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Junk Food IS Bad for You!!
12 years ago
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A new study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that negative health impacts from junk food costs the UK more than twice as much as smoking related illnesses. Study authors are calling on the UK government to regulate junk foods comparably to tobacco. Learn more:
12 years ago
Good article and study showing what we already know! Thank you Sharky.
12 years ago

Good reminder

I need to see information like that more often

Here is one from my files
12 years ago
Junk food: the new tobacco

Felicity Lawrence Tuesday June 25, 2002 The Guardian

There was a fashion in the early 1980s to label those who argued that junk food was making us ill and that we needed to stop eating so much of it "food Leninists". I admit to having been thus branded, and to having worn the tag as a badge of honour, although I regret having inflicted culinary experiments with puritan pulses and, worse still, sugar-free cake, on friends and acquaintances.

Now it seems the establishment shorthand for campaigners who want to change the nation's diet - overheard after a national consumer council seminar on food policy last week - has been upgraded: we have progressed from Leninists to Stalinists. That we should no longer be dismissed as mere misguided ideologues but castigated as full-blown tedious tyrants is very gratifying and perhaps a sign of moral panic. We seem to be winning the argument. After all, what is a poor industry to do when even the Republican president of the US aligns himself with the totalitarian tendency?

Junk food, in case you have not yet heard, is the new tobacco. In a startling address to the nation last weekend, President Bush declared a war on fat and urged Americans to eat fewer fatty foods and more fruit and vegetables while taking more exercise. He was responding to the crisis of obesity in the US.

Congress is considering putting health warnings similar to those on cigarette packets on foods high in fat and salt and imposing a tax on junk food which is aimed at children.

Last month a New York columnist Meredith Berkman launched a $50m class-action lawsuit against a food manufacturer for doubling the fat content of what purported to be a low-fat snack. Not expecting to win, Berkman filed her suit with delicious irony, claiming damages for "emotional distress" for all those who got fat or had to spend extra time at the gym.

For the rest of the article go to The Guardian

12 years ago
Thursday, 30 January, 2003, 10:20 GMT
Fast food 'as addictive as heroin'
Are you addicted to fast food?
Hamburgers and French fries could be as addictive as heroin, scientists have claimed.

Researchers in the United States have found evidence to suggest people can become overly dependent on the sugar and fat in fast food.

The controversial findings add weight to claims that over-eating is simply down to a lack of self-control.

It may also explain soaring rates of obesity in the western world.

Dr John Hoebel and colleagues at Princeton University in New Jersey based their theory on a study of rats.

For the rest of the story go to:

Some animals - and by extension some people - can become overly dependent on sweet food

Dr John Hoebel, Princeton University
12 years ago
Did you ever read supper size me? That explains alot
12 years ago

Yes Diane, did you see the movie Super Size Me

Here is a link which the following is from:

Why are Americans so fat? Find out in Super Size Me, a tongue in-cheek - and burger in hand -- look at the legal, financial and physical costs of America's hunger for fast food.

Ominously, 37% of American children and adolescents are carrying too much fat and 2 out of every three adults are overweight or obese. Is it our fault for lacking self-control, or are the fast-food corporations to blame?

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock hit the road and interviewed experts in 20 U.S. cities, including Houston, the "Fattest City" in America. From Surgeon Generals to gym teachers, cooks to kids, lawmakers to legislators, these authorities shared their research, opinions and "gut feelings" on our ever-expanding girth.

During the journey, Spurlock also put his own body on the line, living on nothing but McDonald's for an entire month with three simple rules:

1) No options: he could only eat what was available over the counter (water included!)
2) No supersizing unless offered
3) No excuses: he had to eat every item on the menu at least once

It all adds up to a fat food bill, harrowing visits to the doctor, and compelling viewing for anyone who's ever wondered if man could live on fast food alone.

The film explores the horror of school lunch programs, declining health and physical education classes, food addictions and the extreme measures people take to lose weight and regain their health.

