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Why are junk foods so addictive

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-11-10

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Junk foods have very less food value and they are considered to be the enemies of people who propagate healthy living. Though this is a fact, there are hundreds and thousands of people who have been addicted to junk foods. There is something that attracts them to it like a magnet. Even after all this, the person who eats the junk food does not have many good things that come out of eating the junk food. It only causes them to have many bad effects.

There are many diseases that are caused by the addictive junk foods. They cause the person to get diseases like hypertension, obesity, abdominal pain, cancer and various other diseases. These junk foods also make the person to come into the high risk category for heart diseases and also cerebral vascular accidents also known as stroke.

In fact several studies have been done on people who have had junk foods for a long time and their food habits were changed and they were given foods that replaced the junk food. It was found that these people were anxious and were also very unhappy about the replacement of the food that they usually have. These people also suffered from some signs of withdrawal. This makes it confirmed that junk foods can be addictive.

The reasons for this addiction are many and they are listed in this article

1. Brain gets programmed:

The brain gets programmed to like the food and eat it in large quantities. This makes the food addictive and when it is removed, the individual finds it difficult to cope. This is one of the mechanism in which the brain gets programmed to like and also eat the food that makes one happy. So the junk food becomes addictive.

2. Taste of the junk food:

The taste of the junk food is usually strong. The taste is tangy or very sweet making peoples taste buds being stimulated to the extreme. Once the taste buds are exposed to this kind of stimuli, any other food with a lesser ate seems boring and the person does not like the food. This is another important method in which the taste and liking of the person gets affected and the individual gets addicted to the junk food.

3. Additives used in the junk food:

There are various kinds of additives that are added to the junk foods. These additives cause the food to have the extreme taste. These include foods like slats of different varieties which can cause hypertension and even cancer.

These are the various methods in which junk foods cause a person to get addicted to them. This in turn makes the person seek these junk food and eat more in quantity. Finally, the person gets affected by various chronic diseases and also become obese causing the person a great loss. All this can be prevented if the individual can just stop eating the junk food for a few days and they will get de addicted to the junk food.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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