There is a reason junk food is called junk.
Merriam-Webster online defines junk food as:
- food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content
- something that is appealing or enjoyable but of little or no real value.
Cambridge Dictionary online defines junk food as:
food that is not good for your health because it is high in fat, sugar, or artificial substances.
Collins Dictionary online defines junk food as:
if you refer to food as junk food, you mean that it is quick and easy to prepare but is not good for your health.
I’m sure you get the idea or know what junk food is. To be honest, if you walk through most grocery stores and look at the foods and drinks they sell, you find that a significant percentage of them are NOT good for your health for some of the reasons above. Look through your kitchen and pantry and I wouldn’t be surprised if you discovered that many of the items are filled with sugar, fat, artificial colors-preservatives-flavorings and that they have high calories with little nutritional value.
I have a confession – that’s true of my own kitchen and pantry, but over the past year, we have been transitioning to less junk food and more healthy food, especially from my gardens (tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, onions and garlic).
We’ve all heard of the health risks of eating too much junk food. It’s bad for your heart, for your brain, for your kidneys, for your liver and helps puts millions into type 2 diabetes along with increasing the risk of strokes. But did you know that a diet consisting of mostly junk food could lead to blindness and more? Check this out:
A teenage boy who subsisted primarily on junk food went blind from his poor diet, according to a new study.
The 17-year-old, who lives in the United Kingdom, first went to the doctor at age 14 complaining of tiredness, the Annals of Internal Medicine wrote in the study abstract. By the time his doctors discovered that nutrition was the probable cause, his vision was irrevocably damaged.
Though he was a self-described fussy eater, the teen was healthy in all other respects and wasn’t on any medication, said researchers at the University of Bristol in England. Tests showed he had a form of anemia and low vitamin B12 levels. After B12 injections and dietary advice, the doctor sent him home.
However, it did not end there. A year later the boy, who was then 15, had hearing loss and vision symptoms, but doctors couldn’t find a cause, the researchers said in a statement.
Two years after that, he was 17 and legally blind. That’s when they discovered a severe vitamin B12 deficiency, low copper and selenium levels, high zinc levels and “markedly reduced” vitamin D and bone mineral density, the researchers said.
He revealed that his diet consisted mainly of Pringles, french fries, white bread and occasionally some processed meats like ham and sausage.
“Since starting secondary school, the patient had consumed a limited diet of chips, crisps, white bread, and some processed pork,” the researchers said. “By the time the patient’s condition was diagnosed, the patient had permanently impaired vision.”
Most of you are familiar with the old adage – you are what you eat. If you eat lots of junk food, what does that mean you are or what your body becomes? Yep, junk. Your body gets fat, you develop heart disease and diabetes and it could even cause blindness.
Now ask yourself if it’s worth it.