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National Junk Food Day is a great excuse for one day to forget about the advice of doctors and nutritionists about healthy food and relax. Eat chips, chocolate bars, pasta, burgers, sweets. July 21 is the perfect day for this.

The History

It turns out that unhealthy food was regularly consumed by people already in the Middle Ages. However, despite this, the term “junk food” did not exist until the second half of the last century. It is noteworthy that unhealthy foods were present mainly on the table of aristocrats. The peasants ate mainly fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grain flour dishes. Representatives of the nobility ate a lot of meat, fatty foods, sweet pastries. That is why it was the aristocrats who were more likely to encounter health problems, such as bad teeth, rickets, scurvy.

In 1893, a product that was officially recognized as the first unhealthy food in America was introduced at the exhibition – Cracker Jack made from molasses, peanuts and popcorn. At the beginning of the 20th century, this snack became one of the most popular in the world.

Facts about junk food

  • Fats, which are present in fast food, make our brain want to eat even more, stimulate appetite. This effect lasts up to 48 hours.
  • The Aztecs and Mayans had a kind of currency – they used chocolate for payments.
  • The Tootsie Roll was invented by Leo Hirshfield, the name is the name of his daughter Clara Tootsie.

How to celebrate

Of course, we must adhere to the principles of proper nutrition, but on July 21 at National Junk Food Day, you can afford to forget about the rules. Enjoy foods and dishes that you deny yourself on other days. It can be sausages in dough, hamburgers, various sweets, any goodies that you like.

Share the principles of healthy eating on social networks, attract as many people as possible to a healthy lifestyle. Use the hashtag #NationalJunkFoodDay.

When is National Junk Food Day celebrated in 2022?

National Junk Food Day is observed on July 21 each year.