Last month we had the pleasure of trying to attend the Gluten Free Expo in Vancouver. To our surprise the line up to get in was extremely long. After sometime we were approached by an organizer letting us know that we were going to be unable to get in. The cut off line started with us and certainly went through hundreds if not thousands more behind us. Although we initially felt disappointed we were also intrigued to see how the organizers grossly under estimated the amount of people who were trying to attend. To their defense they had already double the square footage and amount of exhibitors of the event from the previous year. As safe estimation in my opinion. They simply had no way of knowing that almost 20,000 people were going to show up more, more than 4 times their estimate.
Fast food began as a wondrous concept bring wholesome food to customers quickly and efficiently. What has remained is the speed but what has not is wholesome or nutrition. Fast food is latent with high sodium, high fats (trans, saturated e.g.) sugar and pretty much the worst things we can ingest. So my question to you, is why are most people still eating these foods and why is this segment of food service growing especially in Canada? It seems like every time I head downtown there is a new burger joint or doughnut shop opening. In a time when obesity, cancer and diabetes are link to the above mentioned fats it is simply hard to believe that there are so little options for convenient healthy fast food in Vancouver. When I am in a rush or only have a short lunch break my option are completely limited. So our default is to head to the nearest fast food joint and then justify my time restraints against how awful I feel after I eat.
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