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Shocking Facts About Junk Food
Junk Food Real Facts: Each of us has tried similar foods. They are known to have little or no nutritional value and that is why it is not recommended for frequent consumption.
Nowadays it is very comfortable and modern to eat from the fast food chains. Yes, they offer lots of delicious meals, but they are extremely unhealthy. Full of fats, sugars, and sodium, they keep it invisible and irreversible negative effects on the body. For example, a burger with meat equals about 2,000 calories and viewed from another angle it’s like to eat 10 donuts, 25 pieces of bacon and lots of fries with salt.
Eating pizza is equally unhealthy and gives us 2400 calories and very high salt content. We know that saltly is very harmful to the body, it the main cause for fluid retention and, consequently, increase in blood pressure.
Frozen foods are equally harmful and dangerous. Besides having a lot of calories, they give bad impact on the body. Rich in various unacceptable and unhealthy additives, they slowly destroy us.
Usually, you eat large amounts of junk food with the excuse that you do not have time to eat normal food, or because you’re nervous.
Idea: The holidays are the perfect time to change your habits. The time for preparing normal food is more than enough, and sharing it with loved ones on the festive table makes you feel happy. If you’re nervous, you can meet friends, go shopping or massage.
Of course, it is not so easy to give up the habit of constantly snacking things. Therefore we suggest you change all wafers, chips, chocolates and sweets with healthy and low-calorie foods.
In this post on we will look at the types of content, the harm of these foods and ways to limit consumption of this type of food.
First, we will discuss the types of junk food
Junk food is all foods that come in fast food restaurants – chocolates and sweets, chips, snack crackers, popcorn, hamburgers, fried products, etc. The list is endless, so we will focus only on some of them.
What in them makes us want more and more?!
As a rule, junk food is a product thoroughly seasoned with “aggressive” flavors and a lot of salts. This greatly provokes our taste buds and after we eat such food, everything after this seems tasteless. So we look for the same flavors and aromas next time
What contain the junk foods?
Plenty of fats and especially unsaturated fats are contained in the junk foods. They don’t bring any benefit and often the oil in which the fried food is fried is used repeatedly and it is burned. This increases the risk of formation of carcinogenic compounds.
- Salt – huge quantities that make otherwise tasteless food very appetizing.
- Sugar – will be surprised at how much sugar is in every junk food, even in the salty foods.
- Carbohydrates – the rapid delivery of energy makes us feel good, to feel the pleasure of eating, but it’s for a short time. After passing the insulin peak we will feel hungry again and not for something healthy, but for another portion of the same junk food.
- Monosodium glutamate – this is an extremely powerful spice stimulating the so-called taste warts – umami. It is used frequently in Chinese cuisine, but not only. It is used also in salty foods, mixes of spices and instant (soluble) soups.
This is the secret to “fall in love” on junk food! The body is not supplied with important nutrients, but it is only fooled and this is often the cause of excessive eating and obesity.
Risks associated with the consumption of junk food:
- Lack of essential nutrients;
- Vitamin deficiency;
- Chronic fatigue;
- Continuous hunger;
- Cardiovascular disorders;
The complex of ingredients that has an addictive effect on our body is the reason to seek pleasure in this type of food.
Among other things, it is also very affordable. The reason – it is low cost due to the low quality of input raw materials and widespread – canteens, shops, supermarkets, chain fast food.
How to limit the consumption of junk food?
The gradual replacement of junk food with more nutritious alternatives is a step in the right direction. There is nothing wrong from time to time to “spoil” something not so useful – we are people after all. But nevertheless:
- Do not buy snacks – pretzels, chips, popcorn, waffles, chocolates, cakes, etc. If you do not have them around your – you will not eat them.
- Reduce the amount of salt in cooking. This should be done gradually because the senses, which are “waiting” the mix of sweet and salty tastes, will not be satisfied by home-cooked food.
- Patience – the change will not happen once. Persistence and time will give positive results.
After some time, when you try again of your favorite junk food, you will be surprised that the taste you remember is different. Now somehow you do not like so much – is fat, too salty and at the end is in the bin.
That is the place of this type of food to be – in the trash. If you’re still not quite convinced, here are some scientific facts.
Fast food slowly kills your brain
Fast food tops the list for the unhealthiest foods. New research conducted at the University of the Australian State of South Wales proves another injury that this food causes – namely, affects negatively the brain.
Throughout the study, rats were subjected, and for one week they were fed only with fast food. In all rats was observed inflammation of the hippocampus – a region of the brain that is associated with spatial memory. The memory of the rats also was sharply deteriorated.
About the same time, another group of rodents was kept a little healthier diet, but it was watered with drinks with high sugar content. It was monitored again a deterioration of the cognitive abilities.
It was also found that the process is irreversible. Even after switching to a healthy diet, the brain of rats could not restore its previous abilities.
Scientists are certain that fast food affects the same way and the people. Until now no one knew anything about the negative impact of this type of food on the brain. It was known only what harms it does to the entire body. The frightening is that this destructive effect of fast food flows very fast.
When you eat fast food, this leads to certain changes. Junk food changes certain chemicals in the brain, leading to symptoms of depression and anxiety. These fast foods affect the production of dopamine – an important chemical responsible for feelings of happiness and overall sense of well-being.
Moreover, dopamine helps the cognitive function, learning skills, alertness, motivation, and memory. And when you take foods that prevent its production, this prevents its functions.
Other foods that slowly kill the human brain are more foods that contain sugar, fried and processed foods, very salty, pasta, foods processed proteins and those with trans fats and foods with sweeteners.
How junk foods change the brain?
You have access to tons of processed foods that are rich in fat and sugar. And worse is that many people often search for them.
Researchers explain that the more processed foods you consume, the more your body wants them and the less you tend to resist the temptation.
A new study found that a diet rich in “junk food” may affect the way the brain regulates and perceived appetite.
During laboratory studies, researchers found that consumption of large quantities of junk food “blunts” the body’s response to the feeling of satiety, but also reduces the desire for variety in the diet.
It is not entirely clear whether the results will be the same in humans. However, this is another potential cause to add in the long “black” list of the junk foods.