With so much talk of unhealthy and junk foods and their effects on the health, you would have been warned enough about the disadvantages of consumption of fad diets. Junk foods offer little or no nutritional value to consumers but provide their bodies with plenty of salt, fats, and calories, making them a perfect candidate for weight gain and numerous ailments. Nutritionists and scientists have indicated through various studies that more unhealthy foods you consume, the less likely you are to consume the essential macro- and micro-nutrients your body needs to perform everyday activities.
Health Problems Associated with Consumption of Unhealthy Junk Foods
List of diseases that a regular consumption of fad diets can induce is long. Some of the main health problems caused by unhealthy snacks include:
- Lessen an individual’s ability to control his or her appetite.
- Change the chemical activity of the brain which can lead to mood swings and depression.
- Increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Cause uncontrollable and untimely cravings, leading to gradual weight gain.
- Cause bloating and puffiness.
- Unhealthy fad diets are often low in protein, leading to loss in muscle mass.
- Increase the risk for several serious diseases, including hypertension, cardiovascular problems, high cholesterol levels, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, stroke and cancer.
Top Unhealthy Meals
Frozen Meals: Although frozen meals save you a lot of time because their making is easy and quick, they are loaded with hydrogenated oils and preservatives which may cause hypertension and high cholesterol levels. Since you’ll most likely be microwaving frozen meals, you might further be destroying any macro-nutrients they may contain, further adding to their unhealthiness.
Corn Syrup: Use of corn syrup that is high in fructose is the leading cause of obesity and type2 diabetes in individuals. Remove this item from your diet list for good because this so-sweet, cheap-to-make and easy-to-store fad diet is poisonous for your health. Popular food items that make use of high fructose corn syrup include ketchups and jams.
Fried Foods: Most of the fried foods contain monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer that is approximately 80 percent free glutamic acid, 19 percent sodium, and 1 percent contaminants. In fact it is an excitotoxin, which means it can overexcite your cells to the point of damage, causing mental problems like dementia and learning disabilities, diabetes, arthritis and more. Fried foods are also loaded with saturated fat, trans fat and calories which cause weight gain and may lead to cardiovascular problems.
Beverage Colas and Sodas: Colas and sodas contain sweeteners like aspartame, which dissolves very well in solutions and travels fast throughout the body, depositing within any tissue. Adverse reactions of aspartame include decreased night vision, bulging eyes, hearing impairment, headaches, seizures, confusion, memory loss, slurring of speech, tremors, aggression, irritability, insomnia, hives, gradual weight gain, peptic ulcers, loss of hair, and severe depression.
13 other unhealthy diets that you should avoid eating include:
- Packaged cookies
- Cake frosting
- French fries
- Packaged diet snacks
- Salty snacks
- Ranch dressing
- Muffins made with propylparaben
- Bread made with potassium bromate
- Processed meats made with nitrates
At the end, all I can say is that it is in your own best interest to limit the consumption of aforementioned unhealthy foods as much as possible to stay healthy and energetic.