What the Health? The Dangers of a Processed Food Diet

Do you tend to binge on processed foods a little too often? Well, it may be time for a reality check- here’s what you’re doing to your health…

It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s either an ad for processed food or you come face to face with it. It looks incredibly delicious — rich, buttery, cheesy, sweet — all to entice you to drop your hard-earned cash on food that does little to actually nourish you.

Eating processed food is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Want to know why? Read on to find out.

It Clogs Your Arteries

The debate over dietary cholesterol and its role in clogging your arteries has been raging for decades. One thing is for sure though, processed foods play a huge role in the buildup of plaque in your arteries. Over time, this buildup can put you on a dangerous collision course with a heart attack or stroke.

Processed foods don’t just lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries, it can build up in your colon, too. According to the article from Microbe Formulas entitled “Rope Worm: Parasite or Mucoid Plaque?“, consuming too many processed foods causes a buildup of mucoid plaque in your colon.”

Doctors have speculated that diets rich in processed foods as well as meats, eggs, and dairy are at high risk for atherosclerosis. The best way to avoid clogged arteries is to switch to the Mediterranean or plant-based diet.

Processed Foods Lead to Obesity

Processed foods are pretty tasty, and for good reason, they’re super calorically dense! A single meal at a fast-food restaurant can contain well over 1,000 calories. Eat three meals out a day and you’re at risk of hitting 3,000 calories per day, 1,000 calories over the recommended amount of calories you should eat.

Over time, a diet rich in processed food will lead to the accumulation of weight. And if you think that gaining a little weight over time is not a big deal, think again. Obesity has tons of co-morbidities like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

It Can Be Addicting

Why, if we know that processed food is so bad for us, don’t we put down the burger and walk away? Unsurprisingly, it’s not that simple, and food companies know that fact.

In fact, food companies deliberately formulate their foods to have just the right amount of salt, sugar, and fat to help hook consumers. This point is called the “bliss point,” and it is believed to have a similar impact on your brain when you eat the food as drug users get when they get high.

The end result is a constant cycle of eating food that you “crave” in order to get the same response from the pleasure chemicals in your brain. Then, like a drug or cigarette addict, you’re hooked.

Give Your Diet a Break

It’s no secret that processed food can be incredibly delicious. But the fact that it contributes to so many life-threatening conditions should make you think twice before chowing down on that burger. Eat it sparingly, and make sure to fill up on plenty of whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.

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