junk food


Definition of junk food

1 : food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content
2 : something that is appealing or enjoyable but of little or no real value video junk food

Examples of junk food in a Sentence

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Taxing junk food, sodas, tobacco and other unhealthy products work to cut both disease and the cost to society and are well worth the effort, experts argued on Wednesday. NBC News, "Taxing sodas, junk food and tobacco works, task force argues," 4 Apr. 2018 The tendency of those bracing for a hurricane to stockpile junk food has been well-documented. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why some people buy Pop-Tarts and liquor before a hurricane — and some people don’t prepare at all.," 12 Sep. 2018 Cohen skewered consumerism with a story inspired by the rise of junk food. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Larry Cohen, director of cult horror films, dies at 77," 25 Mar. 2019 After years of struggling against disease and fast-moving vehicles, the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs are now being endangered by tourists feeding them junk food, say experts. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "New threat emerges for NC's famous wild horses, prompting campaign aimed at tourists," 2 July 2018 Cargo was eating mostly junk food, like cheese, hot dogs, bread, and chocolate, all of which were easy to find along the trail. Matt Maynard, Outside Online, "Setting a Speed Record from Patagonia to Alaska," 25 June 2018 Some passengers who have been asked to remove junk food from bags have reported that TSA checkpoint officials told them the agency planned to adopt a policy that would make everyone to do it. Fredrick Kunkle, chicagotribune.com, "TSA scanners can confuse food, explosives; Some travelers forced to remove munchies from carry-ons," 29 Mar. 2018 An alpaca in Florida has died after eating too much junk food that was left by an unidentified motorist. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Florida alpaca dies after 'overindulging' in Doritos, peanuts," 20 Aug. 2018 A month later, Council was diagnosed with IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, and decided — partly out of necessity — to go gluten- and dairy-free, and cut out junk food. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "How Losing Her Mom to Breast Cancer Pushed This Woman Through Her 106-Lb. Weight Loss," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of junk food

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of junk food

informal : food that is not good for your health because it contains high amounts of fat or sugar

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Kids Definition of junk food

: food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content

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