Bad Effects of Eating Junk Food is Immediately felt by the Artery
The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Montreal shows that although you only eat one type of junk food alone, it can clog arteries and decrease blood flow. It can also increase the risk of heart attack because the heart must work harder to pump blood through the narrow arteries.
The study was conducted by observing the width of the artery after eating unhealthy foods like junk food compared to healthy foods.
In the first week of the study, participants were asked to eat junk food which contains saturated fat and the following week, participants were asked to eat healthy foods that contain monounsaturated fats.
When participants ate junk food like burgers consisting of sausage, eggs, cheese plus fries, there will be plaques in the arteries and can narrow the arteries, which over time will cause damage.
However, when participants ate a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, almonds, and vegetables cooked in olive oil, it can maintain blood flow and a normal width of the artery.
The results are consistent with studies that have been done before which studied the benefits of a healthy Mediterranean diet, such as vegetables, healthy fats, nuts, and fish.
“This simple study shows that only a small consumption of unhealthy foods is capable of damaging endothelial function, which is one of the significant factors for atherosclerosis,” said Dr. Anil Nigam, Director of the Research at the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre, as reported by besthealth.
In other words, the right food choices can affect the function of the arteries that can be at risk of hardening of the arteries, which is the cause of many health complications. So you have to be more selective in choosing the food you consume daily.