Pizza sure is delicious. And those hot wings – forget about it! Give me two slices, a 10 piece wing box and a cola (XXXL, please), and I’m in heaven. Unfortunately, though, I’d probably also eventually be in the ER – these greasy foods are just incredibly bad for me, you, and everyone else.
Greasy foods mean fatty foods, and there’s just something about fat that we’re all attracted to (maybe not on a person’s body, obviously, but in food). Like any chef in the world will tell you, fat is where the flavor is at.
Fried fat packs in the flavor like no other substance on the planet. Unfortunately, it also packs on the calories. Gram for gram, fat is the most calorie-rich substance out there. And when it comes to cholesterol, fat is one of the richest sources of bad cholesterol.
Are all fats bad for you?
Not all fats are bad, of course. There are such things as good fats, and these can be found in the form of monounsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, found in nuts and seeds, fish, plant oils, and a few other sources. These nutrients will help to nourish our brain and nerves, and also even help in reducing bad cholesterol and assisting in weight loss.
However, good fats aren’t usually what make foods “greasy.” Think about it – a salad covered in olive oil doesn’t come across as greasy, but a pizza loaded in pepperoni fat is. And, as you may have guessed, that pepperoni fat is bad fat, coming from pork fat (lard!).
We all enjoy greasy foods. Sure, some of us make the conscious choice to no longer indulge in them, but it’s a pretty hard thing to avoid great-tasting foods like:
- French fries
- Fried chicken
- And on and on
Sure, there are ways in which these foods can be prepared without making them fatty and greasy. If you cook them at home or order them to specifically be healthier, then healthier ingredients are used, meaning less fat is used in their preparation.
But, if you’re getting them from fast food restaurants, they’re loaded with fat. Ground beef for the tacos and chilli isn’t even drained, and the sausages will contain up to 40% fat in order to keep them juicy and flavorful!
The Effects of Greasy Foods
Fat is a rich energy source, but it takes a lot of exercising to start using it. If you eat plenty of fat without having a very active lifestyle, you stand a serious chance of gaining weight, and eventually becoming obese.
Excess fat intake will really put your liver through the wringer. The body’s liver metabolizes and stores fats for energy, so the more fats you eat, the more work your liver has to do and the more fat is stored in your body instead of being broken down properly in your system.
The ingestion of fats can also attribute to clots in the blood. If a clot happens to make its way to your brain, then you will undoubtedly suffer a stroke. The clot cuts off the circulation of blood to your brain, meaning your brain is losing oxygen.
Since greasy foods can up your cholesterol to dangerously high levels, they can also attribute to type-2 diabetes. The higher your cholesterol levels are, the more resistance you have to your body’s natural insulin sources. This will cause diabetes and ultimately affect your life in a very drastic way.
Saturated fats are animal fats, and they’re chock full of bad stuff. Eating greasy foods increases the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL) in your body. LDL, known commonly as bad cholesterol, will settle around your arteries, constricting them, and ultimately lead to heart disease. When that aforementioned clot attempts to pass through and gets caught, this is a heart attack.