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Local nutritionist weighs in on the effects of fast food and liquid meals

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A recent survey suggests U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food. (AP) A recent survey suggests U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food. (AP)

More and more Americans are taking meals on the go. Food manufacturers are more than happy to oblige. New products expected to hit the market by next year include Breakfast to Go and Bfast.

Pepsico's CEO confirms the company is looking at ways to "drinkify" snacks. By the way, after we drink our way through the day, dinner often is a fast food stop.

A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, on any given day, U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food.

UAB nutritionist Beth Kitchin says the problem with fast food lies not so much in the percentage of calories Americans take in as a whole. Rather, the actual number of calories and how often we eat it fast food matter most.


Kitchin says there is nothing wrong with an occasional protein or veggie drink. However, digestive muscles need to do their jobs. And the best way to get those muscles working is by eating solid foods. Also, healthy solid foods work naturally to give our bodies vitamins, protein, and energy.

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