Fast-food chains have overtaken the world, feeding millions of people every day. While restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Burger King or Popeye’s, may offer tasty foods, they only other thing they may offer is convenience.
Isn’t that the problem with America today? We live in a fast-paced world full of technology, social media, and instant criticism. We want everything to happen immediately, at the drop of a dime. We rely on instant gratification and instant results. If we would just take the time to slow down and prepare ourselves we would be better off. Just like if we would take the time to prepare healthy foods, coho salmon, our bodies would be better off in the long run.
And it’s not just fast foods… All types of junk foods can fall into this category and if consumed excessively, are potentially harmful to your health.
Leading Cause of Disease
Junk foods contain high levels of sodium, sugar, trans fats, and simple carbohydrates, which can lead to many things to go wrong in your body over time. Heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, liver disease, stroke, diabetes, arterial plaque build-up—these are various illnesses that can be caused just to name a few.
Affects Your Energy Levels
The refined sugar in junk foods causes your pancreas to secrete high spikes in insulin levels to prevent high jumps in your body’s blood sugar level. This is what gives you that “crash” feeling, leaving you sluggish and super fatigued.
Lack of Proper Nutrients
All fast foods and junk foods contain little to no nutrients to maintain the overall health of your body. Your body requires essential nutrients in order to function at its optimal level. Fruits and vegetables contain the vitamins and minerals that the body truly needs.
Short-Term Memory Loss
Studies have shown that diets high in fatty foods are linked to a decline in an individual’s ability for cognitive development, learning and short-term memory retention. Alzheimer’s disease is linked to the regular consumption of junk foods as well.