Why you shouldn’t snack on junk food

Most junk foods, including your favourite brand of noodles, burgers and aloo bhujia, contain very high levels of trans fats, salt and sugar, which inevitably leads to severe ill health and diseases like obesity and diabetes in young people in India, according to a study by the Centre For Science and Environment.

`The younger generation, hooked to junk food, are vulnerable to heart disease in the prime of their life,` says a junk food and nutrition study conducted by the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment.

`We all know junk food is bad, yet we still eat it. But, do we know how bad it is? Do we ever check what we are eating, and whether that packet of chips or Maggi noodles has what it claims it has? Our new study, which looks at the nutritional value of these foods, is to make people aware of what these foods really contain and what they will do to our health,` Sunita Narain, director general of CSE, told a press conference while releasing the new study here Friday.

She said that CSE lab tested 16 major brands of junk foods relished by people, particularly the young, including Maggi and Top Ramen noodles, MacDonald`s foods, KFC`s fried chicken and Haldiram`s Aloo Bhujia, among others.

`It was shocking that companies resort to large scale misbranding and misinformation. Many say their products contain zero trans fats, but CSE finds heavy doses of it, which is not good for health,` Narain said.

According to her, CSE`s study which tested a host of samples of popular foods such as potato chips, snacks like aloo bhujia, noodles, soft drinks, burgers, French fries and fried chicken, shows that having just one serving of these foods completely overturns our daily diet chart.

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