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Nowadays, the lifestyle of people got changed which is an epidemic in terms of health. A few decades ago, most health issues arose from chronic diseases and illnesses of a physical nature that were genetic and biomedical. However, contemporary concerns of health are mostly linked to lifestyle choices: food and exercise. Media propaganda and commercial advertising create a demand for unhealthy fried food that the masses strive to consume at higher and higher rates every year. However, despite the numerous excuses made for fried food, there are many detrimental effects to high rates of fried food consumption. Here are ten negative health effects of eating fried food.
10. Unsustainable Calorie Counts
Baking, steaming or light frying are all manners of cooking in which little to no amount of oil is utilized. However, when food is deep fried in heavy oil, the oil gets absorbed in the diet. The marinated coating of flour in oil does not retain water and instead gains a lot of fat. This means that fried food, unlike natural and unprocessed food, are heavy in fat and calories. Additionally, refined oils are more harmful than unrefined oils such as sunflower oils and extra virgin olive oil.
9. Trans Fat Values
Trans Fat is also known as Trans fatty acids that are unsaturated fats. Trans Fat values of a product can are visible on the back side of all the products where the ingredient list of the package is mentioned. Trans fats are those hydrogenated unsaturated fats. A lot of packaged food is high in such hydrogenated fats like frozen pizza because these Trans fats allow the product to last for a more extended period. However, this occurs during deep frying as well, when the oil is stored at elevated temperatures. Trans fats are extremely tough to deconstruct and use, and the body struggles with it: in fact, trans fats increase the risk to coronary artery disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. One should eat only 1% of Trans fats in your daily calories.
8. Coronary Diseases
The primary reason for heart diseases is dependent on your diet intake. Fried foods cause high BP (blood pressure), cholesterol, and diabetes, all precipitating factors for heart diseases. The statistical probability of having heart disease rises with the number of times the individual eats fried food, showed a study. This positive correlation is a cause for concern: the risks for heart attack and heart failure are rising and expanding to include younger ages. Eating healthy containing less processed foods has been shown to decrease the probability of coronary diseases.
Fried food, with its trans fats and oils, is a precursor to the development of type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is shown to occur in those individuals that eat fried food more than twice during a week. The statistical occurrence of type 2 diabetes also increased with the rate of consumption of fried food of an individual: ‘40% to 50% more likely to develop diabetes’ prognosis was assigned to individuals who ate fried food for six or more meals a week.
Obesity is a rising epidemic, particularly in light of the crisis of exercise: people are adopting more and more sedentary lifestyles that interfere with metabolism and health. Average calorie intake is between 1,500 calories to around 2,500 calories, depending on body type, sex (not gender), and the type of lifestyle. The composition of fried food is such that it has a high-calorie count, causing each meal to go above the required amount. Trans fats also bolster weight gain, they may affect neurological components of weight: hormones, neurotransmitters such as the dopaminergic feedback loop, and gut microbes. Studies show that increased consumption of trans fat led to the gain of half a kilogram or nearly one pound in women.
5. Popular Culture and Reused Oils
Media and popular culture downplay the negatives of fried food and advertise it as a normality in the lifestyle of many people. Cooked poultry is often seen on TV, but the side effects of such eating-out habits are not mentioned, particularly the harm of reusing oils when creating the dishes at a fast food restaurant. Ever seen them dipping the batches of fries into the same oil over and over again? These meals are often laden with harmful residues and the deep frying over-saturates the meal with trans fats. Be wary of fried food in fast food places in particular..
4. Acrylamide Associations
Acrylamide is, chemically, a process that happens during high-temperature cooking. Frying, alongside baking, produces this toxic chemical, which is predominantly found in potatoes (laden with fructose, glucose: sugars), french fries, food made from grains like cookies and toast. It increases the risk for several types of cancer(10-13), it is best for those with a genetic link to cancer to watch how much of this they consume.
3. Hypothalamic Feedback
The hypothalamus deals with essential functions of hunger and appetite, concerning emotions, by way of its connections to the amygdala, creating a feedback loop. The maintenance of desire becomes difficult with the over-consumption of saturated fats and trans fat, which affect the neurological components related to eating. It results in an inability to control hunger, the amount consumed and creates a craving for the same foods that are detrimental. However, this can be balanced by the consumption of unsaturated fats. It is a vital symptom of those with diabetes: the brain is not impenetrable; it is weak to such influences as well, despite the blood-brain barrier.
2. Heart Failure
The most important negative health effect due to the intake of fried food is heart failure. It becomes very tough to recover from it. Excessive consumption of cooked food like cheese, fries, fried egg causes overweight, elevated blood pressure which in turn can cause the development of diabetes. These all are the risk factor top heart failure. The probability of such an occurrence increases by 68% with the consistently high consumption of fried food.
1. Gut Microbes
You are what you eat, has been a famous aphorism from time immemorial. It is present in scientific data: when an individual consumes fried food, the gut microbes become accustomed to such a diet, and then they begin to demand more of the same. So, if you eat fried food regularly, your body begins to request you to consume more and more of it. If you stop eating regularly, then your brain will raise the demand for the consumption of fatty food that results in craving. Craving further forces you to intake more and more fried food.
Lifestyle related health concerns are increasing in number with the current generation, and it is largely due to food and exercise habits. Fried food are a large part of this epidemic. Breaking this cycle with healthier foods is the only way to disrupt the feedback loop and stop the body from creating cravings for junk food. Eating right begins with the avoidance of heavily fried food.