The dangers of fast and junk foods are often ignored and denied by many. According to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology FASEB Journal, high levels of phosphates, which are mostly found in sodas and processed foods, accelerate signs of aging and high phosphate levels may also increase the prevalence and severity of age-related complications, such as chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular calcification, and can also induce severe muscle and skin atrophy.
Mohammed Shawkat Razzaque, M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, states that after they did an examination on the effects of high phosphate levels in mice the results showed that phosphates have toxic effects in mice, and may have a similar effects on other mammals, including humans. Dr. Razzaque said “Humans need a healthy diet and keeping the balance of phosphate in the diet may be important for a healthy life and longevity”, he also said “Avoid phosphate toxicity and enjoy a healthy life.”
Also, Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal, says, “Soda is the caffeine delivery vehicle of choice for millions of people worldwide, but comes with phosphorus as a passenger”. Dr. Weissmann also said in regard to the research “This research suggests that our phosphorus balance influences the aging process, so don’t tip it.”
The US Department of Health and Human Services discovered that combining a poor diet and lack of physical activity cause 310,000 – 580,000 deaths every year, that’s higher than deaths caused by guns or drug use combined. The types of foods that lead to death are ones with too much saturated fat, trans-fat, sugar and sodium (salt), which are all considered as fast foods and junk foods. Fast food meals often lack the nutrition the body needs, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, which is another contributing factor to health problems. This kind of diet leads to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Sadly these types of junk foods are all around us but the choice is yours, and keep in mind that this is your health and there’s no free ride.