Addictive Food And Their Harmful Consequences
I am sure most of you are fond of at least one product that has the effect of a stimulant and that eventually becomes an addiction. These products include exercise stimulant drinks (they come in cans and look like cola), fizzy aerated drinks, tobacco, betel nut, betel leaf, strong coffee, strong tea, and alcohol.
Before I tell you why you shouldn’t consume these products, I’d like to deal with the question of why we do consume them in the first place.
There's nobody who doesn't realize that items like these, consumed in excess, can seriously hurt our bodies. However, we despite everything discover them difficult to stand up to. The need to eat energizer food is a basic human shortcoming that has existed for a very long time: people have consistently enjoyed nourishment that give such a passionate high. In clinical terms, this means rapid heartbeat, a little sweating, widening or narrowing of the pupils of the eye, a warm flush on the face, and a feeling of great sensitivity, focus and recognition.
These sensations of ‘high’ die down within a few hours, and we are left feeling listless and low. This leads to a craving for that food again, to experience the high one more time. And there we are going round and round in a vicious circle.
Consuming addictive foods is one of the oldest unhealthy food practices and, despite a revolution in health consciousness; it shows no signs of dying out.
Below are some side effects of certain addictive foods.
Alcohol Addiction: Erosion of stomach and intestinal lining, liver damage, nutritional deficiency.
Tobacco: Erosion of gum and tongue can lead to cancer of the buccal mucosa.
Betel nut: Leads to the discoloration of teeth, erosion of the lining of the mouth, and cancer of the mouth and upper tract. It also leads to heart problems among people who already have a weak heart.
Aerated drinks: High doses of caffeine.
Caffeine and xanthine: Found in tea, coffee. These become harmful only in very high doses; don’t consume more than five cups a day.
Mixed drug reactions: People who consume medications for the heart, hypertension and asthma have to be very careful about the interactions of the drugs with stimulant foods, as mixing the two can be fatal. After years of experience, all doctors know how difficult it is to break the food addictions of their patients. So like them, I can only advise a good compromise. If you can’t break the addiction, then at least you should practice moderation.
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