Today (Saturday) we celebrate National Junk Food Day. Here are five interesting facts about the food we know that is not good for us but in which we still indulge:

Sugar crave

On average, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, most of it is in the form of high-fructose corn syrup served in soft drinks and candy bars.

It’s addictive

Eating junk food alters the brain activity in a way similar to how addictive drugs do, such as cocaine and heroin.

Influence on kids

Four out of five children recognize the McDonald’s logo by the time they are 3 years old, which is before some of them know their own names.

Can’t eat just 1 (pound)

The average American eats more than 4 pounds of potato chips per year.

Popularized in song

The term “junk food” was initially used in the 1960s but was popularized during the following decade when the song “Junk Food Junkie” reached the top of the charts in 1976.

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