How do you define junk food? It's high in calories, low in nutrition. And there's much worse, in the Junk Food Facts.
Junk food is everywhere. You and your family probably eat it every day. Sugar-laden breakfast cereals, snack bars, biscuits and cakes, crisps and chips, soft drinks, sweets, ready-meals, fast food like burgers - so much of what's on offer on the supermarket shelves is produced on the cheap (but not sold cheaply), full of unhealthy ingredients - it's not nutritious, it's laced with addictively tasty fats, sugars and salt, it just is not worth eating.
Junk Food - it's aptly named. Now, wise up on the junk food facts.
JUNK FOOD FACTS - CHILDREN
* The junk food industry deliberately targets children as young as 2 in a bid to create brand preference and lifelong loyalty.
* Advertisers question kids and tap into their play to create ads and products with guaranteed child-appeal. Fast food chains use the lure of free toys to get kids to persuade their parents to spend. A desirable toy can double or triple weekly sales of kids’ meals. And every child brings along at least one adult too.
* Artificial flavours in foods aimed at kids can be twice as sweet as the artificial flavours used in adult food. Children are being trained to find the natural bitter or sour notes that mingle with the sweetness in natural foods unpalatable.
* Many children now prefer man-made flavours to the taste of real food. How will they ever switch to fresh, unadulterated food?
* Flavourings and colourings can cause asthma, rashes and hyperactivity. Many countries – but not the UK – ban them from children’s food.
* UK companies spend £300m annually on ads aimed at kids. The average British child watches tv for 2 hrs 20 mins daily.
* Children in the US have over $500bn a year to spend. The average American kid spends 25 hours a week watching tv, and sees around 20,000 ads a year for junk food. That’s one every 5 mins as they watch, and 3 hours of them...