The problem with eating junk food regularly is that although it gives you a feeling of fulfilment, it doesn’t provide sufficient nutrition to your body. In fact, the ingredients of junk food can deplete precious resources from your body because your body is consuming excess sugar, salt and fat. Regular consumption of junk food can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, and some types of cancer. Junk food may also make you feel tired, depressed, and drowsy all the time. Tests can be done to find out the adverse side effects of consuming too much junk food. These tests include complete hemogram test, HbA1c test, lipid profile test and a basic preventive test package.
Junk food may include potato chips, burgers that you eat from fast food restaurants, excessively salty and fatty food, and aerated and sweetened beverages. In moderation these foods and beverages don’t pose serious health problems but if they are consumed routinely – twice or thrice a week – they can pose serious health problems.
Since junk food directly is not an illness, there is no well-defined test for junk food, but you can certainly have a series of tests to know the ill effects of eating junk foods.
Regular consumption of junk foods can give you the following health problems:
Heart disease or stroke
Weight gain and obesity
Shortness of breath
Acne and other skin problems
Blood sugar imbalance
High blood pressure
Bloating and puffiness in the muscles
Why do junk foods cause health problems?
When you visit a restaurant and order a junk food, it is delivered to you within 15-20 minutes. Just look around how many people are there. Sometimes there are scores of people waiting for their orders. How do they prepare the food so fast? They use maximum amount of oil and other fats. They use maximum amounts of sugar. They use maximum amount of salt and sodium. The formula for cold drinks brims with sugar and other unhealthy substances. Most of the gold rings and fast foods are loaded with carbohydrates with little or no fibers. When your digestive system breaks down these junk food items, the carbohydrates are released as glucose into your bloodstream. Therefore after having junk food you get this sudden surge of energy, which is artificial energy. This sudden spike of sugar confuses your insulin which is supposed to convert sugar into energy, and it becomes resistance to responding to glucose in your body, leading to type II diabetes. A junk food test may also include a diabetes test.
Since when you are consuming junk foods your body is being deprived of nutritional foods, aside from developing heart problem and diabetes, you may also develop many deficiencies and these deficiencies in turn cause other problems. Hence, to know the ill effects of regular consumption of junk food, you may need to get a series of tests done including blood glucose fasting test, liver function text, lipid profile test, complete hemogram test and HbA1c test. You may also go through a complete preventive package test to get a series of tests done to know the damage caused by junk food consumption.
Frequently Asked Questions
If junk food is unhealthy, why do I feel happy after eating junk food?
Gathering excessive sugar and sodium is our body’s primal need. When food used to be scarce and we were living as scavengers, whenever our ancestors came across glucose and salt, they consumed as much as possible because these are sources of energy. Hence, when you eat junk food, it sends signals of positivity to your brain even when these junk foods are harming your body. Therefore, you feel happy when you are eating junk food. It is also social conditioning. Over the years, youngsters have come to believe that when they are consuming junk food, they are supposed to be happy. Hence, unconsciously, they train their brains into believing that eating junk food is something positive.
Why do sugary foods lead to type II diabetes?
Because sudden spikes in sugar levels confuses our hormone that is responsible for turning sugar into energy and then distributing this energy throughout our body. This hormone is called insulin. Diabetes is caused due to 2 reasons: the body is not producing enough insulin, or the present insulin isn’t absorbing sugar in a healthy manner. Hence, if you consume lots of sugary foods it confounds your insulin, and this leads to type II diabetes.
Can I get a test done to know if I’m eating too much junk food?
There is no specific test to know if you’re consuming too much junk food. If you are ordering food from a junk food outlet twice or thrice a week, you can assume that it is going to have repercussions on your health. Hence, it is advisable to go for multiple tests such as lipid profile test, hemoglobin test, liver function test and kidney test (among many others) to know what harm is being caused by excessive junk food consumption.
Do we still need tests to know the harm done by junk food if I feel fine?
There are many ailments that show symptoms suddenly even when the damage has been happening for a long time. So, if you have been regularly consuming junk food, even if you are not feeling bad or ill, it is good to go for at least a few tests such as lipid profile test, kidney test, or diabetes test to find out if you need to curtail your fast-food consumption.
Is there a medicine to get rid of the habit of consuming junk food?
No, there is no medicine for consuming junk food. There are medicines to fight off the ill effects of eating junk food, though. For example, if you have acquired diabetes you may need to take insulin either through tablets or a syringe. There may be medicines to bring down your blood cholesterol levels. Otherwise, if you want to stop eating junk food, you will need to use your willpower or counselling.