- The lack of fiber in junk food may lead to constipation and haemorrhoids
- It can cause sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels
- It can acutely stress your kidneys and endocrine system
There has been a lot of evidence to show that junk food can mess with your body and your brain and the latest study, published in the Journal American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, serves as a warning sign. A team of researchers have found that regular consumption of fried potatoes (most commonly enjoyed as French fries) is linked to an increased risk of death. The health risk has been associated with the way potatoes are cooked and consumed and not potatoes in general indicating the effects of fried and fatty foods. Here are five ways in which French fries and other fast food items can destroy your health.
1. Digestive problems: Fast food can cause some serious digestive problems like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and even peptic ulcers. This is particularly linked to fried foods. The oil used for frying gets soaked into the junk food and is deposited on the walls of the stomach lining that can increase acid production and create an imbalance. Moreover, the lack of fiber may lead to constipation and haemorrhoids.
2. Depression: Junk food can not only damage your body but it also affects your brain. A study conducted at the University of Montreal on mice showed that they suffered with withdrawal symptoms after their regular junk food diet was discontinued. In humans, these withdrawal symptoms can lead to the inability to deal with stress, make you feel depressed and eventually you would turn back to those foods to comfort yourself and handle these feelings.
4. Increased risk of kidney and liver disease: Daily consumption of highly-processed, sugar, and fat-laden foods can affect blood glucose regulation which can acutely stress your kidneys and endocrine system. Similarly, regular consumption of junk food may lead to fatty deposits that can cause liver dysfunction. Dr. Anshul Jai Bharat, a Delhi-based Nutritionist, agrees, "Junk food has too much processed sugar and salt, so when it goes into your system it leads to hormonal imbalances that directly impacts the functioning of your kidneys and the liver. "
Fast food items are cheap and mass-produced and for them to be so, they are pumped with high quantities of sugar, fats and salt that makes additive and irresistible. They may offer maximum taste but minimum nutrition at the cost of your health. So, don't fall victim to these foods. Make smarter choices.
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