Let’s face it. Many of us are easily tempted by fast food fixes and impulse purchases from vending machines.
Although an occasional taste of junk food won’t hurt your health, if you indulge several times a week, consider changing your eating habits. You may not realize just how much you’re sabotaging your well-being.
Other than gaining weight – and the health issues associated with those extra pounds – there are other serious concerns you should consider before reaching for your next guilty pleasure.
Here are three chronic health conditions that are fueled by unhealthy food choices.
1. Depression. If you eat a lot of foods that are high in sugar or refined grains, you’re likely to experience higher levels of depression than people who do not indulge in these foods. That high glycemic index is to blame.
In fact, a team of researchers working in cooperation with Columbia University professor James E. Gangwisch, Ph.D., studied the effects of a high-glycemic diet on mood.
The result? Sugars that were added to foods had a strong correlation with depression.
Total sugars or total carbohydrates seemed to have no effect.