Junk foods: delicious, tasty, and very addictive. People confess of having such a strong craving for junk foods that they even dream of eating them in their sleep. Before they go further satisfying their hunger for junk foods, there are a few things that they need to realize. First, most junk foods are not healthy. Second, the more junk foods that you eat, the more addictive it becomes, and the more dangerous it could be for your health.
There’s bad news for people obsessed with junk foods: junk foods may inflict some heavy damage to your brain cells. Furthermore, scientists were able to establish a link between junk food consumption and gaining weight. That’s double bad news!
Recent studies showed that frequent consumption of junk foods among people have resulted in a steady increase of caloric intake over the next days. Even sample tests conducted on animals like mice yielded the same output: a considerable increase in appetite occurred among those that were fed with a high fat diet. This translates to an increased rate of eating food that is rich in calories. Over the following days, their weight grew as well.
Bad for the brain cells
Scientists have this explanation to offer: junk foods can destroy your brain cells. In particular, it can damage cells in the brain that are in charge of regulating your body weight. Without a regulating agent, your body could respond to hunger like there’s no tomorrow. You would simply continue to crave for more without being aware and conscious of your body weight. Before you knew it, you could have gained enough weight to literally break a scale!
What are junk foods?
For those who might not even be aware, junk foods are not just those chips that come in different shapes and pack quite attractively. Foods that have addictive taste but have zero or almost zero nutrition value are considered junk foods. That would include soda, high concentrate drinks, candies, gums, and sweet desserts among others. In most cases, junk foods have high amounts of saturated fats, sugar, and salt. These key ingredients make junk foods very tasty and thus consumers keep coming back for more.
Control your body weight
It is also believed that junk food consumption may lead to the inflammation in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that contains nerve cells and whose main function is controlling a person’s body weight. The inflammation eventually disappears but seems to come back regularly during the span of time when intake of junk foods is not discontinued. Incidentally, there were also traces of gliosis along the areas where brain cells are damaged. Gliosis is the brain’s response to healing damages inflicted on its cells. The bad news is that this healing process is not sustainable for a long period of time.
With the damage being done by junk foods, it is very difficult to control already gained weight. Without means for the brain to regulate weight gain, the victim would simply continue consuming junk foods and continue to gain weight. Without seeking medical help, it could become more and more difficult to control one’s weight, until such time when it reaches critical level.
Excessive junk food consumption
We know that junk foods are a delicious treat when watching TV and movies, when in recreational gatherings, or just to have something to munch on when there’s nothing to do. The point here is that excessive consumptions of junk foods are not going to help, and it’s important to have the proper self discipline to control how much you eat. If you are eating during a movie and you are captured by it, you forget to stop eating. Probably you will stop when the movie or the food ends and not when you are full as you should.
Control your food volume
Now that you know of the great damaging effects that junk foods could do in your brain, wise up and take control over the volume you eat. Remember, once you get addicted to something, it can be so difficult to give it up or to totally stop. The same unfortunately applies to our lovable, tasty junk foods.
|The information presented is not intended to, and does not in anyway, constitute or replace a medical advice, and it should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem. The information is provided for educational purposes only, and is based upon the authors’ personal experiences or point of view. If you think you have a health problem, please consult a qualified medical professional..|