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Junk Foods Side Effects

Junk foods side effects

Have you ever wondered what does the term “junk” mean? Junk refers to a collection of miscellaneous items of little value or waste materials. Well, “junk food” is any high caloric food that provides a lot of fat, cholesterol, sodium or sugar with little or no nutrients; meaning any food of low nutritional value. Examples of such foods include: fried fast foods and salted snack foods such as potato chips, sweets such as ice cream, candy, donuts, sugary carbonated beverages, and many others.

Junk foods are usually offered anytime and everywhere at very low cost, especially in malls, supermarkets and cinemas. However keep in mind that those fast foods help you save time and money, at the expense of your health. If not consumed in moderation; they can lead to the following health risks:

  • Fatigue and lack the energy; since these foods contain little amount of proteins, vitamins and minerals
  • Obesity; higher intake of fat and sugar lead to decreased intake of healthy food choices, thus leading to obesity
  • Heart disease, hypertension, stroke and elevated levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides; high level of saturated or trans fats and salt found in fried fast foods can clog the arteries and, over time, contribute to high triglycerides and cholesterol levels, thus leading to many chronic diseases
  • Type 2 diabetes; because junk food doesn't contain the protein or complex carbohydrates that your body needs to maintain consistent blood sugar levels, your blood sugar levels will immediately spike and then drop suddenly soon after eating. This process will lead to type 2 diabetes on the long run
  • Impaired digestion; deep fried junk foods and sugary carbonated beverages lead to many digestive problems like reflux, stomach pain, ulcer, diarrhea or constipation
  • It affects your brain function; by triggering memory impairment and interfering with normal brain function