Junk food is one of the leading causes of childhood obesity and can increase your risk of developing diabetes, dementia, heart disease and respiratory problems in adulthood.
So how can we avoid these horrible health problems? By stopping what is making us want junk food so bad. Cravings.
What is it about nutrient-void, calorie high junk food that is so addicting we just can’t help but crave them?
Foods like chocolate and lollies that are high in sugar or hot chips and crisps that are high in salt and saturated fat are made to make you feel good. The reason being they increase your serotonin levels which gives you pleasure and makes you feel calm and relaxed in return.
Junk foods are also designed to trick your brain into thinking your body is receiving the right nutrients. They feed you just enough calories so your brain registers it is getting some energy but not too much so your brain doesn’t register you are full. The result is you end up craving these foods and usually tend to overeat.
While they may trick you into feeling good in the short-term, don’t be fooled. Junk food is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt offering little to no nutritional value to your body. They feed your body things it isn’t made to digest and leads to one putting on weight, increasing their chances of becoming obese.
In the long-term junk food has detrimental affects on your body and brain. Chocolate and greasy fast foods are your skin’s worst nightmare contributing to acne and skin irritations. Sugary foods like cookies, ice cream, juices, doughnuts and lollies are detrimental to your teeth, strenuous on your organs, can contribute to depression and affect your memory and your brain’s ability to learn.
So, how can you kick these junk food cravings?
Well thankfully, the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. So, help curb those cravings today by getting to know the right healthy food alternative for your body. Here is a list of the popular foods people crave, and their healthy substitutes: