JUNK FOOD, Why should we avoid?

According to Oxford dictionary, junk food can be described as food that has low nutritional value, usually in the form of packaged snacks or no preparation. For example: salty and oily snacks, burgers, sausage and also candy. 

 

Regular consumption of junk food can posed adverse health effects such as loss of memory and learning problem and obesity. 

 

Loss of Memory and Learning Problem

 

According to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate junk food achieved poorly in cognitive test. Besides, junk food can deteriorate your memory and weaker your brain function. A sudden inflammation in the hippocampus in the brain which is responsible for memory and recognition can be caused by eating a lot of junk food and lead to amnesia (inability to learn and recall new information). 


Increase of Obesity

 

Junk food contains a lot of sugar, calories and also fats which can lead to weight gain and obesity. In fact, many diseases and medical issues like cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and also blood pressure can be caused by obesity. 


As for children, their physical development can be affected by eating junk food resulting in unhealthy weight gain, which can result in self-esteem problems. Low self-esteem will lead to depression. By consuming too much of sugar and fats, the body loses essential nutrients and amino acids sugar that cause certain chemical reactions in the brain loss its function.  These symptoms will lead to inability of brain to handle stress and depression. 

 

 

References


  1. Icilombard (n.d). 5 Harmful Effects of Junk Food. https://www.icicilombard.com/insurance-information/health-insurance-info/article/5-harmful-effects-of-junk-food
  2. Icilombard (n.d). Harmful Effects of Junk Food. https://www.icicilombard.com/insurance-information/health-insurance-info/article/5-harmful-effects-of-junk-food
  3. Jamesclear (n.d). Science of Junk Food. https://jamesclear.com/junk-food-science
  4. Healthy eating (n.d). Junk Food affect children. https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/junk-food-affects-children-5985.html