junk food

noun

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
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Examples of junk food in a Sentence

worrying about kids eating too much junk food eating too many junk foods
Recent Examples on the Web People living in rural areas and with more physical activities as a lifestyle and with no junk food (or less) live longer and healthier. Torie Bosch, STAT, 17 Feb. 2024 Sorry to bring such brutal reality into a column that kicked off with the promise of discussing football, pop stars and junk food. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Last year, the Federal Trade Commission sent cease and desist letters to companies that made THC products that were packaged to look like Doritos, Nerds Ropes and other junk food. Jen Christensen, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 Sweets are a popular Lenten sacrifice, alongside alcohol, junk food and other indulgences. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 7 Feb. 2024 My character in Masters drinks a lot and eats a lot of junk food. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2024 Advocates have argued for more walkable neighborhoods, changes to food subsidies, and the removal of junk foods from vending machines in schools; researchers developed protocols that produced small reductions in weight, only to see patients quickly gain it back. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2023 Yes, most farm subsidies go to corn and soy, two building blocks of cheap junk food. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 Cannabis users are often stereotyped as lazy couch potatoes satisfying their munchies with junk food. Christine Ricciardi, Hartford Courant, 12 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of junk food was in 1952

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“Junk food.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junk%20food. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

junk food

noun
: food that is high in calories but low in nutritional value

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