Fast food is rich in addictive ingredients
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Reducing your consumption of fast food may seem difficult at first. But by replacing these foods with a balanced and healthy diet you can improve your health, control your weight and even your mood.
What can be the effects on your body when you stop eating fast food
1. You may experience irritability and cravings
Pizza, French fries, and many other fast food foods may seem irresistible and stopping eating them can cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms.
Foods with two or more key ingredients related to palatability, specifically sugar, salt, fat or carbohydrates can activate brain reward neurocircuits in a similar way to drugs such as cocaine or opioids. They can also bypass mechanisms in our bodies that make us feel full and tell us to stop eating, they explain. researchers from the Cofrin Logan Center.
2.Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes
Fast food is rich in easily digestible carbohydrates, sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar. The frequent and moderate consumption of the ingredients that stand out in fast food affects your health, increases the risk of having higher cholesterol levels, more belly fat, higher levels of inflammation, hypertension, poor regulation of blood sugar, an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
When you stop eating fast food and include it in your diet foods with good fats and fiber, you will reduce your cholesterol, inflammation and you will have better blood sugar control.
3. You can reduce your risk of premature death
Stopping fast food also helps you cut down on highly processed foods, such as soda, fried chicken, French fries, and processed meat.
A highly processed diet has been linked to an overall higher risk of death. A study conducted by researchers from the university of Navarra notes that there is an 18% percent increased risk of all-cause mortality from just one serving of ultra-processed foods a day and 62% for those who consume four servings per day. Among the diseases associated with ultra-processed foods, the risk of cancer in general stands out.
4. You can lose weight
Fast food is high in calories and ingredients that, while increasing the risk of disease, also promote weight gain. Frequently eating large amounts of unhealthy carbohydrates, such as potato chips, soda, and bread, can lead to spikes in your blood sugar and then lead to more hunger and cravings.
Over time these foods also promote weight gain, risk of type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Eating and drinking lots of added sugar is a likely cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States and other countries, notes the American Heart Association.
A study published in the journal Preventive Medicine and Hygiene found a significant link between fast food consumption and abdominal obesity. So stopping these foods and eating a healthy diet can make you lose weight.
5. It can improve your skin
Mayo Clinic explains that studies indicate that eating certain foods, including carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, bagels, and potato chips, can make acne worse.
6. Improve your intestinal health
By abandoning fast food you can favor your gut microbiota. A diet rich in refined sugar and unhealthy fats, with low consumption of fruits and vegetables is the enemy of the good bacteria that protect your body and favor the growth of the bad ones.
A Balance in the microbiota not only favors your intestinal health, but also the immune system and mood.
Reducing your consumption of fast food can make you feel better, be healthier, and control your weight.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.