Harmful Effects of Junk/Fast Food

The dark side of junk foods is not an unknown fact. Numerous

increase the risk of childhood obesity, heart disease and diabetes
and other chronic diseases. Recently, the Delhi government called
for a crackdown on junk food that is sold in schools and within 50
meters of it. Not only do they add an inch to your waistline, but
scientists and researchers have also shown through various
studies that junk food can actually cause severe damage to your
brain. Worryingly, these are not just years of poor diet, but eating
junk food regularly for a few days can also lead to mental

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The more junk food you eat, the less likely you are to consume
essential nutrients on which your body depends. You know that
junk food can harm your health, but you may not be aware of the

effects of junk food on brain function.

1. It can cause memory and learning difficulties

A 2011 study published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition found that healthy people who ate junk food for only five
days performed poorly on a cognitive test that measured attention,
speed and mood. Concluding that eating junk food regularly for
just five days can damage your memory. This may be due to the
fact that poor or toxic food can cause certain chemical reactions
that cause inflammation in the hippocampus area of the brain that
is associated with memory and special recognition.
Foods high in sugar and fat can suppress the activity of the brain
peptide called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which
helps in learning and memory formation. In addition, the brain
contains synapses that are responsible for learning and memory.
and function of these synapses.

2. Increases the risk of dementia

This has been one of the horrific discoveries in junk food
consumption. You may know that insulin is made in the pancreas
and helps the body carry glucose to the fuel. Insulin is also
produced in the brain where it helps carry signals between nerve
cells and form memories. A study conducted at Brown University
has shown that eating too much fat and sweets can significantly
increase the level of insulin in our body.
Just like in the case of type 2 diabetes, with high levels of insulin,
the brain stops responding to this hormone and becomes resistant
to it. This can limit our ability to think, recall or create memories,
thus increasing our risk of dementia. Researcher Susan de la
Monte, MD, professor of pathology, neurology, and neurosurgery at
Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University's Alpert Medical
School, exposed the association. Following this discovery, most
scientists refer to Alzheimer's as a form of cerebral diabetes.

3.Reduce your ability to control your appetite

Excessive consumption of trans fats found in fried and processed
foods can send mixed signals to the brain, making it difficult to
process what you have eaten and how hungry you are. Maybe
that's why you're so abusive. A daily intake of essential fatty acids,
such as omega-6 and omega-3, is essential for healthy brain
function. Deficiency of these two elements increases the risk of
attention deficit disorder, dementia and bipolar disorder and other
brain problems.
Excessive consumption of junk food can deprive them of trans fats
which are difficult to digest. A 2011 study found that trans fat can
cause inflammation in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that
contains neurons to control body weight.
In the worst case scenario, overeating can be as addictive as
relying on junk foods can trigger more pleasure centers in the brain
than taking drugs.

Numerous studies have shown that eating foods high in sugar and
fat actually alters the brain's chemical activity, making it more
dependent on such foods. A study of rats at the University of
Montreal showed that they experienced withdrawal symptoms after
stopping their regular junk food diet. In humans, these symptoms
of withdrawal can lead to a failure to cope with stress, make you
feel depressed, and eventually you turn to these foods to comfort
yourself and handle those feelings.
Soon, before you know it, you may be caught in a vicious circle. In
addition, eating too much fast food can deprive you of essential
nutrients such as the amino acid tryptophan, which can lead to

feelings of depression. Fatty acid imbalance is another reason why
people who eat more junk food have a higher risk of depression.

5. It makes you restless and can cause uncontrollable desires

Eating a sugar cup or donuts may temporarily raise your blood
sugar levels which will make you happy and satisfied but as soon
as they return to normal you will feel more anxious.
Fast food is full of good carbohydrates that cause your blood sugar
levels to fluctuate rapidly. If your blood sugar level drops too low, it
can cause anxiety, confusion and fatigue. With high amounts of
sugar and fat, you eat too fast and too much to satisfy your
cravings. It can show impatience when dealing with other things.
Fast foods and processed foods can be filled with artificial flavors
and preservatives such as sodium benzoate that increase
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