No matter how health conscious you are or how clean your diet, there will be occasions that you allow yourself an indulgent treat. This is very relevant considering the bank holiday weekend that has just passed which is packed with chocolate temptation!
The latest research (conducted by Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) has made the discovery that even the smallest bites of junk food can produce significant changes in gene expression that can have a negative impact on health. Unfortunately, that is not the end of the ‘you are what you eat’ bad news. Indulging in just one bite of an indulgent treat can induce cravings for more sugary and fatty foods, increasing the likelihood of a junk binge!
However, there is some good news too!
Scientists have also found that just as the occasional junk treat can affect gene expression negatively, the opposite is true for a healthy snack. Healthy snacks in an unhealthy diet can result in profound health benefits. It is never too late to start taking care of your health and even the smallest change will make a difference!
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