This is How a High-Sodium Diet Can Harm You



One of the most important reasons for our addiction to junk food is the fact that it is high in sodium. A number of studies have shown that food that’s high in sodium tends to be more appealing to the palate and also more addictive. This is why we just can’t have enough of those chips! Besides making us want to eat more of it, excessive intake of salt as also been associated with a number of health risks including hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, thanks to the main culprit in it, sodium chloride. The worst part is many junk food brands stealthily put sodium in a number of foods without revealing the actual content. But now, scientists seem to have found a solution to our problem. A group of researchers from Washington State University have found a way to make salt formulation with the same taste but less sodium chloride than our usual table salt. The study published in the Journal of Food & Science says that this is a good way to make people eat less sodium and hence have better health. While we can hope that this new table salt becomes more popular, we need to keep a watch on our sodium intake. WHO recommends less than 5 gm of salt per day. But, thanks to our dependence on fast food and processed food, it is safe to say that we are all crossing that limit. Here are ways a high-sodium diet can harm you, besides giving you high blood pressure:

High risk of death: A recent study by Lancet journal which analysed data from 195 countries, found that diets high in sodium, low in whole grains, and low in fruit lead to over five million diet-related deaths globally in 2017. A study showed how increased sodium intake and increased risk of death were closely linked. In fact, both low levels and high levels of sodium consumption are associated with increased mortality.

High risk of dementia: A 2018 study showed that a diet high in salt can reduce the blood flow to the brain and cause dementia which means that high dietary salt intake and neurovascular and cognitive impairment are linked.

Accelerated ageing: A diet high in salt is likely to make you age faster. This is because salt can lead to water retention and bloating which reduce the water intake of your internal organs that leads to dehydration. This has a disastrous effect on your skin.

 



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Study Finds Eating Junk Food Can Raise Risk of Bipolar Disorder And Depression



Feeling depressed? It’s time to cut out the unhealthy junk food from your diet as it increases the risk of psychological disorders including bipolar disorder and depression, say researchers.

Junk food is not only harmful for metabolism but also increases the risk of psychological problems such as bipolar disorder and depression, irrespective of personal characteristics such as age, gender, education and marital status, according to the study, published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.

High-sugar consumption was found to be linked with bipolar disorder, while fried foods or processed grains were associated with depression.

“Perhaps the time has come for us to take a closer look at the role of diet in mental health because it could be that healthy diet choices contribute to mental health,” said lead author Jim E Banta, Associate Professor at Loma Linda University, California.

“More research is needed before we can answer definitively, but the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction,” Banta added.

The findings provide “additional evidence that public policy and clinical practice should more explicitly aim to improve diet quality among those struggling with mental health”.

It also pointed out that “dietary interventions for people with mental illness should especially target young adults, those with less than 12 years of education, and obese individuals.”

For the study, the team of researchers reviewed data from over 2,40,000 telephone surveys conducted between 2005 and 2015.



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UGC Directs Varsities, Colleges to Ban Sale of Junk Food on Campuses, to Promote Healthy Lifestyle



New Delhi: University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday issued a notice to Vice Chancellors of all universities requesting them to ensure strict adherence to the advisory issued in November 2016, which calls for banning junk food in colleges. The is to “set new standards for healthy food and reduce obesity levels in Young Learners”.

“Banning junk food in colleges will set new standards for healthy food, making the students live better, learn better and reduce obesity levels. This will prevent lifestyle diseases which have a direct link with excessive weight,” the UGC said in a communication to the universities. The circular was issued after a directive from the HRD ministry, asking the UGC to ban the sale of junk food on premises of higher education institutions.

“You are requested to ensure strict adherence to the advisory. Create awareness among the younger generation who are vulnerable,” it added.

A similar move was made earlier by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which had directed all affiliated schools to take junk food off their canteen menu. At the time, schools were also asked to inspect lunch boxes of students, create awareness about nutritious food and regularly monitor students’ health.

(With PTI inputs)





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रात को नहीं आती ठीक से नींद, ये जंक फूड का असर तो नहीं?


न्यूयॉर्क: अगर आप रात में जंक फूड खाते हैं तो आपके लिए ये जानना बहुत जरूरी है कि इससे आपकी बॉडी पर क्‍या असर होता है. एक नए शोध के परिणामों में इन बातों का खुलासा हुआ है.

इसमें कहा गया है कि रात में जंक फूड खाना, मोटापे को दावत दे सकता है. इससे नींद पर भी असर होता है. साथ ही ये मधुमेह व दूसरे स्वास्थ्य संबंधी समस्याओं से जुड़ा हुआ है.

अमेरिका के एरिजोना विश्वविद्यालय में मनोचिकित्सा विभाग के माइकल ए ग्रैंडनर ने कहा, ‘प्रयोगशाला के अध्ययन से पता चलता है कि रात में जंक फूड की लालच की वजह से नींद में कमी हो सकती है, जो आगे चलकर रात में जंक फूड सेवन की आदत में बदल सकती है और इससे मोटापा बढ़ जाता है’.

ये अध्‍ययन फोन पर किया गया. इसकी रिपोर्ट को बाल्टीमोर में एसोसिएटेड प्रोफेसनल स्लीप सोसायटीज एलएलसी (एपीएसएस) की 32वीं वार्षिक बैठक में प्रस्तुत किया गया. इसमें 3,105 वयस्कों से लिए गए आंकड़ों का विश्लेषण किया गया था.
(एजेंसी से इनपुट)



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आपके बच्चों की जीभ जंक फूड को देखकर ललचाती है तो यह टीवी देखने से भी हो सकता है



मेलबर्न: अगर आपके बच्चों की जीभ जंक फूड को देखकर ललचाती है तो यह टीवी देखने से भी हो सकता है. टीवी पर जंक फूड के विज्ञापन उस समय अधिक प्रसारित होते हैं जो समय बच्चों के टीवी देखने का होता है. एक नए अध्ययन में कहा गया है कि बच्चों को स्वास्थ्यवर्द्धक खाद्य पदार्थ के विज्ञापनों की तुलना में स्वास्थ्य को नुकसान पहुंचाने वाले खाद्य पदार्थ के विज्ञापन दोगुने दिखाए जाते हैं.

ऑस्ट्रेलिया में एडिलेड विश्वविद्यालय के शोधकर्ताओं ने पाया कि अगर कोई बच्चा हर दिन 80 मिनट तक टीवी देखता है तो वह हर साल जंक फूड के 800 से अधिक विज्ञापन देखेगा. एडिलेड विश्वविद्यालय की सहायक प्रोफेसर लीसा स्मिथर्स ने कहा, हमने जो आंकड़ें कहीं भी देखे हैं उनमें से यह सबसे खराब हैं.

ऑस्ट्रेलिया और संभवत : दुनिया में भोजन के विज्ञापनों का अध्ययन करने के लिए स्वास्थ्य शोधकर्ताओं द्वारा इस्तेमाल किए गए यह सबसे बड़े आंकड़ें हैं.

टीवी पर खाद्य पदार्थ के सबसे अधिक दिखाए जाने वाले विज्ञापनों में स्नैक फूड , मीट , फास्ट फूड और मीठे पेय पदार्थ शामिल हैं. अध्ययन में पाया गया कि बच्चों के टीवी देखने के पीक समय के दौरान जंक फूड के विज्ञापन स्वस्थ खाद्य पदार्थ के विज्ञापनों के मुकाबले 2.3 गुना अधिक दिखाए जाते हैं.



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