14/08/2014 12:40 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

The Effects Of Eating Fast Food Are Actually Quite Scary, Says New Research

It's common knowledge that eating fast food is bad for us, but indulging in a hamburger and fries every once in a while doesn't really do much damage. Does it?

It's bad news for fans of a late-night trip to the drive-thru. New research into the consequences of eating these foods says the damaging effects on the body start soon after you take a mouthful.


Refinery 29 has found a new study, carried out by the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, dismisses any previous theories about it being safe to eat unhealthy foods in moderation.

The Canadian Journal conducted a test to compare the effects of a Mediterranean diet with a junk food-based diet. It was tried by a group of healthy men between 18-50 years old.

The results found that after eating a fast food sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich, "the men's arteries dilated 24 percent less" than when they hadn't eat for 12 hours.

What does this mean?

"Poor endothelial function is a significant precursor of atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries that can block blood flow," reports Refinery 29.

Just imagine the effects after eating more than one of those sandwiches...

It could be time to kick that junk food habit.

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