A detailed look into what is junk food and why is it bad for you?


Junk food is bad for you – we have been told ad nauseam. Yet it makes up more than 50 per cent of the diet of most people living in developed countries.

But what is junk food and why it is bad for you?

Curtin University nutritionist, Clare Keating, says junk food is ultra-processed foods with low nutritional value. 

“These foods don’t provide us with many benefits in terms of nutrition; foods that are high in sugar, salt and saturated fat are all undesirable. We should choose foods that have less than 3g of saturated fat and less than 15g

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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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Bad to the bone: Hebrew University reveals impact of junk food on kids’ skeletal development

A team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has proven the linkages between ultra-processed foods and reduced bone quality, unveiling the damage of these foods particularly for younger children in their developing years. The study, led by Professor Efrat Monsonego-Ornan and Dr. Janna Zaretsky from the Department of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at the University’s Faculty of Agriculture, was published in the journal Bone Research and serves as the first comprehensive study of the effect of widely-available food products on skeleton development.

Ultra-processed foods–aka, junk food–are food items products that undergo several stages of processing and contain

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