An animal product is any material derived from the body of an animal. Examples are fat, flesh, blood, milk, eggs, and lesser known products, such as isinglass and rennet. The term “animal product” is used to describe foods that are very high in caloric content, as opposed to very low nutritional value. Many people try to avoid or limit the consumption of this type of food, since they involve great risks for health; and specialists often instruct people to choose healthier options. So we should avoid animal products to become fit.
This term was coined in 1972 by scholars of the Center of Sciences of Public Interest, who sought to make consumers aware of those products with excessive caloric value and low nutritional intake. For manufacturers, however, producing such foods has great appeal, as they are often cheap and easy to make, and generate large revenues.
Foods that fall under the definition of “animal product” can be varied, and depend on a large number of factors. Snacks such as potato chips, bagged snacks, sweets and other goodies are universally placed in this category; and many people also name fast food like hamburgers, pizza and fries.
CHARACTERISTICS OF “CHILLED FOOD”
Animal product is by definition rich in caloric content and low in nutrients. This means that it contains high levels of calories, coming from its fatty components and sugars; while providing few proteins, vitamins and minerals. Frying and pre-cooked, processed or packaged foods are often considered junk.
Many meals such as pizza, hamburger or tacos can be considered healthy or junk depending on their ingredients and preparation methods. In general, the more processing your items have, the more “scrap” food will be considered. On the contrary, fresh and poorly processed ingredients will make a dish healthier.
Another factor that influences the choice and characteristics of food is the social stratum of the consumer. The healthier and higher income people will have a wide field of animal product to not consume. On the other hand, people with lower incomes will see less food like junk.
In some communities, ethnic “takeaway” food such as fried tacos, fish and chicken, various types of Indian curries and so on are also often considered animal product.
CONSEQUENCES FOR HEALTH
According to experts, for optimum heart health, you should not consume more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. Excess sodium increases blood pressure and risk of stroke and animal product has high contents of this element. One option is to choose low-sodium packaged foods, or to cook with more spices and less salt.
Another danger of a diet full of junk food is weight gain. Consuming foods with many calories and few nutrients does not quench hunger, and keeps us eating almost without notice. The snacks we eat should not be packages of packaged food, but fruit or whole-grain crackers.
High-sugar junk food (such as soda, candy, and candy) also attacks tooth enamel, breaking down and producing cavities. This can be avoided by eliminating sugary foods from the diet, and replacing soda with other sugar-free varieties. Frequent tooth brushing reduces the risk of tooth decay.
Finally, the usual intake of junk food can lead to serious gastrointestinal problems. This type of processed food provides very little fiber to the diet, which prevents bowel movement and leads to constipation. Fruits are a good choice, as they help contain the taste for sweetness, while providing fibers to regulate the body.
DECREASING FOOD CONSUMPTION
Previously, we have seen how many problems can lead to junk food intake. Notwithstanding such categorization, the consumption of this type of food commonly does not cause serious and immediate health consequences, and is generally safe, as long as it is integrated into a balanced diet.
The idea is to regulate the consumption of this type of food (fast food, packaged and processed) to the minimum, or indulge in it very occasionally. And always being aware of the need to include in the diet large quantity and variety of nutritious and healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and legumes.