“The food problem is a flavor problem. For half a century, we’ve been making the stuff people should eat–fruits, vegetables, whole grains, unprocessed meats–incrementally less delicious. Meanwhile, we’ve been making the food people shouldn’t eat–chips, fast food, soft drinks, crackers–taste ever more exciting. The result is exactly what you’d expect.”
– Mark Schatzker, The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor
Junk food is extremely hurtful and is gradually destroying the immune systems of the current generation. Even the actual term “junk food” signifies how risky it actually is for our bodies. Nevertheless, most people consume it on a daily basis since it tastes so good. This is due to the fact that very little mindfulness is spread about the hurtful impacts of low quality nourishment. The consumption of junk food is thought to be the most straightforward method of gaining undesirable weight. The amount of fats and sugar in junk food makes the body put on unhealthy weight rapidly. This weight is actually not good weight, it is unhealthy weight due to the consumption of high percentages of fats and cholesterol which may have negative effects on the human body in the long run. In today’s day and age, junk food is thought to be the main reason for obesity.
“Animals’ taste systems are specialized for the niche they occupy in the environment. That includes us. As hunters and foragers of the dry savannah, our earliest forebears evolved a taste for important but scarce nutrients: salt and high-energy fats and sugars. That, in a nutshell, explains the widespread popularity of junk food.”
– Mary Roach
Although junk food looks and tastes great, these are due to certain reasons. Junk foods satisfy caloric needs of the body through high amounts of sugar and fat. Often, very harmful chemicals are used in junk food in order to make them look good. These chemicals when consumed in large quantities may have long term side effects. Regular consumption of junk food can cause various illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. This may slowly lead upto kidney failure. Junk food also leads to fast spiking in energy levels. This leads to a feeling of pleasure but does not satisfy our daily vitamin and mineral requirements. It also contributes to frequent mood swings. Junk food increases body blood sugar and pressure levels. The risk of heart disease increases in such individuals. Junk food also causes damage to the liver. It also causes diabetes in children. Over a long period of time, lack of fibers in junk food causes damage to digestive system. This is a cause of constipation. Junk food should be replaced with healthy food. We should always consume a balanced diet. Junk food companies fool people by advertising with bright colours and over exaggerated pictures. Junk food is quick to get i.e easily accessible. Thus it easily appeals to their customers. In modern busy lives, people are too busy to prepare food for themselves. Thus they prefer to depend upon fast food joints to provide them with a quick and easy fix. Hygiene is often lacking in junk foods because fast food joints do not pay attention to cleanliness. Junk food also makes us crave more food due to the unbalanced nutrition that it provides.