7 Health Impacts Of Eating Unhealthy Food

Soumya Nair

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7 Health Impacts Of Eating Unhealthy Food

“Simple and realistic healthy food routines are wealthy rewards to oneself.”

Unhealthy foods are any eatables with low nutrient efficiency but high in calories or other ineffectual substances in maintaining health. They are different from naturally occurring foods. More professionally, they are food-like products. The unhealthy ‘industrially formulated foods’ combines refined sugar, a huge amount of salt, partially hydrogenated oils, additives, processed flours and meat, thickeners, and taste-enhancing chemicals, producing intense cravings and food pleasure. The article talks about the health impacts of eating unhealthy food.

Indian culinary culture is well analogs with the science of life-Ayurveda, and no wonder our ancestors practiced dietetics in every household. Unfortunately, today, as the marketing marshals affirm statements worldwide elucidate, India is becoming a hub of all the CRAPS and JUNKS, which are noxious and impose impediments on health. 

While the colossal advancement in merchandise and global availability of anything and everything is professed as the culprit, the real reason is poor nutrition education, the typical desk-bound-low physical activity patterns, and unhealthy diet structures culminate enslavement in lifestyle diseases. Therefore, it is only imperative to avoid unhealthy food for a healthy lifestyle. 

Trace The Trap

Unhealthy Food
Source: Healthline

“Healthy you are an amass of righteous food choices.”

The common desire for ultra-processed foods is to contain fat, primarily unhealthy, refined carbs and sodium, a vigorous combination inducing ‘addictive behavioral response,’ which is rarely seen in naturally occurring foods. This deadly combination lacks the nutrients needed to prevent ailments and health maintenance, especially antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, and minerals. It mainly uses deep frying techniques in making the final product, which adds to the ‘crunchy craving’ in the future.

The ruinous combination of fat, salt, and refined flours will reward a feel-good pleasure rush in the brain, eventually demanding habitual eating of junk foods. Consistent consumption of these foods at the healthy menu cost from childhood may open on to bitterness of lifestyle diseases from a very early age. 

All the crap is not made in the factory. Unhealthy foods are sometimes made in the domestic units in fried snacks or foods with no or low vegetables and refined flours. It is brought to the home in instant foods or ready-to-cook ones containing preservatives, damaging the digestive system. Anything made at home using processed flour, excess sugar, and salt, or deep-fried snacks and with less healthy additives is potentially hazardous as they are industrially prepared foods. 

The quality of ingredients and cooking methods practiced at home have a climacteric capacity to define any recipe’s nutritional quality. A family habit of both deserting a particularly healthy food and having a dessert after every meal is also an act which has to be omitted. 

Health Impacts Of Eating Unhealthy Food

“Frequency and periodicity exert influence on health; when it’s about ‘factory-made food’ consumption.”

Mounting evidence can be plotted about the health impacts of eating unhealthy food due to their detrimental effects and severe repercussions for health in later life. A diet about poor nutritional attributes and highly processed unhealthy ingredients is a diet with low quality. It may cause inflammation linked to alarming trends of cardiometabolic outcomes like obesity, stroke, dyslipidemia, diabetes, cardiovascular damages, cancer, depression, and digestive issues. It may cause irreparable damages in later life.

1. Unhealthy Food Makes You Tired

Unhealthy Food Makes You Tired
Source: Medical News Today

Processed food is lacking the nutrients which the body needs to heal and flourish. Industrially made foods make one feel chronically tired, especially in children, affecting their growth and development, physical and mental and concentration levels, and education quality, leaving them groggy and sluggish.

2. Unhealthy Food Causes Stress

Unhealthy Food Causes Stress
Source: Insider

Stress persuades consumption of unhealthy comfort foods due to hormone imbalances (adrenaline, ghrelin, cortisol, etc.), which may prove to mitigate and satisfy mood swings. Still, it will worsen the condition additive chemicals in these foods may interfere with stress hormones.

A poor diet high in calories, sodium, and refined sugar demand higher cortisol release – a hormone responsibly managing stress and blood sugar, which in turn will intricate sleep designs, immune response, headaches, blood sugar, and unhealthy food cravings, thus creating a cycle of enigmas exacerbating the condition. Excessive sugar will trigger reactive hypoglycemia, which requires more insulin to compensate for the condition manifesting symptoms like nausea, sweating, migraines, and even faintness. 

3. Unhealthy Food Has More Salt

Unhealthy Food Has More Salt
Source: Healthline

Excessive intake of junk foods containing a monstrous amount of salt will hold enormous water and feel bloated. Salt is the hidden added cost in industrially made foods that route to headache, bloating, thirst, etc. These are minor ailments trailing to major ones like increased blood pressure, making kidneys work harder, stroke, and abet in calcium loss and organ damage.

4. Unhealthy Food Is Fiber-deficient

Unhealthy Food Is Fiber-deficient
Source: Healthline

Foods made in commercial plants contain deficient fiber effectuating stagnant digestion resulting in an unhealthy gut. Robust gut comes to bear proper food breakdown, nutrient absorption, waste expulsion, and controls the body’s metabolic behavior. Low fiber diets can breed colon cancer, hyperlipidemia, and diverticulosis.

5. Unhealthy Food Has Extra Fat

Unhealthy Food Has Extra Fat
Source: Insider

Trans fat in commercial foods is the worst type of fat one can eat, which increases cardiovascular risks. Partially hydrogenated oils fasten to build up low-density lipoproteins in the artery walls making it hard and narrow. Trans fats may induce insulin resistance, spike blood sugar levels and elevate belly fat

6. Unhealthy Food Causes Obesity

Unhealthy Food Causes Obesity
Source: The Guardian

The excess fat, simple carbohydrates, and refined sugars in the convenient commercial foods account for obesity, the global pandemic, the real culprit behind every metabolic perplexity. Obesity debilitates cardiovascular health, insulin action, blood pressure control, and problems can range from sleep apnea to cancer. Industrially made food often lacks essential vitamins and minerals needed for proper hormone balance and enzyme action, hindering development and metabolic cognition and immune function. 

7. Other Health Issues

Other Health Issues
Source: Nutriciously

The ultra-processed cosmetic foods also contain artificial colors, chemical flavorings, texturing agents, and preservatives in large amounts, including allergies, nausea, headaches, and even cancer and genetic defects. Partially hydrogenated fats, refined sugars, artificial additives, and processed flours are the unhealthy chromatic companies of any junk/chemically processed food. 

These chemically processed foods are appealing, enjoyable, and addictive. They show up in copious names like fast foods, junk foods, processed foods, ready to eat foods, ready to eat meals, candy, energy drinks, desserts, etc., which are very much convenient but with no nutritional qualities. Therefore, we often end up eating them, although they damage our bodies. So, try to avoid unhealthy food as possible as you can.

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