Is junk food really that bad for your health? What are the possible long-term health implications of eating a junk-food heavy diet? You see the perfectly polished advertisements on television, billboards, and elsewhere enticing you to eat these foods. Junk food is available in almost every grocery or convenience store and it does have its perks. For example, junk food is often quick, convenient, and tasty! Junk food manufacturers work hard to make their food products as irresistible as possible with addictive ingredients and flavorings. These ingredients and additives might delight your taste buds, but they can damage your health, particularly if you consume too much junk food too often.
Just because you’re on keto doesn’t mean you’re consuming a nutrient-dense, healthy diet. You can still eat junk food on keto.
What is Junk Food?
Junk food is the term for food that’s high in calories, low in nutrients, and a poor choice for your health. Junk food might also be called fast food.
What’s considered junk food might vary depending on who you ask. Generally speaking, junk foods have a low satiation value, so you don’t feel full when you eat them. Numerous popular snack foods and commercially prepared products fall into the junk food category.
If a food product contains lots of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, white flour, or milled corn, it’s considered junk food. This includes many breakfast cereals and other refined carbohydrates that spike your blood sugar high before it comes crashing down again on a blood sugar rollercoaster.
How can Junk Food Cause Health Problems?
Junk food has been associated with a surprising range of health problems, including inflammation, visceral fat, insulin resistance, arterial plaque build-up, and heart disease, and other chronic diseases   .
Most junk foods are high in carbohydrates and sugar, making them off-limits on keto anyway! However, there are still plenty of keto-friendly junk foods that certainly won’t help you achieve your health goals. Some ‘health’ foods are junk foods in disguise, like sugary granola bars that can easily kick you out of ketosis.