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

Junk Food is Destroying our Health

We already know junk food is unhealthy. Read these statistics:  The Deadly Consequences of Our Eating Habits.

Even politicians recognize the costs of junk food: Can Fat Taxes Keep Us Healthy?

We even promote our unhealthy food as unhealthy, such as in The Heart Attack Grill. Read about this in Would You Eat This Meal? The Heart Attack Grill Kills

Next: Read the cost to our environment

What does the food we eat, in particular fast food, do to our environment?

  • Fast food waste threatens our marine environment: Styrofoam foamed plastic, a staple of fast foods, becomes a permanent part of our environment when littered. Eventually it reaches the ocean through the drains; the plastics from this urban pollution are the largest source of marine debris.
  • One average cheeseburger, which weighs 120 grams, requires the energy of 1,000 to 3,500 grams  of CO2 to produce.
  • Packaging is a very good business if you want to make lots of money and do not care about the environment! All fast food comes in little cardboard boxes or styrofoam or plastic packaging, thus we are left mountains of this unsightly garbage.
  • Almost 3.2 million tones of packaging are added yearly to US waste.
  • Some candies are as harmful to the environment as pork meat, says a Swedish study.
  • During the production of one kilogram of chips, 2.2 kilos of greenhouse gas are produced.
  • The volatile organic compounds (VOC) created when four hamburgers are produced are equivalent to the same VOCs emitted by a current model car driven for 1,000 miles.
  • Fast food waste includes leftovers of meals and trimmings from food preparation. The average restaurant produces 8,200 pounds of food waste per month (more than 98,000 pounds a year). About 15 percent of that waste is in the form of reusable materials. Restaurants can do more.
  • The Pacific Gyre, aka the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, contains about 3.5 million tons of trash. Clean Water Action found that 49 percent of litter is from fast food; the five biggest sources were McDonalds, Burger King, 7-Eleven, Starbucks and Wendy’s. Watch this video:  The Garbage Patch

Eat Real Food

Real food is food in its most natural state. It is unprocessed or with very little processing. Real food does not need a label or fancy packaging. An apple is an apple. Basically, real food is a whole food that is life-sustaining and requires no polluting packaging.

What does it mean to for a food to be life-sustaining? How long do you want to live?

Our bodies were designed to digest real food, not highly processed stuff in packages polluting this earth. I will not call this food……as it is not!

Next: How to recognize real food

How to Recognize Real Food:

  • Does not need a label listing all the ingredients.
  • Celebrities don’t endorse it.
  • Tastes good and makes us feel good.
  • Usually rots or spoils quickly.
  • Provides us with fuel.
  • Has been grown on this earth.
  • Does not arrive through the window of your car.

Another reason why many people do not eat real food is the cost. Have you noticed that fruits and vegetables cost more than junk food? Some people use this fact to justify eating food that is not real.

Daphne Oz (daughter of Dr. Oz) looked over her receipts and noticed a trend: “The more heavily processed and artificial the food, the less expensive it was. How is it that something that you eat exactly the way it looks when it comes out of the ground or off a tree can cost more than something that went through a day and a half of mechanical digestion by heavy machinery?”

If real foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and oats seem tasteless now, you are probably eating stuff with too many additives, like sugar or salt. Processed or refined foods (candy, breakfast cereal, cakes, cookies, ice cream, canned soup, etc.) contain additives, sugar or salt and can create unnatural cravings. The best thing is to simply not eat them.

It is simple: Our body is real therefore we should feed it real food, not food that has been highly processed or created artificially. Our body was designed to eat real food that is whole and natural.

I love food! I am sure you do too. Strolling through the produce department seeing mountains of reds, greens, oranges and yellows is a wonderful experience.

Going to the farmers market is even more fun! This is real food grown by real people. They tell me that the cucumbers, lettuce and raspberries were picked early that morning. You can still smell the earth that these foods come from.

Paying at the grocery store is not as much fun: waiting among lines of moms, teenagers, and businessmen with their carts piled high with packages and cans. Is this food? Mostly it is dead food filled with chemicals, not real food. It is sad.

Real Food Recipes: Healthy sweet easy peasy recipes without chemicals and sugar:

Learn How To Cook and Prepare Real Food

I am so passionate about getting off junk food  that I offer Healthy Online Trainings where you get focused support in eating perfectly balanced healthy meals.

These  includes shopping lists, menus, video training, plus personal and group support.   Sometimes just knowing what to do is not enough.  A person has to feel  confident enough to do it easily.

How much real food are you eating?

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago

Thank you, sharing this

Dale Overall

Interesting and informative.
Oh course many on lower income cannot afford some of the healthier foods-amazing that things that are healthier are often more expensive-things that are salt less often cost more than the included salt for one thing!
Often the junk food is less expensive--although these days they are charging a lot more for fast food than they used to!
Every now and then I will stop off at a fast food place for a change but for the most part I prefer to cook my food at home and try to avoid the overly processed stuff as it has little taste, at least to me.

Nancy B.
N B.3 years ago

so many Americans have no idea of what unprocessed (real) food because they have never tasted it. Interesting article.

Carmen S.
Carmen S.3 years ago

very interesting, thanks

Randy Fritz
Randy Fritz3 years ago

Great article and useful reminder. Use of the word "food" implies nourishment and health, which junk food doesn't supply.
It's a statement of our times when we have the add the word 'real' to signify what we really mean.

Kevin Cline
Past Member 3 years ago

I live in an area that has food "deserts", where a lot of people live on "real" potato chips, "real" ramen noodles, "real" candy bars, "real" spam, "real" potted meat, "real" soda pop and other "real" processed foods such as what is available in your friendly neighborhood quick stop. Obesity, diabetes and kidney dialysis are ubiquitous!

To all the naysayers, "Where's the beef?", so to speak.

Informative story! You're right! Thank you!

Lloyd H.3 years ago

Oh, God, what double speak. Just because you call one food real and the other junk does not mean a damn thing, it is just words that You chose to make your point. Both are real food, granted one may be healthier than the other but just because food is processed does not make it synthetic, not real. The problem with what the author calls 'real' food is that it is more expensive because of loss, it does not keep, you have to shop almost every day to keep it in your house, producers and sellers lose a lot of money because they have to throw away tons of the stuff. The Consumer throws out large amounts of it because it simply rots when you get it home. Plus the so called 'real food' requires more preperation than 'jumk food', it requires more energy to prepare at home than junk food and in homes where utilitiy bill payments and rent are balance against food cost, lower cost food is going to win when you have to chose between heating the house or having a place to heat vs 'real' expensive food or cheap 'junk' food.

jo Howard
jo Howard3 years ago

What on earth is real food today? It's all junk food loaded with additives, preventatives, chemical pesticide, insecticides and much more. Only way out is raise your own live stock, and to grow your own fruit and vegetables in your own back yard, then harvest as needed.

Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago


John Duqesa
Past Member 3 years ago

Just eat moderately all that you want. That's the way to go.