through a drive through, eat in or sit on the curb if you get your food from a fast food restaurant it’s all pretty much the same. On occasion a fast food meal really isn’t all that bad for you, just don’t make it a regular part of your diet. Splurging every once in  while is fine.

How to celebrate – Today is your day to splurge! Have some fast food. You got your choice these days of breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try a fast food restaurant you have never tried before. Search out the healthiest fast food restaurant you can find.

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