The Junk Food Myth

Uncategorized Sep 09, 2019

What if I told you junk food didn't exist?

But, Kevin, of course, there's junk food. Chips, crackers, soda, cake, pastries, anything that I like to eat is junk food. What do you mean there is no junk food?

Let me ask you this: if you stranded on a remote island like Lost and you had the option to bring cookies or spinach with you, which would you take?

I would take the cookies anytime. Why?

Because they contain the most important nutrient of all: calories. Calories are king when it comes to nutrition. Yes, we hear a lot about vitamin this and vitamin that and micronutrients and polyphenols and other sophisticated names that are supposed to make us healthy but never seem to.

Of course you will never hear some guru or MD on TV tell you that. He will most likely be talking about some mysterious compound in pomegranate juice that is supposed to save your heart.

We like to demonize all these foods. We call them names like "processed foods" and "Franken foods" and "garbage."

I suspect there's an element of class warfare and elitism in these names, but that's a different topic.

There is no such thing as junk food. Would you call your mom's famous chocolate chip cookies or brownies "junk food?" There is rewarding food and there is unrewarding food. Some foods should be eaten less often and less frequently.

All foods play a role in your diet. Cookies and cake are fun and entertaining and give you a surge of energy (Calories).

Fruits and vegetables give you micronutrients that are necessary for certain processes. But you don't need a ton of them.

Meat and dairy give you zinc, B12, protein, etc.

Don't subsist on cookies and chips all day. You're missing the other components. But I also think subsisting on nothing but spinach smoothies or ground beef is a recipe for disaster too.

It would be like watching Happy Days without Henry Winkler, or going to a wedding without cake. Something would be missing.

Quit using the word "junk," and just eat less of it.

Of course, easier said than done, which means if you haven't booked a strategy call, then do that here: https://bit.ly/2UQcLBW

Kevin

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