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Eating Junk Food Makes You Age Faster, Study Says

Why does it always have to be junk food and not salad? 
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In the latest blow to cheeseburgers, pizza, fries, potato chips, and everything worth living for, a new study has revealed regularly eating junk food causes you to age faster, and no amount of facial cream or moisturizer can reverse that. 

Why does it always have to be junk food and not salad? 

It's because processed food contains unnatural ingredients and chemicals that lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart attacks. They just added a new side-effect: faster aging. 

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According to scientists from the University of Navarra in Spain, food that is high in sugar and fat shortens a person’s telomeres

Telomeres make up your body’s aging clock. They are found at the end of your DNA strands and are responsible for protecting the DNA. Each time a cell is reproduced, your telomere becomes shorter, and the shorter your telomeres become, the older you look. In other words, telomere length represents our biological age, rather than our chronological age. 

In the study involving 886 volunteers, it was found that those who regularly ate junk food had shorter telomeres than those who ate junk food less often. To measure results, participants were grouped based on their daily junk food intake: Less than 2 servings, 2 to 2.5 servings a day, and 2.5 to 3 servings a day, and those who ate more than 3 servings a day. 

Participants who ate more than 3 servings of processed food each day had almost twice the odds of having short telomeres compared with those with the lowest consumption. 

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So, if you want to age slower, check your consumption of processed food and junk food and try to limit it.

Here, have a salad.

Photo by Ronmar Lacamiento / Pexels.

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