05. August 2015 · Comments Off on The Dangers of Junk Food · Categories: Uncategorized

You already know that junk food isn't good for you, but do you know why? Here we'll take a look at the ways junk food does damage to your body, in as few as 9 days. 

How junk food damages your body in 9 days or less

You don't have to be a rocket scientist–or even a dietitian–to know that binging on junk food is bad for your body.

But sometimes the call of a greasy burger and fries is stronger than your nutrition knowledge.

You say to yourself, “It's just one little burger. I'll eat a healthy dinner. It can't hurt that much. I did burpees this morning.”

Well, stop talking to yourself and listen up: Even one high-fat, high sugar, all-around-junk meal can change your body for the worse.

Here, seven things that super crappy food can do in nine days or less:

1. It messes with your metabolism

So you've been blessed with a speedy metabolism and tend to eat whatever you want.

Yeah, that won't last forever: That's the lesson that 12 college-aged men, all relatively healthy, learned when they were put on a high-fat diet for five days.

According to the research, published in the journal Obesity, as the guys gorged on things like mac and cheese, sausage biscuits, and microwaveable meals, their muscles began to less effectively turn glucose into energy.

While the five-day trial didn't change their whole-body insulin sensitivity, it did show major potential for screwing up their metabolisms if they had stayed on the diet.

While the five-day trial didn't change their whole-body insulin sensitivity, it's important to remember that most people don't just eat junk food for five days and then quit. Even eating junk sporadically over the years adds up!

2. It narrows your arteries almost immediately

Habitually eating fast food leads to high cholesterol –you know that.

What might be more of a surprise is that even a single meal high in saturated fat (and let's be real, this is most drive-thru meals) causes immediate damage to your arteries.

While cholesterol builds over time to narrow artery walls, scientists who fed perfectly healthy men a meal high in saturated fat–read: a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich with three sides of hash browns–saw subjects' artery walls narrow by 24 percent only two hours after eating, according to a Canadian study.

Narrowed arteries mean high blood pressure, and potentially heart problems down the road if your fave fast-food joint knows you by name.

Learning about things like this makes it hard to look at your drive-thru burger and fries the same way. It can be hard to break old habits, but learning the truth about the food you eat can certainly help. 

3. It could throw off your concentration

If your focus is waning after lunch, it might not just be because you need another latte.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge noticed that after only nine days on a high-fat diet, rats made more mistakes running through a maze than rats fed a normal diet.

The same researchers are now studying similar effects in humans.

We all suffer from the 3 pm slump now and then. If it happens to you more often than once in a while, you might need to rethink your lunchtime choices. 

Read more —  How junk food damages your body in 9 days or less | Fox News

How often to do you eat junk food? Is it a normal part of your diet, something you indulge in every once in a while, or something you eat often. How has learning about the damages junk food does to your body change the way you eat? 

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