Cheesy pizzas, burgers, French fries, hot chocolate, noodles, and pastries! Junk food has become a part and parcel of our life. In today’s busy schedules, a lot of people consume calories from processed, fast and junk food. This is for a variety of reasons, convenience, affordable price and appealing to the taste buds. For children, who do not always understand the consequences of their eating habits and junk food let us tell you that junk or processed food is extremely unhealthy. In the following article, let us explain to you some common health hazards of consuming fattening junk food regularly.
The book Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food, Andre F. Smith defines junk food as, “those commercial products, including candy, bakery goods, ice cream, salty snacks, and soft drinks, which have little or no nutritional value but do have plenty of calories, salt, and fats. While not all fast foods are junk foods, most are. Fast foods are ready-to-eat foods served promptly after ordering.”
- Obesity: Consuming junk food on a regular basis increases the risk of obesity. The presence of artificial sweeteners, chemicals, preservatives, calories and unhealthy fats lead to excessive weight gain. Obesity can further lead to many medical issues like diabetes, joint pain, high blood pressure, and heart diseases.
- Effects the brain function: As mentioned earlier, junk foods are loaded with high sugar and fats that can cause certain chemical reactions in the brain which can hamper its functioning. Excessive consumption of it, makes the body lose essential nutrients and amino acids. These symptoms eventually lead to the inability of the brain to deal with stress and can make you feel depressed.
- Heart issues: Fatty ingredients and excessive oil are inseparable from junk foods. These ingredients increase the presence of cholesterol in the body, which begins to deposit along the lines of the arteries and clogs them. Therefore, too much consumption of junk food can lead to heart problems in the long run.
- Digestive issues: Junk food lacks any necessary nutrients, primarily fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This makes them difficult to digest as well as lead to other digestive issues like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or intestine related issues.
- Increased sugar levels: Junk foods and beverages are loaded with sugar which can lead to an increased risk of high blood sugar levels. Sugar in energy drinks and colas directly impacts the liver, causing insulin secretion issues and can lead to type 2 diabetes at a very early stage in life.