Most people who switch to a vegetarian diet are ecstatic to find out that they can still eat certain junk food, such as chips, and marketers will label their food as ‘vegetarian’ just to make it sound better. Because of this, many vegetarians end up eating a diet that consists mainly of junk food, and they can become less healthy than their meat-eating friends!
All junk food is high in unhealthy fat. It is also very high in calories. Junk food plays a huge role in the epidemic of obesity. There is no denying that a diet high in fat and calories will add pounds to your body and possibly strip years from your life. Obesity increases risk of diabetes, heart disease, and a variety of other health conditions.
The fact that junk food has very little fiber, if any, makes it a non-filling food. Because it is already high-calorie and high-fat, this will ensure that a person will eat far beyond their daily calorie and fat needs.
A diet based on junk food can also cause issues with the hormones in the body. A healthy diet is required to provide adequate nutrition to keep the body functioning properly, but when an unhealthy diet is predominant, it can not only affect the body negatively, but also the mind. Depression is associated with high-fat and high-calorie diets, which is likely caused by hormonal changes.
Also, junk food tends to be high in sugars or sodium, depending on whether you are eating sweet or salty foods. Eating too much salt can contribute to liver disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. Eating too much sugar has been linked to diabetes, acne, suppressed immune system, ovarian cancer, copper deficiency, premature aging, ulcers, arthritis, heart disease, and the list goes on and on.
In the end, a healthy vegetarian diet is not just about excluding meat. It is about eating fresh food that has not been altered in any way. Processed food not only alters real food, but it also uses additives to give a different color and taste, and preservatives to increase the lifespan of the food. In short, adopt a habit of making your own food out of fresh ingredients, or buy prepackaged food from companies who use organic ingredients without preservatives or addictive. Or, avoid processed foods altogether.