Good health is the necessity of maintaining a healthy life style alongside your diet. However, you should be conscious about your eating habits and that of your kids.
That brings us to today’s topic “5 Effects of Eating Junk Food”.
The question you should ask yourself is this, Is Junk Food Bad for my Health? Well to start with, Junk food are in various forms and extremely popular. Also, this happens to be an integral part of the modern popular culture.
Foods that are considered as “Junk” include
i. Salty Snack Foods, ii. Gum iii. Candy iv. Sweet Desserts v. Fried Fast Food and vi. Sugary Carbonated Beverages.
Foods such as Hamburgers, Pizza and Tacos can be considered as a healthy or a junk food depending on the ingredients and method of preparation. Most highly processed foods usually fall under the category of junk, this includes, breakfast cereals that contains sugar or high fructose corn syrup and milled corn. Junk foods are high in calories and the energy content is not accompanied with proteins and fats required for a nutritious diet.
Let’s take for instance, two different people (Mr. A and Mr. B) ordering the same meal from different fast food joint, it happens that what Mr. A ordered for contributed immensely to his health while that of Mr. B contributed less. That’s to say, not all fast foods are junk. Fast foods are ready-to-eat foods served promptly after ordering. Some fast foods are high in calories and low in nutritional value, while other fast foods, can be low in calories and high in nutritional value as well.
Health effects of junk foods
- It causes Obesity:
Junk food plays a major role in the obesity epidemic. the rate of obesity in the next 10 years is expected to reach 42%, according to researchers. Children who eat processed food regularly as part of their diets consume more fat, processed sugar and less fiber than those who do not eat processed food on a regularly basis. Junks in children diets accounts for 185 extra calories per day, leading to about 6 additional pounds of weight gain per year. Obesity increases your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- It causes Diabetes:
Your insulin levels become higher when you eat processed sugars, such as the ones found in soft drinks and other foods that lack fiber and nutrients necessary to breakdown carbohydrates properly. Eating junk foods throughout the day causes chronically high insulin levels, and eventually prompts your cells to begin to ignore this important hormone, which results in a condition known as insulin resistance.
- It causes Depression:
Junk food can lead to depression in not just teenagers but adults as well, Hormonal changes at puberty which makes teens prone to mood and behavioral swings. A healthy diet contributes in keeping the hormone levels on an even keel, while a diet high in junk falls short of these requirements. Consuming trans fats, saturated fats and processed food is associated with up to 58% increase in risk of depression.
- It causes High Blood Pressure:
This is known as the silent killer, over 30% – 40% of people are living with high blood pressure which so many of them are unaware of the fact. What we fail to understand is that our dietary choice plays a major role in our health. Junks full of sodium and fat negatively affects your blood pressure whereby putting you at a greater risk for cardiovascular problems.
- It causes Heart Disease:
Consuming junk even as little as once a week increases the risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20%, then the risk goes up to 50% if you eat junks 2-3 times a week. This increase your intake of calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sugar from soft drink. Therefore, eating too much of any of these can alter metabolic factors that increase your risk for heart disease.
Junk foods look very attractive, delicious, affordable and readily available for us, but what we generally acquire from the junk foods are unhealthy fats and no healthy nutrients thus we feel lack of oxygen which causes the brain to function below its normal state. Junks are not healthy to the health which every kid and children must know because they generally love to eat junk foods.
As we can see, eating junk food is not just bad, but it can affect our overall health to a great extent.