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Harmful Effects Of Junk Foods

Junk foods can hamper your development and may eventually make your brain weak and non-functional

01 Mar 2018
  • Informational

Harmful Effects of Junk Foods

Junk foods can be a treat to the taste buds, but the ill effects of junk foods are widely known. Its regular consumption can have adverse effects on your health and may cause irreparable damage to the body. Several scientific researchers have proven that junk food can leave you prone to heart diseases and may eventually make your brain weak and non-functional. Eating junk food affects both your physical as well as your mental health. Let’s deep dive into some details of junk foods and their harmful effects.

What are junk foods?

Any food with no or negligible nutritional value can be considered junk food. Most fast foods, including candy, bakery products, burgers and sausages, salty and oily snacks, or soft drinks, can be categorized as junk food. They have high-calorie content, salts, and fats. The more we consume these, the less is the intake of essential nutrients and vitamins in the body. Consumption of junk food can lead to a lot of health problems. Let’s look at a few of the harmful effects of junk food.

Obesity

One of the most major harmful effects of junk food is health complications due to obesity. The excessive sugar, calories, and fats present in junk foods contribute to weight gain. Obesity can cause many medical issues like diabetes, joint pain, and heart diseases.

Depression

Junk foods are loaded with sugar and fats that can cause certain chemical reactions in the brain, which affect its functioning. The body loses essential nutrients and amino acids by consuming too much of them. These symptoms eventually lead to the inability of the brain to deal with stress and can leave you feeling depressed.</

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Several scientific researchers have proven that junk food can leave you prone to heart diseases and may eventually make your brain weak and non-functional. Eating junk food affects both your physical as well as your mental health.

Loss of memory and learning problems

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated that people who ate junk food performed poorly in cognitive tests. It concluded that junk foods can deteriorate your memory and leave you with a weaker brain. It causes a sudden inflammation in the hippocampus in the brain responsible for memory and recognition.

Worsens appetite and digestion

Consumption of excess junk food leaves the brain in a dilemma. Excessive sugar intake can cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate and make the brain demand more food, eventually leading to overeating. It makes it difficult for the body to digest excessive junk food.

Inadequate growth & development

The deficiency of nutrients and vitamins is one of the many bad effects of junk food. Nutrients and vitamins are essential for the proper growth and development of the body. Unhealthy eating habits combined with an imbalance of fatty acids and the need for nutrients can hamper the development of your brain and other body parts. Excess soda and sugar intake also cause tooth decay and weakening of your bones.

So, think about these harmful effects of junk foods before you get into a habit to consume them. While there is no substitute for proper eating habits and intake of nutrient-rich food, it's prudent to arm yourself with a health insurance policy. This will help you stay financially secure against a medical emergency caused by such diseases and maladies. ICICI Lombard also provides health insurance plans like Family Health InsurancePersonal Accident InsuranceHealth BoosterSaral Suraksha BimaArogya Sanjeevani Policy, which offer much needed financial backup during any medical emergency, including Covid-19.

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