Making Healthy Junk Food Snacks Instead Of Avoiding Them

    Making Healthy Junk Food Snacks Instead Of Avoiding Them

    Picture this: You’re clacking away in front of the computer or watching your favorite Netflix series, with a bag of Doritos or a roll of Oreos at your side. At the same time, you take sips from a can of Coca-Cola or Pepsi (dealer’s choice). Later, you look in the mirror and vow that you’re going to eat healthier starting tomorrow. Nine times out of 10, you fail to keep that promise. What if we told you that it’s actually possible? In this article, we will look at what healthy junk food snacks are available to us. It’s easier than you think.

    Why do we eat junk food and why we should cut down

    Junk food is unhealthy as the name suggests. Highly sugary foods and heavily saturated fats compose junk foods. We all crave junk food but we also all know that they’re not the best things to eat. Its short-term effects can work for us, but they’re exactly that: short-term.

    When you eat junk food, the reward centers of your brain light up and make you want to eat more. Even when you can’t sleep, it can be a sign that you’re hungry. The hunger-control hormone, ghrelin, pushes you to eat more; the hunger-suppressing hormone leptin declines; while the stress hormone cortisol rises and fuels appetite. For these reasons precisely, looking into healthy junk food snacks is worth a shot.

    Sometimes we turn to junk food out of habit. It helps us deal with stress stemming from negative feelings and thoughts.

    Long-term effects of eating junk food

    The effects of junk food impacts our body negatively over a prolonged period of time. Saturated fats raises cholesterol levels and plaque in the blood vessels, making it hard for blood to course throughout the body effectively. This results in a greater risk for heart disease. Meanwhile, too much sugar results in weight gain, which could put you at risk for diabetes. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners make our bodies more resistant to insulin.

    Healthy junk food snacks we can eat instead

    Experts have provided many ways – and alternatives – by which we can cut down on junk food and while these definitely do deliver results, some of them look at cutting down in a restrictive way. We suggest getting creative and think about eating “healthy” junk food snacks.

    Here are some ‘junk’ food that would be better to try than your usual options:

    Key Takeaway

    The list above can go on and on. But the point is, there are ways to cut down on your junk but still enjoy food. Your body – inside and out – will thank you for it.

    More about Healthy Eating here.

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    Written by China Logarta · Updated Apr 29, 2022