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ok..see..here's something I simply blurted out when my teacher asked me what i and my partner want to talk about...

THE BENEFITS OF JUNK FOOD!!

yup, no wrong..its the


BENEFIT OF JUNK FOOD!!!

here's a problem..other than comfort and chocolate something stuff, i have no idea..any idea?

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Helps people who need to gain weight?


Also, probably a better one is that it provides people with jobs (for the manufacturing, advertising, creation, etc of junk food products).

Ummmm.....somebody has to make and sell it, so that someone is buying it means that other people have a job.

And if someone is starving, like reallly hungry, it's cheap, pre-made, and better than nothing.

Pretty weak, I know, but I can't think of anything else.

Depends on what you call 'junk'...  Smile  'Junk' is a bit of a lazy catch-all.   Good quality chocolate definitely isn't junk.   Contains some useful nutritional elements (flavonoids is it?) ... provides energy (calories)... and it's pleasant to eat.   And 'pleasure' is a much underrated part of the eating experience these days.  For some reason, eating a foodstuff purely for pleasure seems to be frowned upon.   Whereas eating foods purely for nutrition and which offer no pleasure (I shall pick on the appallingly bland 'egg white omelette' by way of illustration) is bizarrely de rigeur

How about the social aspect?.... Sitting down with a party of friends around a barbecue groaning with beefburgers and sausages, slapping them on 'junk' white buns and giving them a good squirt of HFCS-powered ketchup...  There's a benefit, surely?  The benefit of a shared experience

Could go further... that birthday cake your mother bakes for you and smothers in pink icing?  'Junk' is it? (Some would say emphatically yes)  Or could it be an expression of affection to bake someone a special cake?  And the hot-cross buns at Eastertime .... a traditional sweetmeat gift of no nutritional value but with some interesting historical, cultural and religious roots dating back to pre-Christianity.

Even the truly horrible junk at fast-food places is providing employment for suppliers and staff.   And - to keep it in some kind of context - a portion of fries beats starving to death.

Well with all the obesity in this fast-food nation I suppose it gives doctor's offices quite a bit of business.

Saying eating junk food to employ people is a silly argument.  People are employed packaging and selling healthy food too so eating healthy will employ people too. Consuming anything employs someone.   

Other than avoiding starvation, there is no benefit to eating junk food, and who starves in North America?   Eating junk food replaces good healthy calories in your diet, meaning it's does a tiny bit of harm each time you eat it because you've missed out on boosting your nutritional intake each time your body is burdened with processing unnatural amounts of transfat, sugar, HFCS, different kinds of sodium, high amounts of fat, unnatural chemicals, overcooked food, food that isn't really food.  

You can have just as good a time eating healthy with your friends as you do eating unhealthy.  A grass fed steak on the barbie tastes as good or better than a cheap one filled with growth hormones, anti-biotics, various pesticides and herbicides, and fed an unnatural diet.   Lot's of people learn how to eat an egg white omelette and spice it up with natural herbs and spices so that it tastes great to them, although there's no reason to avoid the yolks in eggs.  

Junk food is junk...

More for us then... !

small portions help cravings...?

Small portions help cravings is a benefit of all food, not just junk food.  To me, cravings are forms of addiction and you don't deal with an addiction by giving in to it just a little bit...you figure out how to get rid of the craving/addiction permanently so you can enjoy eating something by choice, hopefully in a healthy version, not because you "have to"...

Original Post by johnnypenso:

 and who starves in North America? 

I'm sure there are people who are. Just because it isn't a rampant problem like in developing countries doesn't mean it doesn't exist in N.America. 

The benefit of junk food is that every once in a while I just love to eat a big sweet oozy cinnamon roll.  It makes me feel good.  That's it!

There are no junk foods just junk diets.

Original Post by johnnypenso:

Small portions help cravings is a benefit of all food, not just junk food.  To me, cravings are forms of addiction and you don't deal with an addiction by giving in to it just a little bit...you figure out how to get rid of the craving/addiction permanently so you can enjoy eating something by choice, hopefully in a healthy version, not because you "have to"...

 I can not agree with you more here!!

Original Post by alibsam:

Original Post by johnnypenso:

 and who starves in North America? 

I'm sure there are people who are. Just because it isn't a rampant problem like in developing countries doesn't mean it doesn't exist in N.America. 

 You're right. There are actually a lot of people IN YOUR CITY who are struggling and possibly who are also homeless and food-deprived.

There are millions of people overall in North America. Maybe billions. Just because you and your family are so fortunate doesn't mean EVERYONE is. Sure, many people here are obese, but many people are also starving to death.

Original Post by zebulancherry:

Original Post by alibsam:

Original Post by johnnypenso:

 and who starves in North America? 

I'm sure there are people who are. Just because it isn't a rampant problem like in developing countries doesn't mean it doesn't exist in N.America. 

 You're right. There are actually a lot of people IN YOUR CITY who are struggling and possibly who are also homeless and food-deprived.

There are millions of people overall in North America. Maybe billions. Just because you and your family are so fortunate doesn't mean EVERYONE is. Sure, many people here are obese, but many people are also starving to death.

There are people that go truly hungry and families that don't get the right nutrition because of costs, thats why many communitees have a location for free meals.

If you had only $1.00 in your pocket and needed to eat, what could you buy that would fill your stomach?

Hot dogs (Cheap ones)

Original Post by gi-jane:

 (I shall pick on the appallingly bland 'egg white omelette' by way of illustration) 

Yea right................ Egg White omelets are AMAZING in every way.  I would propose to them if I was not already married and if it was not too taboo.  Say something nice about egg white omelets their feelings are hurt. 

 

Down with egg yolks up with Egg whites!!

 

I cringe every time I am at the grocery store. I really do. Eating healthy is truely, expensive. Even though, I am fortunate, my husband and I earn a good living. We can afford to eat healthy and do the best for our bodies.

I think of, all the time, how much money I could save eating off the McDonald's $1 menu, vs eating healthy food at home. Plus, not have to spend the time with the grocery shopping, preparing foods and the cleaning up the kitchen.

In today's world, I certainly understand why fast food/cheap food is consumed. It's fast and it's cheap!! I'm sure that you will pay with your health at a later date though.

Lentils and whole grain rice.  They're easy to make, delicious when prepared well and cheap.  The problem is that you have to have at least a hot plate to make them.

It's super tasty.

Original Post by trhawley:

There are no junk foods just junk diets.

Totally!

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Feb 25 2009 20:32
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So why not create....a junk food pyramid....like the food pyramid....

In the base you have the great mass of foods which have no redeeming dietary value whatsoever.  Here I would include salty foods like corn curls and pork rinds (loaded with fat, high GI carbs and sodium), and sweet sticky foods like taffy (loaded with high GI carbs and sticks to teeth). In other words, the junk foods which can create multiple health problems as foundational material.  As you move up the pyramid the foods start to contain SOMETHING of nutritional value, like peanuts, some milk solids, or 1 gram of fiber.  At the apex you might have a Clif bar.

I'm afraid that pizza wouldn't be very high up in the tower.

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