Health Tips: Effects of Junk Foods
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Health Tips: Effects of Junk Foods

Effects of Junk Foods on Our Health. How Junk Foods Can Destroy Your Health?

Most of the people especially who are conscious about their health are now aware of the harmful effects of the junk foods. Normally, these foods do not contain any important nutrients that our body needs to work properly. Rather junk foods contain lots of unhealthy compounds and in unhealthy amounts, and these things hamper our health and responsible for many diseases and conditions. Mostly junk foods are high in harmful fats and sugar and very low in nutrition or sometimes do not contain any healthy compounds at all. Although, there is awareness and people are now realizing the harmful effects of the junk foods but still junk food business is pretty much on a high and sadly, children are the target and biggest customers of junk food business. So, if your children are breakfasting on cans of fizzy drinks and packets of crisps, then it’s your time for concern and action as well.

Junk foods contain high amount of sugar and other harmful ingredients and nutrition value of these foods are pretty low. As mentioned above sometimes these foods contain no nutrition at all. Frequent consumption of junk foods or prolonged consumption of junk foods leads to various diseases and conditions including obesity. Because of the junk foods addiction the cases of obesity (especially at young age) have increased significantly.

Junk foods are high in calories and also high in salt and caffeine as well. Soft drinks, chocolate, cakes- all of these contain extremely high amount of sugar. A can of cola contains almost 10 teaspoons of sugar. It must be noted that sugar in the junk foods evokes insulin spikes and which is responsible for metabolic problems. Also, junk foods are full of bad cholesterol, that’s why they are responsible for heart diseases.

The high amount of salt in junk foods makes them very bad foods for the people with hypertension. High salt amounts are responsible for increasing the blood pressure levels. Another extremely harmful fact about junk foods or processed foods is lots of these foods are high in hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils cause various health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, autism, food allergies and autoimmune diseases.

It is important for the pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding not to eat junk foods. According to a study funded by the Wellcome Trust and carried out at the Royal Veterinary College, London, eating junk foods at the time of pregnancy and breastfeeding can increase the chances of obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood fat to their babies.

Last but not the least, an artificial flavour can contain around fifty chemicals. These chemicals are extremely bad for the health and can cause diseases such as rashes, asthma and hyperactivity etc.

Effects of junk foods on health are pretty bad and scary. Whenever you think of eating junk foods, think twice. Think about the bad and deadly effects they are going to have on your health and your children’s health as well.

Sources:

http://www.healthfood-guide.com/fastfood.aspx

http://www.healthy-eating-made-easy.com

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070814212154.htm

http://www.dldewey.com/columns/hydroilf.htm

http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~sdellavi/wp/fastfoodJan09.pdf

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Comments (3)

You have done an excellent job on exposing the junk food areas of concern.Out of votes so will promote.

Wise words Sourav, good one.

Too bad junk foods taste so goooood!! Great article and excellent reminder regarding how important one's health is!

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