Sugar is probably one of the most well known and most addictive crystals known to man. It is practically used in everything and the sweetness of it could make your whole day better. But the question is, 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 covering the fat content of food in the past. 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, strokes, fatty liver diseases, and kidney diseases. As a child or teen, the odds of either consequence are higher. The outcomes of obesity can be worse for youth than adults.
The sodium in foods is the amount of salt contained in a certain food. And like sugar, sodium can be very addictive crystals. 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. Also, according to Live Science, salt increases calories in your body which contribute to fatty weight gain. Although salty food tastes great, it should only be consumed in small quantities because of its dire consequences. As research has shown, youths are more greatly affected by high salt and sugar intake so we, the next generation, 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 of your body. What you can easily see is your belly getting bigger. You can also feel and see 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 different outcomes to this. The scariest of all being death. Three key things to watch out for with unhealthy snacks are sugar, fat, and sodium levels.