Are junk foods bad for you?

What are junk foods

Junk food is used to describe food and drinks low in nutrients (e.g. vitamins, minerals and fibre) and high in kilojoules, saturated fat, added sugar and/or added salt. They are also known as discretionary choices.

How often can I eat junk food?

Junk foods are not required as part of any diet.

  • If you are a healthy weight, try to eat junk foods occasionally and in small amounts.
  • If you are trying to lose weight, you will be more successful if you limit junk food.

Why is junk food bad?

Eating junk food on a regular basis can lead to an increased risk of obesity and chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and some cancers.

Where to get help

  • Talk to your doctor.
  • Calculate how much junk food you eat

Remember

  • Junk food describes food and drinks low in nutrients (e.g. vitamins, minerals and fibre) and high in kilojoules, saturated fat, added sugar and/or added salt.
  • Eating too much junk food is linked to serious health problems.
  • Junk foods are not a necessary part of any diet.

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