Junk food and diabetes-Junk foods are unhealthful foods. Junk foods are high in calories but very low in nutritional value. In general, these foods include processed and prepared snack foods with long, often unpronounceable ingredient lists. They are usually high in calories fat, sugar, salt, and processed carbohydrates, and low in useful nutrients, such as fibre, vitamins, and minerals. These food includes many types of fast food, processed foods, and premade snack foods. People should eat these type of foods infrequently, especially if they have diabetes.
Junk foods may contribute to diabetes in the following ways:
1. Rapid effect on blood sugar levels
Highly processed foods that are high in calories but low in vitamins, minerals, and fibre break down quickly in the body and can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels.
2. Inappropriate portion size
These foods are usually not very filling and frequently come in large portion sizes. These factors may lead people overeat junk foods. This can have a negative impact on diabetes, including blood sugar and weight gain.
3. Weight gain
Its poor nutritional qualities and ability to encourage overeating, people who eat junk food may gain weight. Excess weight and body fat are major risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90–95 percent of all cases of diabetes.
4. High blood pressure
Junk food is usually very high in sodium salt, which suffer to high blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
5. Triglyceride levels
Junk foods are high in trans and saturated fats, which can raise levels of triglycerides, a type of fat that is present in the blood. High levels of triglycerides increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.