In extended time, consuming junk foods can trigger metabolic syndrome

Junk food or fast food can indeed be a 'savior' when hungry hit. In fact, some people often make junk food as a 'friend' while doing something. In fact, consumption of junk food is too often harmful to health.

In fact, experts have warned if a person lets himself enjoy junk food, although only a few, there are adverse effects that can happen to the body. Consumption of junk food is thought to be able to trigger potentially life-threatening conditions and metabolic syndrome in normal people.

Meanwhile, for those who have been diagnosed with certain conditions, such as having a risk factor for heart disease, drinking a glass of milkshake full of calories alone can exacerbate the symptoms felt. The main consequence of metabolic disease is an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The study, published in The FASEB Journal, gives a consumption of just one snack can only be fatal and cause long-term effects.

"Consuming junk food is one of those situations where our brains say 'yes' but our bodies say 'no', indicating that we need to use our brains and listen to our bodies," said Gerald Weissman, chief editor of The FASEB Journal, Quoted from the Daily Mail, Friday (6/11/2015).

According to Weissman, the pleasure that a person can when eating junk food can actually be opposite to the negative consequences that will be inflicted. One of the authors of the study, Dr. Suzan Wopereis, of TNO, Microbiology and Systems Biology Group in Zeist, The Netherlands, says that the effect of junk food consumption on a person's diet may seem insignificant, but will have a major impact in the long term.

"Our new approach makes it possible to detect the effects of junk food consumption that are often considered meaningless but relevant, thus contributing to the need to switch from disease care to health care aimed at maintaining health and avoiding disease," explains Dr. Wopereis .

To perfect their findings, Dr. Wopereis and his colleagues analyzed two groups of male volunteers. The first group consisted of 10 healthy men, while the second group consisted of nine men with metabolic syndrome and had a combination of two or more cardiovascular risk factors. For example, they have cholesterol levels, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood fats, and high belly fat.

Blood samples were taken before and after a high-fat milkshake. Then, researchers measured 61 key biomarkers in blood samples including cholesterol and blood sugar. The result, they found a biochemical process related to sugar, fat metabolism, and an abnormal inflammation in people with metabolic syndrome.

Ten healthy male volunteers were also given a snack containing 1300 calories per day for four weeks. The snack is in the form of candy and savory snack, like chocolate, cake, nuts and chips. Researchers later found that the hormones that regulate the control of sugar and fat metabolism as well as inflammation change. The changes are similar to biochemical processes that are also experienced by men with metabolic disease.

The researchers revealed that their findings could be useful for health workers, nutritionists and other medical personnel who play a role in educating the public to try to prevent disease and maintain healthy eating habits.