Junk Food Unhealthy Even on Weekends

Weekend junk food binges after eating healthy meals during the week may be as bad for your gut as simply eating junk food all week long.


Weekend junk food binges after eating healthy meals during the week may be as bad for your gut as simply eating junk food all week long.

Within the human gut are tens of trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms, which influence everything from the strength of the immune system and the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, to metabolism and weight gain. A study found that the diversity and type of gut microbiota changed significantly between rats who ate a healthy diet, and those who ate mostly junk food. Strikingly, the rats who ate junk food only 3 days a week had nearly the same gut fauna as those who ate it every day. They also weighed 18% more than those on a healthy diet.

According to this study, eating healthy food most of the week is not enough to offset bad habits the rest of the time. To gain the full benefits of a healthy diet, it must be a daily habit. “Weekend binges just as bad for the gut as a regular junk food diet, study suggests,” www.sciencedaily.com, January 20, 2016.


Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 26 No. 3, “Lifelines”. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283.

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