In the fast-paced lives of today, fast food and junk foods have gained quite a popularity and there is virtually no one who hasn’t tasted a burger or fries. Indeed it is one of the tastiest foods ever made but the problem with greasy fast foods is that they provide a very diminutive amount of nutrients but a very large amount of fats and too many calories. Consuming a little junk food every now and then is fine but your body could be at serious risks if you don’t monitor your intake. Sooperchef has listed the ways how junk foods destroy our health.
Obesity and Insulin Resistance
According to a study by Pereira, M.A. et al., published in the January 2005 issue of “Lancet”, young adults who eat at fast food restaurants more than twice weekly are prone to gain excessive weight and are more likely to see a great rise in the risk of diabetes and heart diseases as compared to those who eat fast food less than once per week, as they reach early middle age. It was recorded that, individuals who consumed fast food more than twice per week gained as much as 10 more pounds and had twice the increase of insulin resistance. One suspected perpetrator of the excessive weight gain was the sheer amount of calories in that junk food.
According to a report of a study by Tasnime N. Akbaraly, in the November 2009 issue of the "British Journal of Psychiatry”, researchers discovered a direct link between junk food and depression. During the research, habits of middle-aged office workers were observed for five years and the individuals with more desserts, fried foods, refined cereals, fatty dairy products, processed meat and chocolate in their diet were more prone to report symptoms of depression as compared to their counterparts with a diet composed of healthy ingredients like fish, fruits, and vegetables.
Lower IQ in Children
One of the dogmas of today is that children love fast food. but it is proven that Children who eat junk foods such as burgers, pizzas, and chips before the age of 3 may end up having lower IQs than children who ate home-cooked foods with fruits and vegetables. According to 2010 research by Kate Northstone, a group of children were tested five years down the line and had an IQ score that was as much as five points lower than their healthier-eating fellows. The researchers deduced that the off-putting effect of eating greasy foods so early in life may not be changed by future healthy routines for the reason that it is related to stalled brain development.
Junk foods like pizzas and burgers, boxed baked treats like donuts and cookies, processed foods and restaurant-fried foods contain are packed with trans-fats. These fats produced by various types of partially hydrogenating oils have been linked to some serious health issues. For example, they are known to amplify your levels of “bad” cholesterol and reduce the levels of your “good cholesterol,” which will ultimately boost your chances of heart diseases. A study by Ms. Jean A. Welsh concluded that in-taking great quantities of added sugars in junk foods can augment your blood fats and diminish your “good” cholesterol, consequently contributing to the risk of your heart disease.
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