Junk Food is a pejorative term for fast food, because it has little nutritional value. It contains high levels of calories from sugar or fat with little fibers,protein, vitamins or minerals.
Why Junk Food is Bad for Your Health
Food plays a big role in your life because you need it to survive. In addition, it affects the shape of your body and helps you grow into an adult. Unfortunately, not all foods are good for you. These types of food are known as junk food. They are foods that are high in calories, low in nutrients and usually contain harmful synthetic chemicals.
Why junk food is bad for you
Most junk foods are processed food; thus, they are no longer in their natural state. In addition, they are stripped of certain essential nutrients. Junk foods such as candy, chips, cakes, candy bar, chewing gum and ice cream are usually added with chemical preservatives and synthetic vitamins. The purpose of this is to prolong their shelf life, which can help junk food manufacturers and stores reduce costs.
The dangers in junk food
Some of the most dangerous ingredients found in junk food are genetically modified ingredients (GM ingredients). Independent studies have linked genetically modified food to birth defects, organ failure, infertility and cancer. Because most junk foods do not have sufficient levels of essential vitamins and minerals, they do a poor job of increasing your long term energy, boosting your immunity, and assisting cell growth and development. They are also very bad for your health due to the fact that they contain high levels of refined sugar, which is a cancer causing toxin. These are just a few examples of the dangers in junk food and why it is bad for you.
Junk food and health problems
Many of us choose junk food over organic food because it saves us money, but we do not realize how much money we may lose in the long run. Consuming small amounts of junk food is not a big hazard to our health, but when we consume it on a regular basis, junk food can lead to major health problems later on in life. Junk food is usually high in calories. Our bodies do not like to waste energy; therefore, the excessive calories are usually stored as fat, causing weight gain. Eating junk food for long periods of time can lead to obesity, vitamin deficiencies, heart disease and other health problems. These health problems can lead to very expensive medical bills.
What junk food does to your body
The harmful synthetic chemicals in junk food affects your body by interfering with the metabolism process and causing chemical imbalances in your body. These problems often lead to weight gain, fatigue, acidosis and other health problems. Furthermore, the refined sugar in junk food is one of cancer’s favorite food. When you eat too much junk food, your blood becomes acidic and saturated with refined sugar. This creates an environment for cancer, harmful microorganisms and parasites to thrive in.
If we can see how junk food affects our internal body structures, we would change our eating habits in a heartbeat. Since we cannot see how junk food affects our bodies, we need to listen to our bodies and watch for signs of health problems, so we do not destroy our health. Your physical health relies heavily on the types of food you eat. Avoid eating junk food on a regular basis so your health will not prematurely deteriorate.
A list of common junk food : Bacon, Candy and candy bars, Cakes, Chips, Cookies, Conventional burgers, Donuts, French fries, Fried food, Hot dogs, Ice cream, Marshmallow, Pancakes and waffles, Pizza, Processed bread, Processed vegetable oil, Soft drinks, Sugary cereal.
Candy and candy bars, Marshmallow
Mental Effects of a Fast Food Diet
Most people are aware of the negative effects a fast food diet can have on the body, such as weight gain, but far fewer are likely aware of its effects on the brain. The brain, like the rest of the body, relies on the key nutrients from healthy foods to function properly. Regularly consuming fast food can lead to debilitating mental effects including depression.
Food and Brain Function
According to the UK Mental Health Foundation, nutrition plays a critical role in the maintenance of good mental health. The brain requires a balance of essential fatty acids—including omega-6 and omega-3—to function properly. An imbalance in these crucial nutrients has been linked to a number of mental health issues. Experts have pointed out most Westerners consume too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3. Additionally, the trans fats found in fast food items displaces these omega fatty acids, thereby negatively affecting brain health.
Functional differentiation of the brain of a normal and obese man
According to research featured by the Huffington Post, consuming high-fat junk food can actually have a direct impact on the brain, causing chemical changes responsible for conditions like anxiety and depression. Researchers at the University of Montreal who conducted a study on mice to determine the effects of junk food on the brain discovered withdrawal effects after the mice discontinued their consumption of a regular junk food diet. The withdrawal symptoms associated with cutting back on junk food led to an inability to handle stress and thereby perpetuated a cycle of turning back to junk food to deal with these feelings.
Replacing The Essentials
Not only do "fast foodies" consume the unhealthy ingredients found in fast food, they are less likely to consume important nutrients on which the body relies. According to "Psychology Today," those who consume fast food on a regular basis are less likely to eat essential foods, such as fruits and vegetables, which contain important vitamins and nutrients that contribute significantly to brain health.
Fast Food Culture
Not only can fast food directly cause negative mental effects, the bodily changes associated with regular consumption of junk food can also lead to snowballing mental impacts. The weight gain associated with a diet centered around fast food can perpetuate stress, anxiety and negative thoughts about oneself. A team of researchers in Toronto also found that a society saturated with fast food culture is more inclined to become anxious and unconsciously want immediate gratification, even for things not related to food. Exposure to fast food logos and symbols seems to exacerbate feelings of being "time-stressed and impatient."