Do you know why all fast food items such as pizzas, burgers, french fries, rolls and hot dogs are called ‘junk food?’ Well, the official meaning of the word ‘junk’ is of no use, surplus or something that is unnecessary. And all these fast food products that have intruded every nook and corner of the world are called junk as they completely fulfil this meaning.
Today, junk food companies are dominating the food world to a huge extent, with each large food chain generating enormous dollar revenues, creating thousands of job opportunities and influencing diet across the world. But all this comes at the price of health and well-being of many consumers. The results that these junk food can have on your wellbeing are terrible, whether you enjoy them once in a while, twice in a week or every day.
It can cause type 2 diabetes: One of biggest contributing factors for the growing diabetes epidemic is unhealthy diet packed with junk and fast food. When you have a healthy diet, your body gets a gradual supply of glucose, which helps sustain insulin sensitivity. On the other hand, when you eat solely junk food, the excessive stress put on your metabolism affects the potential of your body to use insulin correctly. Since junk food does not have much fibre content, its consumption results in a sharp rise in sugar levels. Moreover, junk food consumption can result in obesity, one of the biggest reasons for insulin resistance and formation of diabetes.