Junk Food, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is a pre-prepared or packaged food that has low nutritional value. The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food (which is apparently a thing) says junk food is “commercial products, including candy, bakery goods, ice cream, salty snacks, and soft drinks, which have little or no nutritional value but do have plenty of calories, salt, and fats.”
Junk food has less nutritional value to add to your physical and mental health and can cause some detrimental effect to your health at the long run. Are still in doubt? Here are 5 detrimental effects of junk food to your health:
- Causes Weakness; Junk food can lower your energy levels to an extent that it may become difficult for you to even perform your daily tasks. It lacks the most of the essential nutrients like proteins and vitamins required for maintenance of overall health and functioning of all the systems in your body.
- It Damages The Brain; Recent studies and research suggests that trans fats (a fancy term for ‘bad fat’) from junk food tends to replace healthy fats in the brain and interferes with its normal signalling mechanism. A continuous trend of such interference will damage the brain tremendously.
- The Chances Of Cancer Increases; A study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention revealed that consuming too much fast food that’s high in sugar and fat can increase your chances of developing colon/rectal cancer. Another study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, showed that men who ate fried foods more than twice in a month had increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
- It Leads to Diabetics; Junk foods are a combination of sugar, fat and fibre which after being digested in the body, get broken into soluble sugar that is absorbed into the blood stream. This stored sugar keep accumulating and when in excess leads to diabetics. Diabetics has been recorded to be the one of the world’s deadliest disease.
- Damages The Liver; Surprisingly, junk food consumption over a period of time can have the same harmful effect on the liver as alcohol consumption does. A study reported that people who ate junk food and shunned exercise showed changes in liver enzymes within four weeks.
So stay away from junk food people. It’s not that hard abeg- there’s always rice at home.
Written by Efe Ohworakpo
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