Most of the
people know that unhealthy food causes different health problems like blood
pressure, heart problems and much more.
Then why we are so attracted to junk food? The smell, color, texture of the
food is so attractive that you can’t resist. Another reason is the actual
composition of food macronutrients – a mixture of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. In the case of
“junk” food, food producers are looking for the perfect combination
of salt, sugar and fat, which excites your brain and makes you eat them again
and again. Here are the things that happen to your brain when you eat junk food-
1- It could become addictive
Overconsumption of junk food triggers neuron response which leads to
compulsive eating and you get addictive to the food.
2- Sensory-specific response
Our brain gets easily bored with
the same food so fast and that why we crave for different food. So, junk food
is made in such a way that every bite has a different taste and we don’t get bored.
3- Dynamic Contrast
Junk foods are so crispy, tasty with different flavors in the same food. The brain goes crazy and finds it very
4- Quick meltdown of food
Junk food easily meltdown in your mouth and send signals to your brain that
you are not full and you continue to eat it.
5- Salivary response
The more you crave for a food, the more you salivate and it covers your
taste buds. Hot chocolate, butter, ice cream, salad dressing cause salvation
and you love eating it whether it is good or not.
6- Calorie density
Junk food convinces the brain that the body receives food, but does not
overfill. The receptors in the mouth and stomach send information to the
brain about nutrition (this causes a pleasant feeling), but not about
satiety. It’s difficult to stop on time.
7- Memories of past good food experience
Whenever you eat something tasty your brain saves that feeling. Next time
whenever you see the same food again, you start salvation. You crave and you
can’t stop yourself from buying it.
How to avoid it
Don’t to any of the places which serve junk food when you are stressed, because
in stress condition you crave more and eat lots.
Simple changes in lifestyles can
help you to reduce the consumption of junk food. Eat only healthy foods like vegetables
and fruits; it will decrease your craving for junk food.
Don’t keep yourself so hungry that the first thing you see you eat. And
never visit grocery shopping empty stomach; you will end with lots of junk food
Eat proper and healthy food at regular interval of time.