Don’t Put Junk in your Mouth: What do I mean by that?


Simple.  Only six words.  Five are crystal clear.  The other – junk – may require some clarification.  But let’s keep that simple, too.

Junk – in the context of something you might be tempted to put in your mouth, and, yuk, swallow — is anything that is calorie dense and nutrient light.  In other words, it is low on the Nutrient Density scale (a relative measure of nutritional content, or density, from a calorie of consumption).

For example, if we are using a Nutrient Density scale from 1 (very low density) to 5 (very high density), the relative nutrient value of the following small sample of common foods shows you how and why I classify some of these foods as junk, and some as real food – and I’m being generous by classifying anything with a density score of 2.5 and above as real food, and the rest as junk:

Substance Nutrient Density Food or Junk?
Bok Choi 5.0 Food
Bacon 1.2 Junk
Pinto Beans 4.1 Food
Hamburger 2.0 Junk
Broccoli 5.0 Food
Chicken 1.7 Junk
Brown Rice 2.9 Food
Milk 1.8 Junk

So — concentrated dietary fat is junk.  And:

  • Cheese is junk.
  • Hot dogs are junk.
  • Hamburgers are junk.
  • Sausage is junk.
  • Cream is junk.
  • French fries are junk.
  • Milk shakes are junk.
  • Milk is junk.
  • Olive oil is junk.
  • Lots of things are junk.
  • Most of the SAD (Standard American Diet)                                              is comprised of junk.
  • Most of what you have been eating is,                                                     well, probably junk.

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