Super Size Me is a satirical jab in the stomach, overstuffed with fat and facts about the billion-dollar industry besieged by doctors, lawyers and nutritionists alike. "Would you like fries with that?" will never sound the same!

12 years ago

Well, we could just put a cup of MSG into our aspartame laced Diet Coke, and ... what the heck, call the mortician.

I have a study somewhere, about rats fed msg. It's also addictive, and it makes you hungry.

We need to be absolutely aware of what we are consuming!
 About once a year I order a pizza. Other than that, I cook everything from scratch. I've lost most of my old cookbooks, and so many of the newer ones call for prepared items in the recipe. It's frustrating!

12 years ago

  Yes Mary!!!!

I have no idea why those sorts of things are allowed in our food.   See these 2 folders for more info

Artificial Sweeteners!?!??  Hidden Sources Of MSG In Foods

I have noticed that recipes now do often call for packages or cans of this or that which are not at all close to being whole foods. 


Our digestive systems were designed to eat whole foods.

11 years ago

Dianna H stated, "President Bush declared a war on fat and urged Americans to eat fewer fatty foods and more fruit and vegetables while taking more exercise. He was responding to the crisis of obesity in the US." I agree but have an addition to this crisis . . .

In my opinion what he should concentrate on is healthcare, providing it to every individual specifically women who suffer from hormone imbalances that generally cause the obesity threatening the lives of millions of women every year. If we had better more accessible healthcare we might be able to avoid adult-life obesity as hormone imbalance starts as early as adolescence. In a community that has few medical centers, few health food stores, maybe one or two churches, a post office, a bank, and a school where else can all the opportunities for healthy living come in from? Communities are disadvantaged when the local medical facility only takes insured individuals, which might be a small handful of people. What about the rest ? This is so hard not to integrate into this discussion thread . . .

I apologize for veering off the topic but somehow I believe these two issues are related. Obesity is not just the result of what we put into our mouth, junk food or healthy, it is how it is metabolized, stored or eliminated that needs real attention !

Anyone else feel the same?

11 years ago
I'd like to see the gov. crack down on the usaage of sulfite & nitrates.  There is a growing number of people allergic to them nowdays--& I'm one of them.  Many times you see them in things where they're not neccessary.
11 years ago

Yes Annette, I do not do well with sulfate & nitrates either and certainly do not see the point of them being added to food.

Well Erica, it would be good for there to be a better health system in all countries in the world that is for sure. 

Still I have to say that when people eat whole foods in a balanced way;  lots of vegetables & fruits, a good % of raw foods, whole grains, just the right amount of protein, drinking plenty of cleansing fluids and making sure that the diet is alkaline most health problems do resolve.  Although there are times that concentrated nutrition is needed....and of course there is genetics. 

The point is that there are few people doing as I described above.  Often it is due to Junk Food being so easy, so available and people are addicted to it.

I am certain that the health of humans on this earth would be completely different without junk food & chemicals.  Quite likely the need for such extended health services would not be as necessary.

very true
11 years ago
Certainly, junk food has lots of saturated fat and nitrates; the first ones elevate the levels of LDL ("bad cholesterelol") on blood, and the nitrates also increase the risk for cancer. High levels of LDL are a strong risk factor for Cardiovascular disease, and the first step to reduce them is making lifestyle changes; reducing the ingestion of food with lots of fat, doing exercise, not smoking and drinking alcohol in very small amounts. Some substances that decrease LDL are olive oil, vegetable sterols, fiber, and omega 6.
11 years ago


Can we be addicted to junk food?

In Duncan, B.C., a group has gathered for a meeting. It’s one of those 12-step meetings - a gathering of people who are hooked. But the substance at the heart of this meeting is one we have all abused. It is a gathering of Food Addicts Anonymous.

“I’ve been addicted to many substances and it’s exactly the same," one participant says. "The getting ready to go to the store to get my food…feels exactly the same as when I was going for other addictive substances in my past.”

Addicted or not — almost half of Canadian adults are now overweight. Fifteen-percent are considered obese. Only smoking is a bigger health problem. The numbers are growing at an alarming rate.

