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?|
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.