What does junk food mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. junk food(noun)

    food that tastes good but is high in calories having little nutritional value


  1. junk food(Noun)

    Food with little or no nutritional value.


  1. Junk food

    Junk food is a derisive slang term for food that is of little nutritional value and often high in fat, sugar, salt, and calories. It is widely believed that the term was coined by Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in 1972. Junk foods typically contain high levels of calories from sugar or fat with little protein, vitamins or minerals. Foods commonly considered junk foods include salted snack foods, gum, candy, sweet desserts, fried fast food, and sugary carbonated beverages. Many foods such as hamburgers, pizza, and tacos can be considered either healthy or junk food depending on their ingredients and preparation methods with the more highly processed items usually falling under the junk food category. What is and is not junk food can also depend on the person's class and social status, with wealthier people tending to have a broader definition while lower-income consumers may see fewer foods as junk food, especially certain ethnic foods. Despite being labeled as "junk" consuming such foods usually does not pose any immediate health concerns and is generally safe when integrated into a well balanced diet.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of junk food in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of junk food in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Johnny Wowk:

    If a man can walk, he should... at least away from the junk food store. -Johnny The Walker

  2. Johnny Wowk:

    Before you go to bed tonight ask yourself one thing, "How much junk food did I eat and drink today?"...then say your prayers. -Johnny The Walker

  3. Mark Hamer:

    It may be that sitting is only harmful in certain contexts such as TV viewing, tV viewing is often associated with other poor behaviors such as junk food consumption.

  4. Samantha Heller:

    Eating an apple a day is unlikely to undo the ill effects of the typical 'Western diet' that is high in red and processed meat, junk food and fast food and low in plant foods.

  5. George Will:

    A society that thinks the choice between ways of living is just a choice between equally eligible 'lifestyles' turns universities into academic cafeterias offering junk food for the mind.

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