Everyone enjoys eating junk food, for sure. But the question is: Are these healthy enough to eat in large quantities or several times a week? We almost often treat junk food as comfort food— grab a bag a chips while watching your favorite TV series, or fill a bowl with ice cream when one feels upset after a stressful day. Some run to the comfort of chocolates, munching away their sorrow in the sweetness of these sumptuous bars.
Research studies have shown that junk food, including fast food items such as French fries, burgers, and hotdogs, are rich in fats and thus, eating these in our daily diets may result in weight problems, as well as excessive calorie intake. Certain fast food items are also rich in sugars, which increases the risk for developing diabetes and weight problems. Physicians and health-oriented organizations have thus aggressively campaigned for the inclusion of healthy food choices in daily diets, which should consist of fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
According to a recent medical report, eating junk food and other fast food items in regular diets may also be responsible in the development of one of the most common problems that affect teenagers— and even adults. German dermatologist Dr. Bodo Melnik has presented information in his report that the characteristics of junk food are the best settings for triggering the production of acne.
Dr. Melnik explained that acne, although considered as a simple skin disorder, has currently transformed into an epidemic affecting not only teenagers, but also adults. His report presents the mechanism of acne development, in which the consumption of fast food items in regular diets induces skin-specific enzymes to become hyperactive, resulting in acne and other skin disorders. He also identified that the Western diets are the main culprit of the acne epidemic, which are generally rich is calories, fats, and meat.
The report presents the results of a comparative study involving diets from both Western and Eastern regions of the world. Unique to most Eastern diets are vegetables, fruits, and grains. Surveys of acne incidence in Eastern countries are lower and further interviewing study participants showed that their diets were far from the sugar- and fat-rich food items consumed in the Western world. However, Eastern citizens who chose to deviate from their traditional diets and adapted Western meals eventually developed acne and other skin disorders. The report has identified specific food items that are associated with acne development, including carbonated drinks, instant noodles, snacks, and instant breakfast drinks. It appears that components of these food items send signals in the body to activate enzymes in the skin, resulting in acne development and other skin imperfections.
This timely report presents findings on how food choices for our daily diets may influence not only the chances of developing severe medical disorders such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, but also the most simple and common health conditions, such as acne. It appears that the quality of food consumed on a regular basis can activate specific proteins and enzymes in the body, thus allowing or preventing certain biological processes. Fruits and vegetables are also rich in antioxidants, which are chemicals that possess the ability to combat harmful molecules that may be present in tissues and cells of the body.
We live in a world that is filled with lots of activity at work, school, and home. Buying prepared food items from restaurants and drive-thru facilities may help us save time in preparing meals; however, it is also important to consider that these food items may also influence the risk of producing a wide range of medical conditions.