That hot dog sure tastes gloriously good doesn’t it? But are you aware of the long term not-so-glorious consequences? Give your delicious self indulgence a break and go through these junk food facts!

Junk Food Facts

Is it a gum? Ooh yum! What, is it a burger? Just hand it over! What now, pizza? The hunger stands affirm, just like the pyramid of Giza! Do you know what gum, burger, pizza, and many other items like these have in common? They’re all junk food items, and the craving for them only increases like a chart depicting rising inflation in a developing country. There’s just no end! You eat one, then two, then three, and eventually let go off the desire to be free. It’s the aroma that draws you in at first; just one bite catapults you to an all new high with these savory delights having an orgy in your mouth. But all the while, the parts inside your body go through an apocalypse-like situation, trying to run to their secret hiding places but sadly, there aren’t any. What an irony, for there doesn’t seem to be an end to their apocalyptic misery. The stuff inside you just keeps falling apart with you swallowing down units after units, day in and day out. But know that you’re not the only one! If we could show you the zoomed out version of earth, you would be able to see almost all people in all continents holding and munching on junk food items in unison. However, that does not mean you chill out for junk food, it does you more harm than good. If you don’t believe us or have chosen to ignore what we just said, read through the following lines and know for yourself.
Facts About Junk Food
  • Junk food is typically defined as foods that are high in calories, fat, sugar, salt, and caffeine but with hardly any nutritional value.
  • Junk food include candies, chips, cookies, French-fries, gum, hamburger, pizza, hot dog, corn dogs, ice cream, sodas, and almost all desserts.
  • The term “junk food” was initially used in the 1960s but was popularized during the following decade when the song “Junk Food Junkie” reached the top of the charts in 1976.
  • Fats from junk food trigger the brain to crave for more of it.
  • Almost 80% of food commercials aired on weekend morning shows for children are of junk food.
  • As per Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) survey, some baby foods have as much amount of sugar and saturated fats as in junk food.
  • Corn dextrin, found in the form of glue on envelopes and postage stamps, is a common thickener used in junk food.
  • Experimental studies on animals have shown that Alloxen (a byproduct of bleaching white flour), which is often found in junk food leads to diabetes in them.
  • Young women who eat a junk food diet are at a higher risk for developing polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Although junk food had become a part of the American diet during the 1920s, it wasn’t until after the period of World War II that it became a more accepted form; courtesy television advertising.
  • Pregnant woman who eat junk food or are breast feeding run a high risk of giving obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood fat to their babies.
  • A can of cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.
  • One large order of French-fries contains approximately 610 calories and 29 grams of fat.
  • It is also estimated that over 500 cans of soft drinks are consumed by an average American of any age, per year.
  • Obesity, which is the next best option after smoking to give oneself a bundle of diseases and possible death, is caused by the regular consumption of junk food.
  • Heart diseases, high blood pressure, cancerous formations, and tooth decay are directly related to a diet rich in junk food.
  • Long term liver damage can result from regular consumption of junk food that’s high in cholesterol.
  • Increasing breast cancer rates in China have the researchers attributing this cause to the increase in adopting the Western lifestyle, and inclusion of junk food to the regular diet .
  • Common food dyes and sodium benzoate, which are used as additives and preservatives in much of the junk food items, can cause children to become more hyperactive and easily distracted than usual.
  • It is estimated that around the Easter time, Americans spend nearly $2 billion in Easter candies, including 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies, 16 billion jellybeans, and 700 million marshmallow Peeps.
  • Cellulose gum, which is used in rocket fuel to give it a thick feel, is also the agent that gives Twinkies (an American snack cake) their smooth feel.

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