We all joke about being junk food junkies. But a growing number of scientists say there may be something to that.

read more--->

11 years ago

Patt for posting this here! 

It is a sad when the fact is "almost half of Canadian adults are now overweight."

11 years ago
This is very scary. Instead of the fast food chains, burgers and fried doughnuts, why cant there be more subway's, olive gardens and fruit stands?
11 years ago
No More Proliferative Processed Foods on our store shelves!!!!!!!!!!!!
11 years ago
But they taste good and are cheaper! 
11 years ago
Actually they are not cheaper if you calculate cost per once of food and nutrients; vegetables are cheaper.......and mostly junk food does not taste good to me.
11 years ago


Subways are alittle better than fast foods then again it depends on what you order. All the meat have perserves and dyes to make them look and taste better if thats what you want ot call it.

11 years ago

Calorie counters often overlook beverages

Study finds sweet sodas, juices and other drinks are linked to obesity, possibly because they don't make people feel as full as foodBy

Michelle S. Keller  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Nimesh Desai drinks a couple of sugary sodas every day and makes no apologies about it.

"I need something tasty," said the 32-year-old information technology consultant, sipping Pepsi at lunch Monday in Chicago.

"Soda, juice, Gatorade -- it has to have some taste. I know I shouldn't," he said, lifting up his soda can. "But hey, cheers."

Like Desai, nearly 50 percent of Americans ages 4 and up drink sugary beverages -- soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices or presweetened iced teas -- on any given day, according to a report released Monday.

Using data from a large federal study, the report found that Americans drink nearly a fourth of their total calories each day, many of them in the form of soft drinks. Drinking sugary beverages was linked with obesity, the study showed.

For full article go to  Contra Costa January 11, 2007

11 years ago
I've tried, I just don't like the flavor & texture of most vegetables...and everything in the health food store is so expensive, I can't afford to eat from there.  I drink soymilk instead of dairy milk, but now they are saying THAT is bad for's just so frustrating.  I would eat salads a bit, but now lettuce and spinach can give you e. just can't win. 
11 years ago
If you try mixing some of those veggies in with some meat & all it helps for people that don't enjoy them.  I do that all the time with the children.
11 years ago

If you cannot access entire article, please feel free to email directly, and I will forward it to you.  EVERYTHING WE'VE NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT DIET EXPOSED!  Blissed be, Annie 

New York Times Magazine

January 28, 2007

Unhappy Meals


Eat food. Not too much.  Mostly plants.

That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. I hate to give away the game right here at the beginning of a long essay, and I confess that I’m tempted to complicate matters in the interest of keeping things going for a few thousand more words. I’ll try to resist but will go ahead and add a couple more details to flesh out the advice. Like: A little meat won’t kill you, though it’s better approached as a side dish than as a main. And you’re much better off eating whole fresh foods than processed food products. That’s what I mean by the recommendation to eat “food.” Once, food was all you could eat, but today there are lots of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related rule of thumb: if you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a good indication that it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.

Uh-oh. Things are suddenly sounding a little more complicated, aren’t they? Sorry. But that’s how it goes as soon as you try to get to the bottom of the whole vexing question of food and health. Before long, a dense cloud bank of confusion moves in. Sooner or later, everything solid you thought you knew about the links between diet and health gets blown away in the gust of the latest study.

Last winter came the news that a low-fat diet, long believed to protect against breast cancer, may do no such thing — this from the monumental, federally financed Women’s Health Initiative, which has also found no link between a low-fat diet and rates of coronary disease. The year before we learned that dietary fiber might not, as we had been confidently told, help prevent colon cancer. Just last fall two prestigious studies on omega-3 fats published at the same time presented us with strikingly different conclusions. While the Institute of Medicine stated that “it is uncertain how much these omega-3s contribute to improving health” (and they might do the opposite if you get them from mercury-contaminated fish), a Harvard study declared that simply by eating a couple of servings of fish each week (or by downing enough fish oil), you could cut your risk of dying from a heart attack by more than a third — a stunningly hopeful piece of news. It’s no wonder that omega-3 fatty acids are poised to become the oat bran of 2007, as food scientists micro-encapsulate fish oil and algae oil and blast them into such formerly all-terrestrial foods as bread and tortillas, milk and yogurt and cheese, all of which will soon, you can be sure, sprout fishy new health claims. (Remember the rule?)

