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The Harmful Effects of Eating Junk Foods

The Harmful Effects of Eating Junk Foods

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Junk foods have a dark side that everyone should be familiar with. In fact, fast foods and processed foods can promote obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. Apart from adding excess fat into your belly ,research has shown that it can also cause some damage to your brain. The worst part is that not only it can be caused by years of poor eating but also consuming it regularly even for just a few days can lead to a mental breakdown.

The more you eat junk foods, the lesser your body is going to absorb all that essential nutrients. Even though you may have known about the effects of junk food to your health, you may only know a few things about what it can do to your brain functions. Learn more here from our team at Vacaville Weight Loss!


Effects Of Junk Food To Your Health in Vacaville CA

  1. It can interfere with your memory and learning problems - A study has shown that people who consumed junk foods for 5 days have made them perform poorly on cognitive tests that measures attention, mood, and speed. Therefore, eating junk foods even for only 5 days can make your memory deteriorate. This is probably due to the fact that a toxic or poor diet can create chemical reactions that can cause inflammation in the hippocampus area of the brain that is responsible for memory and special recognition. Diets that are high in fat and sugar can suppress the functions of a brain peptide known as brain-derived neuropathic factor (BDNF). This is the part of the brain that helps with learning and memory formation. Additionally, the brain has synapses that are responsible for memory and learning. If you eat too much calories, it can affect the healthy production and functioning of these synapses.

  2. It will make you at risk for dementia - This is probably the scariest discovery ever linked to the consumption of junk foods. Insulin is produced in the pancreas and it helps in transporting the glucose to fuel the body. The brain also produces insulin wherein it helps carry the signals between the nerve cells and forming memories. A recent study has shown that eating too much sweets and fatty foods will increase the insulin production in the body. In the case of type 2 diabetes, which is caused by having high levels of insulin, the brain stops responding to insulin and becomes resistant to it. It can affect our ability to think, create, or recall memories which may eventually lead to dementia. With this discovery, scientists have led to conclude that Alzheimer's is a form of diabetes of the brain.


  3. It won't help you control your appetite - If you eat too much trans fats found in processed and fried foods, it will send mixed signals to your brain wherein it will be difficult to process what you have eaten and how hungry you are. This is the reason why you still end up being hungry after all that consumption of the wrong food. Eating a daily dose of good foods with essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 maintains a healthy brain function. If you have a deficiency with these 2 elements, you are at risk of dementia, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, and other brain-related problems. Eating too much junk foods can displace these with trans fats which are difficult to digest. Having trans fats can cause inflammation in the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that contains the neurons responsible for controlling body weight. There are scenarios where overeating is somewhat similar to drug addiction since you rely so much on junk foods just to activate your brain's pleasure centers.


  4. It can cause chemical changes leading to depression - Eating foods that are high in fat and sugar will change the brain's chemical activity which will make it more dependent on that food group. There's a study where mice have suffered from withdrawal symptoms after their junk food diet was discontinued. Humans who undergo the same withdrawal symptoms may lose the ability to deal with stress, thus making them feel depressed. They would then turn back to those foods to comfort themselves and handle all the emotions. This will result in a vicious cycle where junk foods will always be the solution. Over consumption of fast foods may cause you to lose out on other essential nutrients like amino acid tryptophan, wherein a deficiency of such will make you feel more depressed. Also, an imbalance of fatty acids will make people eat more junk foods and will put them at a higher risk of depression.

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