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Nov 04, 2015 12:57 AM EST

A single helping of junk food can make you unhealthy

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A new study has revealed that a single helping of a junk food snack can trigger signals of metabolic disease, Yahoo News reports.

Suzan Wopereis, who conducted the research, said that the acute effects of diet were negligible but might have bigger consequences later on.

She added that that the study had a novel approach that detected the small but relevant effects on one's health.

For the study, Wopereis and colleagues used two groups of male volunteers. The first group included 10 healthy male volunteers, while the second group included nine volunteers with metabolic syndrome and a combination of two or more risk factors for heart disease.

The 10 healthy male volunteers in the first group were given a junk snack diet consisting of an additional 1300 kcal per day.

"Eating junk food is one of those situations where our brains say 'yes' and our bodies say 'no,'" said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, according to Science Daily.

"Unfortunately for us, this report shows that we need to use our brains and listen to our bodies. Even one unhealthy snack has negative consequences that extend far beyond any pleasure it brings."

The report appeared in the November 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal, Science Daily reports.

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