|07-01-2007, 12:48 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
It'd reduce sodium / saturated and trans fats / sugar intake, which have their own benefits..
Sodium: I hear it increases blood pressure. Also, your kidneys have to expel excess sodium along with water..
Saturated fat: Don't have a conclusion.
Trans fat: Makes it hard for your cells to breathe, which kills them, I guess...
Sugar: Unused carbs are converted to actual fat. Also, if you have a high blood sugar level constantly, your cells will become resistant to it and insulin, which would give you diabeties. Sugar is digested more rapidly than more complex carbs, so it goes into the bloodstream quickly after you eat it and causes a spike in blood-glucose levels. Complex carbs would get released gradually which would allow the body to use them up before blood-glucose can get high. They still might make you fat though, but not as much as sugars since more would get metabolized. Also, you should feel better without spikes in your blood sugar.
Also, junk food has little vitamins / minerals and usually little EFAs / protein / other good fats. If you get rid of it, you'll increase the nutrient density of your diet..
I'm not sure how exactly it'd help but there are some studies which found benefits in consuming pretty high levels of some nutrients.
|07-01-2007, 01:56 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2007
I guess it depends on the other aspects of that already healthy persons diet.
Like I tell my kids, takeaway/junk food is a sometimes food.
The problem with junk food I believe is the oportunity cost, you have an oportunity to have a meal which includes clean vitamins, nutrients, carbs... or you can have junk food which is highly processed and is not as beneficial.
In answer to your question, I think a healthy person who gets the right amount of vitamins, nutrients, drinks plenty of water and has a limited junk food intake would have very little marginal health improvement from replacing their one junk food meal a week/fortnight with a healthier meal.
But if it's more often than that, I think the marginal health benefits would increase exponentially with each junk food meal that is replaced.
|07-01-2007, 11:09 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2007
If you eat a lot of junk food, the benefit might be more long-term. Our bodies tolerate a lot, especially when we are younger, but eventually your body may object to the cumulative effects of what you have been eating.
I subscribe to an "all things in moderation" view, though. I don't think occasional junk food in an overall healthy diet is a big deal.
|07-02-2007, 01:48 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Having said that, I would say the #1 benefit is remaining healthy. Regaining your health is a lot harder than maintaining it.
Last edited by Keith; 07-02-2007 at 01:50 AM.
|07-02-2007, 02:01 AM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Its interesting to compare what different cultures and ethnic groups consider healthy eating in comparison to body types, georgraphy and climates. Consider where you live and your energy level. We're all brainwashed about what is good for us. How do food you eat enable you to feel?
|07-02-2007, 01:06 PM||#11 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2007
If you eat a very small amount of junk food and you are extremely healthy, you'll probably see little to no benefit if you stop eating it.
However, in the case of chronic disease or disorder, an extremely strict diet might be required to make a difference.
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