“Junk Food: Is It Being Pushed On You ?”

Some believe the junk food industry creates products which get you “hooked” on them. This is similar to the cigarette industry. Foods such as soda, potato chips and other unhealthy snacks are designed to have good taste and to make you crave more of them. Frequently, they are loaded with sugar or trans fats and hydrogenated oils, all of which can be bad for your overall health. These irresponsible junk food producers then align themselves with so-called scientific publications to try to make you believe that they are healthy. The junk food industry gives you reason to justify the indulgence via scientific research — research that the industry itself, of course, funded. This industry gives you reason to justify the indulgence via scientific research — research that the industry itself, of course, funded. Although most researchers and sponsoring companies insist the research is genuine and unbiased, it’s well-known that industry-funded research almost always favors industry. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, when a study came out touting the surprising claim that children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t, it was not a surprise that the study was funded by a candy trade association representing some of the top U.S. candy makers.

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