A sandwich consisting of a bun, a cooked beef patty, and often other ingredients such as cheese, onion slices, lettuce, or condiments. Often used in combination: a cheeseburger.
- A similar sandwich with a nonbeef filling. Often used in combination: a crab burger; a tofu burger.
Advantages of Burger
Low-Fat and Low-Calorie
If you’re trying to lose some weight but you don’t want to drastically change your diet, a veggie burger makes an ideal addition to your daily menu. Veggie burger patties are low in saturated fat, making them a great diet food. A regular lean beef patty contains about 10 grams of fat, while the average veggie burger patty only has about three grams of fat. However, not all veggie burgers have low fat content, so make sure that you read the labels. Some veggie burgers only pose as low-fat, but actually contain more fat than regular beef burgers.
Many veggie burgers also contain fewer calories than beef burgers. Some veggie burgers contain as few as 70 calories, compared to the average beef burger which can exceed 200 calories per serving.
Less or No Preservatives
Preservatives are additives that you will commonly find in processed foods. Preservatives are added in order to extend their shelf life. This may be a benefit for the food manufacturers, but there is a big health-related drawback for you. Preservatives such as those in meat burgers contain sodium nitrites, which can lead to life-threatening diseases such as brain cancer or leukemia.
Veggie burgers not only help you maintain weight and avoid bacterial infection, but can also help you prevent serious diseases such as colon cancer. This is because a veggie burger contains a high amount of fiber. This fiber is not only good for the colon but also beneficial to your heart. Red meat such as beef may be linked to colon cancer
Help Prevent Disease
Some veggie burgers can benefit your health by helping you prevent disease. For instance, soy (which is usually an ingredient in veggie burgers) is known to contain phytochemicals that help lower your body’s LDL cholesterol, also known as the “bad” cholesterol. This cholesterol can clog arteries and block blood flow, causing heart disease or a heart attack. The soy in veggie burgers can also help you avoid osteoporosis and other bone diseases, by helping your bones retain calcium.
The Bad Effects of Burgers
- Watch for Weight Gain
You will gain weight if you consume more calories than you expend, and burgers can be high-calorie foods. A double hamburger with mayonnaise contains 942 calories, and your meal can be even higher in calories if you order onion rings or french fries, with 480 calories per large order, and a regular soft drink. A single-patty hamburger without mayo fits better into a diet for weight control, since it has only 232 calories. Another way to limit the calories in your burger is to skip the bun.
- Guard Your Heart Health
Burgers can be high in dietary cholesterol and saturated fat. Dietary cholesterol and saturated fat can raise levels of cholesterol in your blood and increase your risk for heart disease. A double hamburger with mayo contains 21.6 grams of saturated fat, or 108 percent of the daily value, and 172 milligrams of cholesterol, or 57 percent of the daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Reduce your consumption by choosing a single-patty burger without mayo, which has 3.5 grams of saturated fat and 26 milligrams of cholesterol. Cholesterol is only in animal-based foods, and a vegetarian burger is cholesterol-free.
- Burgers and Blood Pressure
Burgers can be high in sodium, with a double hamburger with mayo containing 1,081 milligrams. A small one-patty burger without mayo has only 258 milligrams of sodium. A high-sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Healthy adults should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Limit your sodium consumption by avoiding salty condiments, such as pickle relish, which has 164 milligrams of sodium per tablespoon.
History of Burger
The origin of hamburger is a bit hazy and unclear. This is because there is no proper documentation to give us an idea about how the fast food came into being. Still, many people have claimed that the hamburger ‘patty’ was first noticed in the medieval times. Tartars (a band of Mongolian and Turkish warriors) used to place pieces of beef under their saddles. Under the weight of the rider and the saddle, the pieces used to turn tender enough to be eaten raw. Thus was born the initial beef ‘patty’.
A food item resembling the present-day burger, to some an extent, reached America around the 19th century. The dish, called Hamburg style beef, was brought to Hamburg (Germany) from Russia in the 14th century and when the German immigrants arrived in America, they brought it along with them. With time, the raw, chopped piece of beef evolved into the ‘patty sandwiched in a bun’. Thus, it can be said that America had a major role in giving the world the hamburger, as we know of it today.
Differce of Vegetable BurgersvsBeef Burgers
Vegetable Burgers In general, you’ll get less fat and calories and more fiber in veggie burgers than in their beef counterparts. The downside is veggie burgers are higher in sodium — although still in a moderate range — and lower in protein. When you eat veggie burgers, you typically get three times less total fat and seven times less saturated fat than when you eat average beef burgers, according to the American Dietetic Association. You also consume 3 to 4 grams of fiber, whereas beef burgers have no fiber. Nicole Kuhl, certified clinical nutritionist and director of nutrition at Life Span Medicine, says nutrients in commercial vegetable burgers vary from brand to brand, depending on the ingredient list. Veggie burgers normally contain fractions of soy protein, wheat gluten, corn derivatives, grains, vegetables and many artificial ingredients
Beef Burgers If you want less sodium and more protein, you may opt for beef burgers rather than vegetable burgers. Beef contains essential nutrients such as B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc. When you eat an unseasoned beef burger, you’ll get five times less sodium than you would in a vegetable burger, according to the American Dietetic Association. You should have at least 20 grams of protein per meal. An average beef burger has 20 grams of protein, while a vegetable burger supplies between 5 and 12 grams of protein. Kuhl cautions that beef may also contain antibiotics, hormones and toxins from chemicals on the feed. She advises buying organic, grass-fed beef to avoid harmful substances.
Prons and Cons of Burger
- If you are hungover even slightly, it is literally like looking to the face of God and having him wink at you.
- You get to experiment with all the different sauce combinations, realizing how artistic you are in your choice to combine sweet and sour and hot mustard.
- There is a chance that you could end up getting a burger that actually looks like it does in the advertisements, which is the equivalent of winning the fast food lottery.
- Chicken McNuggets
- You don’t have to worry about getting all dressed up like a functional human being to go get some food, you can just roll up in your Snuggie and eat like the resentful hermit you are.
- If you have a car, you can roll up to the drive-thru and get your 4,000-calorie meal handed to you without even having to put on shoes.
- Limitless straws and napkins, a privilege you are all too ready to abuse.
- A decent chance that you will get scalding hot fries, the most punishingly beautiful sensation the body can experience.
- Immediately hating yourself afterward with the fire of a thousand suns.
- Looking at the sprawled-out wrappers and greasy boxes of ravaged burgers and nuggets with the same deep sense of disgust with which one views a particularly zesty porn right after orgasm.
- Knowing that you are going to feel generally gross the rest of the day/evening, as your stomach is now distended to twice its normal dimensions with a screeching food baby.
- Eating way more than you intended to eat, even though you secretly knew you were going to eat absurd amounts of food.
- Realizing that you are indeed eating a box of chicken nuggets barefoot in your car in the rain while strangers look in at you through the window and wondering what that implies about your life.
- A decent chance you will get cold, soggy fries, also known as the most cruelly disappointing sensation the body can experience.
- Having to lie about where you went to lunch.
- Fluorescent lights.
- The moment where you have to psych yourself up by promising yourself that you’ll never eat this crap again, even though you know, deep down, that you’ll totally be here the next time you have a little too much to drink on a Saturday night. TC mark