By now you’re probably registering the cognitive dissonance of the supermarket shopper or science-section reader, as well as some nostalgia for the simplicity and solidity of the first few sentences of this essay. Which I’m still prepared to defend against the shifting winds of nutritional science and food-industry marketing. But before I do that, it might be useful to figure out how we arrived at our present state of nutritional confusion and anxiety.
The story of how the most basic questions about what to eat ever got so complicated reveals a great deal about the institutional imperatives of the food industry, nutritional science and — ahem — journalism, three parties that stand to gain much from widespread confusion surrounding what is, after all, the most elemental question an omnivore confronts. Humans deciding what to eat without expert help — something they have been doing with notable success since coming down out of the trees — is seriously unprofitable if you’re a food company, distinctly risky if you’re a nutritionist and just plain boring if you’re a newspaper editor or journalist. (Or, for that matter, an eater. Who wants to hear, yet again, “Eat more fruits and vegetables”?) And so, like a large gray fog, a great Conspiracy of Confusion has gathered around the simplest questions of nutrition — much to the advantage of everybody involved. Except perhaps the ostensible beneficiary of all this nutritional expertise and advice: us, and our health and happiness as eaters.


It was in the 1980s that food began disappearing from the American supermarket, gradually to be replaced by “nutrients,” which are not the same thing. Where once the familiar names of recognizable comestibles — things like eggs or breakfast cereal or cookies — claimed pride of place on the brightly colored packages crowding the aisles, now new terms like “fiber” and “cholesterol” and “saturated fat” rose to large-type prominence. More important than mere foods, the presence or absence of these invisible substances was now generally believed to confer health benefits on their eaters. Foods by comparison were coarse, old-fashioned and decidedly unscientific things — who could say what was in them, really? But nutrients — those chemical compounds and minerals in foods that nutritionists have deemed important to health — gleamed with the promise of scientific certainty; eat more of the right ones, fewer of the wrong, and you would live longer and avoid chronic diseases.

Nutrients themselves had been around, as a concept, since the early 19th century, when the English doctor and chemist William Prout identified what came to be called the “macronutrients”: protein, fat and carbohydrates. It was thought tha

11 years ago

Hi Anne, I did not realize that you had posted that here too.

Thank you for that good article which is timely as this afternoon I am teaching a class called Healthy Slenderness and Live Foods is the topic so I will use some bits in my teaching.

I did the google search and it did take some thime to find this exact article so here is the link:

Salad and e coli
10 years ago
Salad stuff won't give you e-coli, but if it is packaged in an airtight bag or box it could as germs multiply in such an environment.   Buy your veggies and salad stuff uncleaned and unwrapped and wash before use.  

And yes, I have been told that McDonalds are the biggest purveyors of cows rectums in the World - who wants to eat rectum burgers <vbg>   We used to buy all sorts of bits and pieces of meat and stuff to feed our animals, it is no longer seen in the shops.   I am convinced it does go into fast and frozen manufactured food.
10 years ago

Maureen, that is so gross!

Junk Food
10 years ago
Diana, Yes, it is gross, but then so is junk food!  
Flavoured Waters?
10 years ago

Two days ago, I was in a supermarket. 

I stopped to read the labels on the flavoured waters as a few people I know are drinking them thinking that they are healthy drinks.  I was shocked to find that these drinks masquerading as healthy; all had an artificial sweetener in them...mostly it was aspartame! Read the info in our folder: Artificial Sweeteners!?!?? 

So Flavoured Waters are a junk food beverage!!!!!!

It made me furious; I wanted to stay in that isle and tell anyone who picked up a bottle to buy what they were buying.  As time was a restraint that was not possible. 

