Junk Food Day is dedicated to Junk Food, which is generally devoid of nutritious value and is often heavy in fat, sugar, and salt. When consumed in large quantities, unhealthy food can impact energy levels, lead to obesity and cardiovascular disease, and worsen other health concerns. It may even influence brain activity and mental well-being.
The term “Junk Food” is thought to have originated in the early 1950s; however, some credit Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest with coining the term in 1972. The list of foods classified as Junk Food is limitless. Although not all fast food options are deemed Junk Foods, most of them are.
Junk Foods have a high calorie, salt, sugar, and fat content with minimal nutritional value. You may believe that a unhealthy food day is bad for everyone’s health. However, if you have a healthy and balanced diet, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself to one day a year when you can eat whatever you want. National Junk Food Day allows you to enjoy unhealthy items you normally avoid.
The holiday is observed so that you can eat anything you want on one day and follow a healthy diet the rest of the year. Eating unhealthy food frequently can be highly harmful to your health.
You may eat whatever you want and as much as you want on National Junk Food Day. However, it’s back to eating healthful, nutrient-dense foods tomorrow. Let’s look at some of the negative health effects of unhealthy food.
Obesity and its accompanying health effects are two of the most severe negative consequences of consuming fast food and unhealthy food. unhealthy food contains high sugar, calories, and fat, all of which lead to weight gain. Obesity can lead to various medical issues, including diabetes, joint pain, and heart disease.
Deterioration of Mental Health
Unhealthy food has a lot of sugar and fat, which can cause chemical reactions in the brain that impede its function. Consuming excessive vital minerals and amino acids may cause the body to lose essential nutrients. These symptoms can eventually result in the brain’s inability to deal with stress, leaving you depressed.
Memory and learning abilities decline
According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate Junk Food performed poorly on cognitive tests. It determined that unhealthy food can impair memory and make your brain weaker. These foods may promote inflammation in the hippocampus, which is important for memory and recognition in the brain.
Excessive unhealthy food consumption may strain the brain. Excess sugar consumption can create fluctuations in blood sugar levels, causing the brain to seek more food and eventually overeat. This could make it more difficult for the body to digest huge amounts of unhealthy food.