There is no denying that fast food holds a certain appeal. After all, it is convenient, cheap and it might taste pretty good. And since you have a thousand errands to run in between work meetings and meetings with clients, it is of little wonder why so many Americans Hit at least one fast food joint a month.

But things have changed. You are now retired and you don’t have a busy schedule to deal with anymore. Perhaps now is a good time to give up on fast food. After all, you should watch what you eat and try to eat as healthy as possible.

Goldberg and Associates, your retirement planning firm in Atlanta, offers reasons why you should give up on fast food.

Artificial Ingredients

That Frosty you buy at Wendy’s may look like a sweet mixture and milk and ice cream, but that is far from what it is. That Frosty is loaded with all sorts of unappetizing ingredients including artificial flavors, thickening agents and even an ingredient they put in laxatives.

It Makes You Dumb

Fast food will make you dumb. It might sound a bit strange, but fast food slows the brain and makes you lazy. Studies have shown that children who eat fast food score lower in math science and reading.

Weakened Immune System

Your body really does an amazing job keeping you safe from the diseases that are floating around in the world. However, your immune system doesn’t function as well if you are not eating the right foods. If you are fueling your body with cheeseburgers from Wendy’s and fried from Burger King, you might start catching more colds, or worse.

Weight Gain

Eating foods that are high in fat, sodium and sugar might leave you feeling satisfied at the moment, but in the end, you could gain serious weight. Even if you order from the “healthy choices” menu, you can expect your waistline to expand.

It’s Addictive

It is totally possible to become addicted to fast food. All of the salt, sugar and fatty ingredients can cause you to become a fast food junkie. Your body needs that bad food. Don’t let that cheeseburger and fries draw you to the dark side.

No Nutritional Value

If you rely too much on fast food, you probably aren’t getting the vitamins and minerals your body craves. In eating fast food, you are putting your body in danger of vitamin deficiency or worse. The food that is served at these places simply does not supply the nutrition your body needs.

Anxiety and Depression

The food you eat affects your mental health as well as your physical health. When you eat all of the wrong foods, the lack of essential ingredients for a healthy brain can leave you depressed and full of anxiety.

Digestive Issues

Nothing ruins a meal faster than an upset stomach. If you are suffering from frequent heartburn, acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome, it could be due to an unhealthy diet of fast food.

If you have questions about your retirement, give Goldberg and Associates a call.