Why Is Junk Food Bad?

Courtesy of CBS

Courtesy of CBS

Maddie Pawlak, Staff Writer

Eating junk food on a regular basis can lead to an increased risk of obesity and chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and some cancers. Eating junk food can lead to Cardiovascular problems, High cholesterol, Diabetes, Kidney damage, Obesity, Liver disease, Cancer and Dental cavities. This is because most fast food is high in sugar, salt, saturated fat, trans fats, processed ingredients, and calories. It is also generally low in antioxidants, fiber, and many other nutrients.

Cutting back on junk food means you’ll be receiving less amounts of fat, sugar and calories, which will naturally lead to weight loss. You’ll feel more energetic. Receiving more calories from junk food doesn’t mean you’re obtaining enough nutritional substance. New research shows that people who consume much ultra-processed foods are likely to experience poor mental health symptoms like anxiety and depression. So yes, processed foods can cause anxiety.

Remember that junk foods are okay to eat occasionally, but they should not make
up more than 10% of your daily energy intake.