Experts recommend eating light snacks to reduce drowsiness and gain energy. Most students prefer foods that are easy to eat and offer flavor punches. Which is why, despite their many health disadvantages, many test takers favor junk food as their choice for break time snacks.
Everyone knows that junk foods are unhealthy snacks. But why are people still eating them?
Based on a study, junk foods tick most, if not all, of the factors that induce food cravings. They can make you crave with their melt-in-your-mouth, soft-and-crunchy, sweet-and-savory variations. Added to their easy accessibility and affordability, it is no wonder that many people are getting addicted to these unhealthy snacks.
As a test taker, you should avoid eating junk foods. Frequently munching on these preservative-loaded snacks can inflict devastating blows to your overall health that can change your life. According to various studies around the world, eating junk foods regularly can:
• Generate Insatiable Food Cravings
Melt-in-your-mouth foods can deceive your brain in thinking that you are eating insufficiently. This metabolic occurrence, which was aptly called vanishing caloric density by many scientists, prompts you to eat more of that junk food in the hopes of satisfying your hunger.
• Cause Nutrient Deficiency Despite Weight Gain
Though some junk foods come from healthy ingredients, the intensive processes they undergo during production strip them of their nutrients. Consuming large quantities of sugar-loaded chips that have zero nutritional content will no doubt lead to digestive problems, trigger fluctuations in your blood sugar levels and result in weight gain.
• Induce Episodic Brain Fog
Brain fog refers to brief bouts of mental confusion, compromised concentration and general forgetfulness that people can experience due to their way of life, medication intake or health condition. Though many factors can induce brain fog, drastic changes in an individual’s blood sugar levels are the most common cause of this episodic occurrence. Experiencing brain fog while reviewing, especially while taking the exam, is every test taker’s nightmare.
• Promote Brain Damage
Research revealed that a week of continuous junk food intake could cause memory impairment. The findings of another study on animals showed similar results, with subjects exhibiting decreased learning capacity after integrating junk foods into their diet. According to scientists, a generous supply of trans-fat from the snacks interfered and slowly replaced the healthy fats that enhance brain signals.
• Encourage the Development of Serious Physiological Conditions
The absence of nutritional value, coupled with its high levels of sugar and calories, ultimately make junk food a disease-promoting agent. Excessive consumption can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Its accumulated effects can also increase the risk of developing life-threatening diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart diseases.
Snacking on junk foods during your IELTS training breaks is a big no-no if you want to maintain your mental alertness. For all their flavorful novelties, junk foods are definitely not brain-empowering. The devastating effects of their regular consumption, on the body and mind, far outweigh the short-term, calorie-loaded enjoyment they offer.
If you ever feel the need for snacks while taking your classes in IELTS Cebu, munch on other foods that not only reduce your sleepiness but also boost your cognitive performance.
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The author works at an IELTS review center in Cebu City at the moment. She was once a computer instructor in CA. She likes to travel in numerous nations and loves photography.