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Okay, So How Do You Define "Junk Food"


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Okay, So How Do You Define "Junk Food"

pinehurst | Sep 5, 2012 05:08 PM

Most of us would describe the usual suspects as "junk food": Doritos, M&M's, BigMacs, and so on, right?

But how about when it gets personal?

Due to a health issue this summer, DH and (by natural extension, she-who-cooks) I have been cooking and eating more mindfully, and it got me thinking.

Your favorite burger joint's fries are junk food. Are your homemade latkes junk food?

The Cadbury Creme egg I ate last April is junk food. Is your sister's homemade fudge?

Twinkies are junk food. How about your auntie's honey cake?

How about that bacon burger made on your neighbor's grill?

In other words, do you define junk food by its ingredients (i.e, it has HFCS), how it's prepared, or by the nutritional value or lack thereof, or by what it does to your body? All of the above, or none of the above?


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