25 Junk Food Facts That Might Convince You To Eat Healthier

Junk food is definitely one of the most enjoyable guilty pleasures of the modern world and an undeniable part of pop culture. People eat junk food at fast-food places, in school, at sports games, amusement parks, and movie theaters among other places, and junk food is easier to get access to than water in many cases.Unfortunately, junk food consumption comes at a great price. No matter how easy these delicious foods might be to eat, believe us when we say that junk food is as bad for your health as alcohol and smoking. See for yourself with these 25 junk food facts that might just convince you to eat healthier.

25. The term “junk food” was originally used in the sixties but would become widely popular in the following decade when the song “Junk Food Junkie” reached the top of the charts in the mid-1970s.

24. Survey after survey of the past few decades has shown that the excessive consumption of junk food is directly connected with the increase in obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and certain cancers.

23. If you’re looking for someone or something to blame for the junk food culture that exists today then blame your television. It’s a proven fact that nearly 80 percent of all food commercials that air on Saturday morning children shows are for junk food.

22. The American snack Cracker Jack was the first to use toys to target junk food to children. No morals whatsoever!

21. You’ve probably heard again and again how a can of Coca-Cola has about eight or nine (or even ten, according to some) teaspoons of sugar but you’ve probably never heard that the can’s metal is by far the most expensive of all the “ingredients” since the famous soda is made mainly with water, additives, refined sugar, and caffeine.

20. Raking in $23 billion annually, the United States’ candy market is the global leader in junk food sales. Surprisingly, candy sales have continued to increase despite concerns over junk food and obesity.

19. In the late seventies Daniel White killed San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk. In a controversial verdict that led to the coining of the legal slang “Twinkie defense,” White was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder because he allegedly suffered from depression. His change in diet from healthy food to Twinkies and other sugary food was used by the defense as a symptom of that depression.

18. More than $2 billion in candy is sold for Halloween, more than any other holiday in America. That makes Halloween the unhealthiest and “fattest” holiday.

17. In case you’ve always wondered, French fries (of course) are the most popular type of junk food globally. One portion of McDonald’s fries has about 600 calories and won’t help you stave off hunger but instead will make you even hungrier.

16. It’s reported that Dunkin’ Donuts sells more or less around 6.4 million donuts a day; in other words, Americans consume more than 2.3 billion donuts a year from Dunkin’ Donuts alone.

15. The Tootsie Roll was named after its creator’s daughter Clara, whose nickname was Tootsie. It was the first individually wrapped penny candy. During WWII, Tootsie Rolls were placed in soldiers’ ration kits because they could survive various weather conditions. Umm, what is it made from again?

14. Before the term “junk food” became popular, junk food had become part of the American diet in the 1920s, but it was through television advertising after WWII that junk food became more popular and nutritionists finally became more concerned.

13. Did you ever wonder when or how gum became so popular? Back in 1891, William Wrigley Jr. began selling soap in Chicago. To increase his sales, he gave gum away to his customers. When his gum became a hit, he decided to start making and selling gum instead.

12. The vast majority of researchers and nutritionists agree that fats from junk food trigger the brain to want more food, which, of course, leads to obesity in the long term.

11. Twinkies are the undisputed champion of all junk food snacks, and it’s estimated that Hostess makes over 500 million Twinkies each year. For the record, it has been reported that the agent that gives Twinkies their smooth feel, cellulose gum, is also used in rocket fuel.

10. Despite not being the biggest-selling chocolate bar, Snickers is undeniably the most popular in America, due to its supposed healthful aspects.

9. A recent scientific study in China showed that breast cancer rates in the country are rising significantly because of an increase in the consumption of Western-style junk food.

8. There is a theory that suggests daily consumption of candy and junk food by children has been linked to violence later in life, though there are many psychologists and scientists who openly disagree with this theory.

7. Many surveys have showed that mothers who eat junk food while pregnant or breast-feeding have children who are prone to obesity throughout life. Their children are also prone to diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood fats.

6. Alloxen is a by-product of bleaching white flour and it’s found in many products classified as junk food. What does it do? Research shows that it leads to diabetes in healthy animals by destroying their pancreatic beta cells. Imagine what it can do to humans.

5. A Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) survey found that some baby food products may have as much, if not more, saturated fat and sugar than junk food.

4. For thousands of years, natural licorice was used as medicine to treat ulcers, sore throats, and coughs. The first licorice “candy” was an attempt to disguise the bitter flavor of the medicine, though now most American licorice “candy” lack licorice’s historic therapeutic qualities.

3. Whenever you crave unhealthy food just keep in mind that the common thickener corn dextrin, used in some junk food, is also the glue used on envelopes and postage stamps.

2. We all tend to think that a good milkshake is made from milk and cream. Well that’s totally false, at least when it comes to the delicious Wendy’s Frosty, which contains not one, not two, but 14 different ingredients (called thickening agents).

1. A recent survey showed that young women who eat junk food consistently are at a higher risk for developing polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that usually causes type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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