food, as potato chips or candy, that is high in calories but of little nutritional value.
anything that is attractive and diverting but of negligible substance: the junk food offered by daytime television.
- junk-food, adjective
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How to use junk food in a sentence
If you want to be in the best shape of your life, you probably won’t be free to eat a lot of junk food.
He started swapping in celery and apples for junk food, salads slathered in ranch for lunch, flavored water for soda.For Years, JaMarcus Crews Tried to Get a New Kidney, but Corporate Healthcare Stood in the Way | by Lizzie Presser | December 15, 2020 | ProPublica
In a cartoonish family drama about a dog suiting up and helping protagonist Josh Framm’s junior high school football team turn its program around, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Fanelli’s only flaw appears to be an unhealthy love of junk food.
In fact, if you’re between the ages of 10 and 19, eating too much junk food can harm your body and your brain.
Together, these all can combine to make junk food both hard to resist and extra bad for teen health.
I am just so convinced that junk food and high sugar food are undermining the health of people…It caused a lot of strain.
After a day-long drive with three young children, we emerged from our minivan cramped, cranky, and dusty with junk food.Disney World Means Everything to a Special Needs Mom | Elizabeth Picciuto | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It looks like a stereotypical convenience store, shelves crowded with garishly packaged junk food.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken | Jane & Michael Stern | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Imagine a junk-food stand run by a bunch of foodies from Portland, Oregon.Frozen-Yogurt Shops Are Everywhere, but We Are Nowhere Near Saturation | Daniel Gross | July 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I want to see a farm bill that subsidizes healthy food and not just junk food.It’s the End of the World Unless We All Start Cooking | Rachel Khong | April 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for junk food
food that is low in nutritional value, often highly processed or ready-prepared, and eaten instead of or in addition to well-balanced meals
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Other Idioms and Phrases with junk food
Prepackaged snack food that is high in calories but low in nutritional value; also, anything attractive but negligible in value. For example, Nell loves potato chips and other junk food, or When I'm sick in bed I often resort to TV soap operas and similar junk food. [c. 1970]
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