What eating a portion of fish and chips does to your body

Ever wondered what that tasty portion of battered cod and chips does to your insides? We investigate.

We know you can’t get takeout every night of the week, but the odd Chinese takeaway or trip to the chip shop can’t be that bad for you, surely?

Think again. Regularly getting takeaway even once or twice a month can impact negatively on our health.

So what are the effects of tucking in to a fish supper? In conjunction with the Aviva Health Check Report, Jo Travers, The London Nutritionist, author of The Low-Fad Diet, Charlotte Sterling Reed, nutritionist at SR Nutrition, and Aisling Pigott, a British Diabetic Association spokesperson, explains.

Nutritional details for a 700g portion of fish and chips:

Energy: 1734 kcal (69.36% of men’s daily allowance, 86.7% of women’s)
Fat: 98g (122% of men’s daily allowance, 150% of women’s)
Carbs: 150g
Protein: 70g
Salt: 2.6g (43% recommended daily allowance)

1. This meal contains a lack of nutrients that are essential for healthy immune function.

2. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to tiredness and fatigue.

3. Large portions and too much fat can result in a low mood. Eating too much can lead to feeling guilty.

4. A diet high in fat will increase fat stored around the liver, which can cause inflammation and scarring.

5. Eating large portion sizes can increase stomach capacity. High fat, protein and carbs mean digestion can take up to eight hours.

6. A stretched stomach means you’ll need to eat more to feel full. Lack of fibre will cause you to soon feel hungry again.

7. Frequent consumption of fried foods and high fat intake can lead to bad cholesterol and narrowing of the arteries.

8. High levels of salt and weight gain can increase blood pressure.

9. High blood pressure increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Too much food can lead to a rise in heart rate.

10. The pancreas will produce a large amount of insulin due to excess carbs and fat. This can increase weight and the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

11. Kidneys will work harder to filter sodium. Lower urine output can cause kidney and bladder infections.

12. Regularly eating excess calories will lead to weight gain and obesity.

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