It is a passion of mine to bring awareness to the detrimental affects of artificial sweeteners and sugar.

9 years ago

So much obesity is a result of JUNK FOOD.  In countries where Junk Food has become available, obesity has been rising enourmously.

No longer do I support research into looking for a cure for diseases as first things first; we need to eliminate Junk food. 

This post was modified from its original form on 28 Mar, 9:44
I try...
9 years ago

to keep my food as simple as possible. It's hard, but I keep trying.

Junk food?

8 years ago

This is a subject I am passionate about and going to include a chapter on it in one of my e-books.  While waiting for an appointment yesterday I wrote a 2 pages on it from my heart of passion.


Junk food is on offer near the checkout counter in almost every store (supermarkets, convenience stores, gas stations, video shops, drug stores etc etc.) making it so accessable. In my opinion this is a crime in itself.

8 years ago

50 Popular Foods With Almost ZERO Nutritional Value

Nutrient rich foods nourish your body with the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats and enzymes it needs to function.
8 years ago

Not only are they lacking in nutrition....Junk food almost always is filled with toxic chemicals in the way of preservatives, flavorings and artificial sweeteners.

Eat Real Food, Not Junk Food
5 years ago

This is an article I posted in Healthy Living:
Eat Real Food, Not Junk Food

Junk food is destroying both our bodies and the environment. Here are the facts and the solutions.

Animals in the wild don’t have to stop to think about what would be good to eat.  A sparrow knows exactly what to eat. Animals eat real food without adding waste to the environment and it is best if we did too.

We are junk food consumers! We are addicted to junk food:

  • Americans spend almost 46 percent of their food budget on restaurants and take-out.
  • More than 2 million California adolescents (62 percent) drink soda and 1.4 million (43 percent) eat fast food every single day according to the policy brief, “Teen Dietary Habits Related to Those of Parents.”
  • Which ever city road you drive down, you will see more fast food restaurants than any other business.
  • Junk food is placed eye-level right next to the checkout area of any store.
  • Vending machines filled with junk food are everywhere.
  • Junk  food is high in sugar, dumb carbs, and chemicals. It supplies few nutrients. That is why it is called junk.

Junk food has finally made it to even India: Junk Food in India

Read more:

5 years ago

Hi. New here. Nice group, btw! In response to Jim's comment on soymilk; I haven't drank cow milk in over 5 years. I used to drink soy milk (not very tasty) but now I drink almond milk. I would suggest to anyone trying to consume less dairy to try almond milk. Blue Diamond is a good brand but there are many more to choose from now.

Apple P
5 years ago

I  Almond Milk! I prefer the unsweetened. I wish it weren't so expensive, but it's worth it.

5 years ago

In the western area of the US, almond milk is actually getting cheaper! Even Lucerne is selling it!

5 years ago

I grew up on canned cow milk - which is slightly sweet, so in my recipes I add some sweetened milk (just a little) to my recipes like gravies. And sometimes a bit of nutmeg.

5 years ago

I want to try the almond milk.  I drink 2 percent milk presently. 

5 years ago

HI Kathy! When I stopped drinking cow milk, I was pretty frustrated because I already knew what I liked. I hated having to spend money on trying new products that might be crap. I have tried many products. Yes, I have spent plenty of money on CRAP.

I can give my opinion on what is worth buying and what is not.

Almond Milk
5 years ago

Hi everyone, I quite eating dairy a year ago. I prefer not to drink soy so I chose Almond milk, there are several we don't mind, Almond Breeze seems to be the kid's favorite. I am now making my own. It's quite easy, you just soak the raw almonds overnight, rinse, add water and blend in a blender, then strain through a nut bag. I add a few dates when I blend it and sometimes a little agave and vanilla after, it depends on what I am going to use it for. It's much cheaper than buying it and it doesn't have any additives, which makes me happy.

High Sodium Content
5 years ago

You'd be amazed at how much sodium is in food. Even 'healthy' pre-made food can be way too high per single serving. This puts it into the junk food category. Check labels very carefully before buying.


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