Sugar is one of the most well known and addictive crystals known to man. It is used in practically everything and the sweetness of it can make your whole day better. But is it very good for you? Although it can be hard to resist, sugar should be avoided in excess due to the risk of a disease that stays with you for life: Diabetes. This disease occurs when too much sugar enters the blood stream and your body is unable to produce its own insulin. You could end up having to stick yourself in the finger with a needle multiple times a day, which can be painful. It is well worth it to watch the sugar levels in your snacks.
I have written a number of articles in the past covering the fat content of food. I’ve explored the non-life-threatening aspects of being overweight, like social problems and overeating, but how about what fat does to the inside of your body, especially your organs? Fat increases your body weight as seen from the outside. More serious things can happen on the inside. According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, being overweight leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, fatty liver disease, and kidney disease. The consequences of obesity can be worse for children than adults.
The sodium in food is the amount of salt contained in that food. Like sugar, sodium can be very addictive. Salt is found in almost every snack, and although salt is okay in moderation, too much can have serious consequences to your internal health. According to Live Science, sodium’s main effect is high blood pressure and “1 in 3 Americans will develop high blood pressure in their lifetime. This could lead to devastating consequences including heart attacks, panic attacks and strokes. Although salty food tastes great, it should only be consumed in small quantities because of its dire consequences. As research has shown, children are more greatly affected by high salt and sugar intake, so we need to start watching what we put into our bodies now, and not when it’s already too late.
Being overweight affects you a lot on the outside. What you can easily see is your belly getting bigger. You can also feel a difference when you weigh more. But the more important question to ask is, “what does this do to the inside of my body and what will the consequences and outcomes be for me?” The truth is, there are a lot of possible outcomes, the scariest of all being death. Three key things to watch out for with unhealthy snacks are sugar, fat, and sodium levels.