It’s no secret that the most harmful foods are often the most delicious. Many wonder why this is so. Scientists explain that it’s all about the rapid adaptation of the human body to harmful food. Studies show that the most harmful to health foods have a special chemical composition, which forces them to use them in excessive amounts.
There is a special term that indicates the occurrence of a false sense of hunger, which forces us to eat in excessive quantities harmful food – “hedonic hyperphagia”. This state leads to eating foods not for the sake of satisfying hunger, but for the sake of getting a sense of pleasure from consuming a large amount of carbohydrates and lipids. It takes a long and laborious work to change unhealthy eating habits. But first you need to “know the enemy in person” – consider the 10 most harmful products for human health.
This category includes hamburgers, French fries, instant noodles and other “fast food”. Products in this category quickly satisfy hunger (though for a short while), are relatively inexpensive and are sold at every corner.
Almost all products related to “fast food” contain taste enhancers – in particular, the infamous glutamate sodium E-621. This chemical compound enhances the taste of any dish and, although not included in the official list of banned additives, adversely affects the health status. The main harm of glutamate is that it causes rapid addiction. People who “hooked” on “fast food” healthy foods seems fresh and tasteless. In addition, E-621 adversely affects the state of the nervous system. Read the article about Stretching.
The harm of French fries is also great without the presence of glutamate. Fried potatoes are a high-calorie dish with a huge amount of carbohydrates and fats. At the same time, the lipids contained in it are those same trans fats recognized as guilty of such human diseases as:
- Diabetes mellitus type II;
- Atherosclerosis of vessels;
- Cardiac ischemia;
- Heart attack;
It is proved that trans fats provoke genetic mutations in cells leading to cancer. The damage to fried potatoes is further aggravated by the fact that it is prepared in public catering establishments with the use of repeatedly heated oil. This way of cooking turns the product into a dangerous carcinogen.
Chips and crackers
Chips in excess contain and already mentioned E-621, and salt, and many other chemical additives. This product is often very remotely related to potatoes and is prepared from starch, flour and flavors, giving the product the taste of bacon, cucumbers, shrimps.
Regular use of chips and crackers is a direct way to the development of gastritis, peptic ulcer, stomach cancer. The substances contained in these products irritate the mucosa of the digestive tract and lead to pathogenic cell mutations.
Mayonnaise and ketchup
Mayonnaise is another product full of fatty acid isomers (trans fat). Foods with a lot of mayonnaise has a detrimental effect on the condition of the vessels, making their walls less flexible. As a result, such pathologies as hypertension and atherosclerosis develop, fraught with the most serious complications. The damage of mayonnaise is aggravated by the content of preservatives and stabilizers in this product.
Not less detrimental to health is the frequent use of ketchup. Those products that are sold in supermarkets under this name contain a very small amount of natural tomatoes, but in excess are saturated with dyes, fragrances and other chemical additives.
Sugar and salt
The harm of sugar for the human body is as follows. Sugar leads to a sharp increase in blood glucose levels, which provokes excessive secretion of insulin. Thus, the pancreas starts to work in an intensive mode and is rapidly depleted. And this is a direct way to the development of diabetes mellitus. The incidence of diabetes increases every year: doctors believe that it is the use of sweets, confectionery and other foods high in sugar – the main reason for such disappointing statistics.
In addition, regular consumption of sugar causes the following diseases and pathological conditions:
- Weakening of the immune status, which leads to an increased risk of infectious diseases;
- Violation of the mineral balance in the body;
- Pathologies of gums and teeth;
- Osteoporosis, caused by a violation of calcium absorption.
The list goes on and on: doctors have more than a hundred diseases associated with excessive consumption of sugar.
Now we will find out what harm salt is. This product (or rather, seasoning) is an essential element in the human diet, but its need is limited to 10-15 g per day. We consume 5-10 times more than this amount. Excess intake of salt leads to a violation of the balance of fluid in the body, which in turn increases the burden on the kidneys, heart and blood vessels. The result – renal failure, heart attacks, strokes, vision impairment.
White bread is a typical representative of “fast carbohydrates”, very harmful for a person’s full life. This product leads to an excessive intake of a large number of calories, which the body must postpone in the form of fat stores. In addition, modern bread is prepared with the mandatory use of harmful additives and compounds leading to the development of digestive, vascular and oncological ailments.
Canned foods are, in fact, a dead product that does not contain anything useful. In addition, canned foods usually contains food additives, salt and chemicals in increased quantities. To consume canned food experts are advised only in those cases when it comes to saving from starvation.
Quality chocolate (without palm oil and other additives) is not harmful in limited quantities, but huge bars, which we are strongly advised to satisfy hunger, are a definite harm to the body. Such foods contain excessive amounts of sugar, which a person already consumes in excess. The same goes for sweets – especially caramel and candy.
Some scientists do not consider milk to be a product suitable for human nutrition. Others are not so categorical, but they also do not recommend eating dairy food more than 100 grams per day. This is especially true of yoghurts, which are being aggressively promoted as the most useful products in the world. In fact, yoghurts contain a large number of thickeners, stabilizers and flavors, uniquely harmful to health. So, if you need live bacteria, it’s better to buy specialty pharmaceuticals.
The harmfulness of carbonated beverages is in the excessive amount of foods “chemistry” contained in these products. Lemons, sodas and all sorts of “colas” also contain a huge amount of sugar. Regular drinking of popular soda leads to the washing away of calcium from bones, problems with digestion and other undesirable consequences. Even if you drink low-calorie drinks with sugar substitutes, then in this case they do not bring much benefit. On the question whether the sweeteners are harmful, most doctors today answer – yes, especially some of them.
Everyone knows that alcohol harms health. Alcohol has a negative effect on the digestive system, kidneys, and heart. Even a small amount of alcohol causes a tangible impact on the liver cells and cells of the nervous system, causing a stressful situation in the body.
Regular use of alcohol leads to the formation of a psychological, and then physico-chemical dependence.