Greasy burgers, kebabs, take away or ready meals that take a few minutes in the microwave are all things we would consider as Fast Food or Junk.
To quote Andre F Smith from Encyclopedia of Junk Food & Fast Food:
"those commercial products, including candy, bakery goods, ice cream, salty snacks & soft drinks, which have little or no nutritional value but do have plenty of calories, salts & fats. While not all fast foods are junk food, most are. Fast foods are ready to eat foods served promptly after ordering."
Even the things that are so easy and cheap to buy from the supermarket are considered Junk Food. Those extra large bags of crisps even if they are the deluxe version! The buy one get one free offer on chocolate bars and bags of sweets. The Meal Deals that offer you boxes of processed food plus a bottle of something for a reduced price. And what do all of these foods have in common? They are processed.
Let's take a look at some of the dangers prolonged consumption of processed foods can contribute to:
They are calorie dense and nutrient poor. Eating more junk food means you will be less likely to eat foods rich in the nutrients and vitamins the body needs to function at its best.
The long term effects are really very damaging if junk food or fast food is the only thing that is eaten. There are many harmful ingredients that can hinder the metabolism which in turn can cause chemical imbalances. The body can become too acidic and saturated with refined sugar which can create an environment for cancer, harmful organisms, and parasites to thrive in.
The fact is constant consumption of this processed food is dangerous to our long-term health.
I am not saying that you shouldn't have the odd treat now and then, we all deserve a slice of cake or a nice meal out. The key is to make sure when we do it is a one off and not an everyday occurrence.
I also know that making changes big or small can sometimes be difficult. I find that my clients get some big wins with some really simple changes. Try these to get you motivated.
You will not only feel much healthier, you will save money in the long run and most likely lose weight without dieting!
Located in Radcliffe, near Bury, Healthful Hands is ideally located to provide personal health and nutritional coaching and support in the following areas: Ainsworth, Bolton, Blackburn, Bury, Chorley, Farnworth, Haslingden, Heywood, Little Lever, Manchester, Prestwich, Radcliffe, Salford, Swinton, Westhoughton, Whitefield, and throughout Greater Manchester, Lancashire and the North West of England.