Junk Food

Personalised nutrition reduces junk food intake, says study

The research team suggests future personalised nutrition approaches could target intake of these discretionary foods via food-based messaging that considers the eating context of the foods consumed.

“For example, if salt intake was identified as a top nutrient to change and meat-based dishes were the main contributing food sources, then a message may include, “Reduce your intake of processed meats and pies; swap salami, ham and bacon for turkey or beef,”” ​suggests the team led by Katherine Livingstone, NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at Deakin University.

The team, which included colleagues from Newcastle University and the University of Navarra, began enrolling

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Personalised nutrition is trendy, but can it help us eat less junk food?

Australian adults get around one-third of their energy intake from junk foods.

Also known as discretionary foods, these include foods such as biscuits, cakes, sausages, sugar-sweetened drinks and alcohol.

Unhealthy diets are a key reason why almost one in every three adults in Australia is obese. Excess weight also increases risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Our new research, published today in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, has found personalised nutrition advice, compared to usual dietary advice, helped adults to eat less junk food.

What is personalised nutrition?

Personalised nutrition involves

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How did we become a nation of junk food junkies?

As is documented through numerous sources, we continue to suffer as a nation from an excessive intake of highly processed foods and reap the negative consequences in terms of our overall health. 

Repetitive behavior that’s difficult to quit and that causes harm — the most accurate definition of addiction — accurately describes what many of us experience when it comes to highly processed foods. In the U.S., the turn towards overeating these foods occurred in the early 1980s, and the subsequent rise in conditions like hypertension, heart disease, cancer and diabetes is linked to it.

An interesting book by the

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Why junk food is so addictive: How to overcome temptation to achieve weight loss


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Key Highlights

  • The junk manufacturing companies, as well as their advertising and marketing teams, play on our emotions and feelings.
  • Junk food also messes with our hormones and overrides all natural systems that allow or alert our body when you are actually hungry or actually full.
  • The chips, cookies, or candies we salivate after are processed items that resemble food and are chemically engineered to make you want more of it.

Have you ever wondered why a bowl of the

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Junk Food, Skipping Breakfast And Caffeine May Cause Mental Distress In Women – Study

A recently published study revealed that the mental health of women is more likely to have a higher association with dietary factors than men. The research paper, ‘Customization of Diet May Promote Exercise and Improve Mental Wellbeing in Mature Adults: The Role of Exercise as a Mediator,’ was published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine and emphasised on Mental distress and exercise frequency being associated with different dietary and lifestyle patterns. This supports the concept of customising your diet and lifestyle in order to improve your mental wellbeing.

Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University,

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Craving Junk Food On A Weight Loss Diet? Try These Healthier Versions Of Fast Food You Miss

Without a doubt, we all can agree that controlling calories and losing weight is one of the most challenging things to follow. We have to change our lifestyle, stick to rules of dieting and exercise daily. All these things, in the beginning, can be overwhelming for you, but once you get the hang of it, this challenge starts to ease out. While dieting, we give up many of our favourite goods, the greasy pizza, the tempting looking burger, and the delicious, sweet goodness of a cake. But what if we told you that you can still have these things and

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In India’s booming junk food market, there is little room for nutrition

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The world loves to eat ‘junk’; Indians are no different. We are obsessed with fast food, something that can be ‘grabbed’ easily without breaking any sweat because cooking is overrated in modern society. To keep up with this fast-paced life, many people rely on quick, easy to cook, instant options – packaged food.

Packaged food, distributed by multiple world food giants, are often criticised for their lack of nutritional content. Most of the packaged foods are either processed or ultra-possessed to meet the needs of the

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What really makes junk food bad for us? Here’s what the science says

Fun, cheap and tasty, but perhaps not the healthiest option

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CUT down on fatty food. No, sugar. Aim for a Mediterranean diet. And remember to eat more plants…

The variability of healthy eating advice has become a cliché in itself. Yet despite all the contradictions, there is one thing that many agree on: we should avoid junk food. Until recently though, no one could give you a decent reason why. Gastronomic snobbery aside, science lacked an agreed definition of what junk food actually is, and that has made it difficult to know whether we

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Mom shares a clever kitchen hack that stop her kids from eating junk foods

It’s no secret that most kids love to munch on junk food. And while it’s perfectly fine to indulge their sweet and savoury cravings ever so often, it is not such a good idea to do it regularly.

What can you read in this article?

Most mums are often trying to use ways to trick their kids into eating healthy and this viral mum was no different. Except, her genius hack might have just trumped all your ideas! Yes, you read that right.

This new mum revealed her clever hack on TikTok where she is seen stacking the dishwasher

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