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30 Signs Processed Food Consumption is Bad

28. Colorectal Cancer People who consume a diet high in processed foods run the risk of developing colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, around… Trista - September 23, 2018
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28. Colorectal Cancer

People who consume a diet high in processed foods run the risk of developing colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, around 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women in the U.S. will develop colorectal cancer. Although the death rate from this type of cancer has been decreasing, it is still the third leading cause of cancer death in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

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If malignant, it can spread to other parts of the body. Certain processed foods increase your risk of developing colon cancer. These foods include bacon, sausages, hot dogs, lunch meat, and beef jerky. Eating as little as 50 grams of red or processed meat a day raises your risk of colorectal cancer by a whopping 18 percent. And 50 grams is only equivalent to 2 pieces of bacon or a small hot dog.

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29. Metabolic Syndrome

Consuming processed foods has been linked to metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that can lead to heart disease and type II diabetes. To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, three or more of these five risk factors must be present:

  • A large waistline and abdominal obesity
  • High blood pressure or on blood pressure medication
  • Low ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels or on medication for this problem
  • Elevated levels of triglycerides, or on medication for same
  • High fasting blood glucose level, or medication for the same is required
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The culprit in this instance is the high levels of sugars contained in processed foods. If not used by the body, these sugars get stored as fat and cause various metabolic problems. This includes blood sugar spikes that require insulin for stabilization. This can lead to insulin resistance over time, and can also increase triglyceride levels in the blood. The consequences of these metabolic problems can raise the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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30. Anxiety

Are you feeling the need to examine your intake of processed foods yet? If not, there’s something else you should be considering. A person who consumes a diet high in processed foods is more likely to suffer from anxiety. One theory about why this might happen is that the high levels of sugars contained in processed foods cause problems in the gut.

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The gut is where most of the neurotransmitter serotonin is made. This hormone is essential for stabilizing the mood. So, if your diet is high in chemical additives, your body might not be able to maintain a healthy level of serotonin to ward off anxiety and depression. Added sugars cause a spike in blood glucose, which in turn causes increased insulin production. Thus, a cycle of high energy and lethargy is set in motion. These sugars can be so addictive that your body craves more, repeating the cycle.

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