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Healthy food is better than junk food
We are living in an age of MacDonald, KFC and star bucks where it becomes too hard to resist the tantalizing offers of pizzas, burgers, French fries and other appealing stuff these food chains have to offer. The healthier alternatives of food, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat and whole grains are too unappealing to ignite such a craving and finally preference for eating. However, increasing obesity among teens, heart problems, eating disorders and new researches call for our attention. The paper discusses healthy and junk food choices, their impact on human body and mind in addition to some animal researches and concludes that healthy food is certainly better than junk food.
Healthy food provides not only the right source of energy for everyday bodily functions but balanced amount of nutrients like vitamins and minerals fulfill the needs to perform at its optimum level. Junk food, on the other hand gives quick burst of energy that is followed by slow and groggy feeling and its fat content leads to obesity. While healthy food keeps a steady flow of energy throughout the day, it maintains and increases stamina and productivity. Junk foods slow down metabolic activity and cause depleted concentration and energy that makes human body tired. Healthy foods have good cholesterols while junk food is high in bad cholesterol level that has adverse effects on liver. Junk food compulsive eaters are prone to fell ill more readily than healthy eater as they lack healthy nutrients to fight back the illness.
In junk food, useful and healthy nutrients are lost during refining process that eliminates vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. Essential nutrients are stripped away due to excessive heating, pressure or air exposure. Today, children consume more than half of their diet that is composed of highly processed and empty food calories at home and schools. More than 4000 artificial additives in junk food range from preservatives, artificial colors, sweeteners and chemically changed fake fats. Additives are not tested properly that can have adverse effects on human health. FDA received numerous complaints for NutraSweet alone (“Health foods”).
Junk food is prepared by the raw food obtained from farms that is subjected to unhealthy farm practices, such as heavy pesticides, growth hormones and other antibiotic feedings. These factors make foods toxic in comparison with the healthy organic food. Human body has to utilize vital energy and nutrients in order to get rid of such toxic materials (“Health Foods”).
Junk is a slang word attributed to a form of high-fat, processed and empty calorie food that...