Popularity of Fast Foods
Fast food is defined as the food that is easy to prepare, has a low quality in preparation and can usually be served to the customer in a prepackaged form. Fast food is designed to be eaten on the go without the formality of cutlery and is generally eaten as finger foods. In India, the fast food craze is rising amongst youngsters every day. People now consume more roadside junk and snacks than they did before, not considering the health factors or the quality of ingredients that are used in preparing them. Rather than eating homemade food, working people and school children prefer eating fast foods, which are tasty and pocket-friendly at the same time. The most popular foods are kebabs, rolls, fries, Pizzas, bhelpuri, chaat, panipuri or phuchkas, samosas, dosas, dahivada.s, dhokla, and many others.
The fast food craze is slowly making people forger the taste and health benefits of home cooked food. People working in tight shifts and late hours have little or no time to cook meals. They are regular consumers of McDonald’s, Burger King or Pizza Hut. Thousands of fast food chains have cropped up in the recent years. Apart from these chains, there have been the regular road and beach side eateries which have been serving fast food for years. The quality of food in these places is questionable, but people pay more attention to the taste than the quality. Cities like Mumbai are becoming famous worldwide for their fast food stalls, especially by the famous beaches.
Popularity of junk food, is seeing an increase in a lot of serious ailments like Cancer, Ulcers, Hepatitis, Skin diseases, Stomach disorders and so on. Though people are aware about these health threats through newspapers, magazines and television, it makes little or no difference in the consumption of fast food. If proper awareness is not created, and steps taken, India will join ranks with the rest of the countries struggling with obesity and other health problems as a result of this fast food culture.