Junk food

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Junk food refers to fast foods. People prefer fast food – the junk food advertising has a major role in that -because they are easy to prepare and eat, there in no time consumed to prepare this kind of food because most of it can be home delivered or just heated, and some of the junk food do not even need cooking or heating, and they are very tasty, they have great taste comparing to ordinary food.

But the junk food have no nutritional value. They are only loaded with calories from sugar and fats. It is also very high in sodium, from common salt and additives. To make matters worse, fast food are normally served with soda. Also, fast food is deficient in dietary fiber and vitamins and minerals. Scientists found that junk food is addictive, which explains why a lot of people find it hard to break the habit.
If you want to lead a healthy and fulfilling life it is best to cut down your fast food intake, switch to healthier options and supplement it with regular fitness exercises.

Here are some Junk Food Facts that help you understand the harmful effects of eating them.

Lack of energy:
It makes you feel sleepy and less inclined to be active and alert. Your reflexes and senses become duller by the day and you start to lead a more sedentary life.

Poor concentration:
When you have a sumptuous junk meal rich in oil you feel drowsy and fail to concentrate because blood circulation drops due to fat accumulation.

Poor nutrition:
When you do not eat the nutritious food like fruits and vegetables and other wholesome food. This means that your body does not get the necessary nutrition it needs and you end up with a weak immune system. So it is easy to catch diseases which prevent you from being active and organized as you should be.

Processed foods have no fiber content whatsoever and that is why you feel constipated when you go on a junk food binge.

Fragility of Bones:
Your sodas and colas also contain phosphorous and other chemicals which ruin your teeth and eat away at your bones, making your entire skeletal structure weak and leaving you prone to frequent sprains and fractures.

High cholesterol and Heart Diseases:
The fat from junk food raises your cholesterol levels and your clogged arteries cause heart attacks and bring on strokes which could debilitate you, or worse, even kill you. And when you’re overweight as well, you tend to be prone to so many other diseases because of your shape and size.

The fat and processed flour only make you fatter and fatter, as does the oil and grease that are used for fries and other deep-fried foods. Besides, when you eat junk food, you tend to gulp down sodas and colas which are laden with sugar and which increase your tendency to put on weight.

You’re more likely to get diabetes, especially if you don’t exercise and have a family history of this disease.
Increased Blood Pressure:
Although the body requires minimum quantities of sodium, too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure. Sodium can also lead to building-up of fluids in case of people who are suffering from people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney disease.

Dealing with Trans Fat:
Trans fat is found abundantly in various fast foods, it is very harmful because it increases the bad cholesterol levels and reduces the good cholesterol levels. Most commonly trans fat is a commonly found in ingredients in all the processed foods.

Junk food is bad for people of all ages, especially for teenagers and young children because it ruins their health. Their parents and other responsible adults have to ensure that they eat a balanced diet, which is nutritious and healthy.

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