You are just dying to have that cookie? you really want to fulfil that craving at the moment with less regards to the adverse implications it might have on your health? You’re not alone. Many people deal with cravings on a frequent, even daily basis, they say it is hard to resist, however, it can be controlled.
Do you know that your food choices matters?
Junk foods, otherwise known as discretionary choices, convenience foods, are used to describe food and drinks with less nutritional value (such as little dietary, fibre, protein, vitamins, mineral, or other important forms nutrients) highly processed and high in calories. They are high in saturated fat, sugar.
Junks foods include Pizza, sugary drinks, white bread, processed, refined grains, high-calorie coffee, processed meats, low-fat yoghurt, cake, pastries, cookies, etc.
Is junk food the same with fast food?
Fast foods are usually edibles prepared quickly, ready to eat and severed promptly after ordering. Although there are a growing number of healthier fast-food options, most fast food can still be classified as junk food as it is highly processed. Salad as fast food for instance may be low in calories and high in nutritional value.
What’s a junk lifestyle?
A junk lifestyle is associated with habitual regular consumption of poor quality diet. When it is regularly consumed, the high calories, processed sugar, etc, contribute to an increased chance of complex health conditions such as obesity, stroke, cardiovascular disease, early deaths, cancer, type 2 diabetes, digestive issues, heart disease, etc. A Junk lifestyle might not permit regular consumption of healthy foods like vegetables, whole grains, fruits, especially when your appetite is filled.
A review of studies on fast food and heart health discovered that having fast food more than once a week was linked to a higher risk of obesity while eating fast food more than twice a week was associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and death from coronary heart disease.
“I take it once in a while, so I think I am safe!” Hey! Not so quick”
You might find this question helpful. What your ratio of healthy food to junk foods? It is advisable you make it 80:20. Or if yours is lesser, there is always room for improvement. When you make a healthy lifestyle a habit, you might be able to get away with the “once in a while” junk food.
“Every meal is an opportunity to positively impact your health.”
Do share with us, why you would pick junk food over nourishing foods. Have a blessed week.