The junk food is a fast and very popular solution, the problem is that the extent it is consumed can cause adverse health effects. During the holidays the consumption of fast food usually increases, the fatty, crispy, fried and loaded with sugar products are very easy to find, especially when we are away from home. However, both the body and the mind can suffer from the effects of junk food, especially when consumed in excess.
- Problems in memory and learning
A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that people with diets bound in sugars and fats can generate chemical reactions that inflame the hippocampus, the area of the brain associated with learning.
- Bad mood
Junk food usually generates a momentary load of happiness and well-being, but as fast as it can go up, it goes down, which causes the opposite effect and with it the need to consume more and more junk food.
- Fatigue and weakness
This type of food lacks essential nutrients such as proteins and vitamins that the body needs to function. This means that it does not really give you any kind of energy so it makes you feel tired after a short time that usually affects your continuous tasks.
- Digestive problems
Excess irritants, sugars and fats can cause discomforts such as reflux, irritation, constipation and poor digestion. Junk food too fats, salts and sugars from junk food directly affect the digestive system.
- Increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases
It is no secret that saturated fats and trans fats directly increase triglyceride and cholesterol levels. In addition, the sudden increase in blood sugar levels directly affects the lining of blood vessels.
- General alteration of the organism
Many, like energy drinks, contain a potentially dangerous amount of sugar, carbohydrates and caffeine, these components can increase heart palpitations, dehydration, headaches, insomnia and high blood pressure.
- Risk of hypertension
Elevated levels of ‘bad’ fats and salt affect the body’s natural potassium-potassium balance, which increases the chance of having pressure problems.
- Kidney problems
Excessive fats, salts and sugars cause the kidney to work excessively, trying to eliminate and filter the toxins from the blood, the intake of a lot of junk food has a direct effect on the functioning of this organ.
- Health problems in general
It is not a surprise that so many ingredients, as well as chemicals, are usually linked to the risk of suffering from a disease, the most common being diabetes, obesity, hypertension and even cancer.
Tips to Prevent These Effects
- Avoid consuming these products in excess, control the portions.
- Look for the best options, for example try whole wheat bread instead of white or organic chips.
- Read labels and nutritional information.
- Prepare your own snacks and food.
- Use organic ingredients when cooking your food.
- Eliminate those with high levels of salt or sugar.