Want to know what happens to your body if you eat too many ultra-processed foods?
If yes, keep on reading!
This article will talk about the impact of eating too much processed food and how it contributes to inflammation, disturbed metabolism, and water retention in the body.
Effects Of Eating Too Many Processed Foods:
Eating processed food is like drinking poison. Seriously?! Yes! It both gets our blood pumping and energizes us. That sounds good but there are some serious downsides to eating those processed foods.
Inflammation is the most common reason why we get sick. Research states that inflammation is the cause of nearly 90% of all diseases. The problem is that most ultra-processed foods are highly processed and are loaded with preservatives and other chemicals that can cause inflammation.
Heavily processed foods are empty calories, often contain too much sugar, and are loaded with salt. Why are they this way? It is all about taste, that is, the short term satisfaction without any consideration of the eventual let down or the nutrient demand of the body. Specifically, these processed ingredients do not give the necessary nutrients for the metabolism to run at full speed. Furthermore, the body must compensate for the lack of requisite nutrients by moblizing them out of itself to allow for metabolism and hormone regulation. What does that mean? Not only do ultra-processed foods tend to be more energy-dense and have more calories per gram, they also leading to metabolic syndrome and other chronic diseases.
Not only do processed foods contain a lot of added sodium, but they also contain a lot of processed carbohydrates. In addition to having minimal nutritional value, consuming these carbohydrates in excess can lead to water retention because carbohydrates contain more water than protein or fat. Also, the insulin you get from processed carbohydrates causes sodium to be reabsorbed by the kidneys instead of excreted.
The Final Takeaway!
The best way to reduce inflammation and water retention and yet support a strong and healthy metabolism is by eating fresh foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Read the labels before you buy so you may pick items that are as fresh as possible and less processed.