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Junk Food List

A Comprehensive List of Both Bad and Healthy Junk Food Items

Unhealthy foods which don't have much nutritional value are called junk foods. It is important to know which foods will cause harm to your body, so that you can make better choices. Here's list that will help you modify your eating habits.
Rutuja Jathar
Last Updated: May 18, 2018
Junk food is actually a slang word for fast food. Any food that contains very less nutritional value is called a 'junk food', which ultimately makes it an unhealthy food. Basically, any food item containing higher levels of sugar, salt and/or fats is considered as junk food. It contains very little amounts of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, which are essential for a healthy body. Rather, the food is loaded with calories, that lead to many health issues.
All these things make this food an unhealthy option, which can also lead to several lifelong diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.
Fast food or junk food is mostly popular amongst kids and teenagers, who don't realize its inevitable side effects. People find it really hard to stop their kids from consuming such foods. Also, there are some who are not aware about their potential side effects. Before getting on with the list of junk food, let me introduce you with several norms used to recognize this kind of food.
Junk Food Facts
Kids are the main target of the junk food industry. The food is made attractive by using various unhealthy food additives, artificial colorings, and flavorings. These additives enhance the color, flavor, taste, and texture of the food. Before digging into junk food, it is important to know its nutritional facts.
Any food item containing more than 35% calories from fat as well as sugar, more than 10% calories from saturated fats, more than 200mg salt per serving, and more than 200 calories per serving is JUNK FOOD! These numbers play a vital role in making people obese, and one should stay away from such calorie-dense foods.
As I said earlier, foods containing higher amounts of sugar, salt, and fats must strictly be examined before eating. Foods which are made using sugar (in any of its forms), flour, and white breads are ranked higher in the junk food list. Most of the fast food items are made using fats from the hydrogenated oils and excessive amounts of salt. As a result, these foods play a major role in increasing the level of bad cholesterol and empty calories in the body. This doesn't mean that all fats are bad. There are several healthy fats which are important for a healthy human body, for instance, omega-3 essential fatty acids. Hence, it is very important for you to distinguish between unhealthy and healthy junk food.
Worst Foods
Fried Chicken
Our favorite fried chicken is one the worst junk foods you can consume. Frying instantly makes any food bad for health, but, the homemade version is slightly better. Fried chicken available in restaurants is packed with saturated fat, excess sodium, and chemicals like MSG. Most places reuse the oil a number of times, making it extremely harmful for your health. There are health risks like obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases associated with consumption of fried chicken.
French Fries
Crispy, salty, and absolutely tasty, what's not to like in French fries! Another fried food that possesses a lot of health risks, French fries are definitely not good for you. They don't have any nutritional benefits, and are very high in calories. And yes, don't forget the ketchup that you slather on the fries. It is packed with chemicals, preservatives, and refined sugars.
Donuts are tasty, and a comfort food for many people. Since they are so delicious, it is obvious that they are bad for you (i know right?!). Firstly they are fried, and secondly they are packed with too much sugar. Even a plain donut has sugar almost equivalent to your daily consumption needs. Think about the various toppings you enjoy your donuts with cream, chocolate, caramel, and so much more. Yes, too many donuts will increase your cholesterol, and are really bad for your heart. For a healthier version, you can make donuts at home occasionally.
Sodas are absolutely useless nutritionally, as they are just empty calories. They have too much sugar, and high fructose corn syrup is used, which is very bad for the body. Excess consumption will lead to weight gain, and teeth and bone damage. Go for plain water, or fresh fruits instead. And yes, diet sodas are no better.
The cheese, the fried meat, the mayonnaise, the salt, and what not, burgers are literally fat bombs. Even the sauces and ketchup are filled with salt and preservatives. They are best avoided as they can clog your arteries. Too much consumption is definitely not good for your heart. Go for simple homemade sandwiches instead.
Salt, cheese, sauce, and bread are main culprits here. Of course, you can make it worse by going for extra cheese, or other such options. The best substitute would be wheat crust ones with minimal cheese or homemade pizza.
American Junk Food
There is much ado about the American fast food joints, which have remarkably spread their branches all over the world. As a result, it becomes obvious to make a special list of the American junk food.

Arby's Apple Turnover
Arby's Cherry Turnover
Arby's Cinnamon Twist
A&W Papa Burger
A&W Original Bacon Double Cheeseburger
A&W Original Double Cheeseburger
A&W Fries (Chili Cheese, Cheese, Chili, Kids Fries, Large Fries, etc.)
A&W Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Boston Market Chocolate Cake
Boston Market Pastry Top Chicken Pot Pie
Burger King Hash Browns
Burger King French Fries
Burger King Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit
Burger King Ham, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit
Burger King Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Burger King BK Chicken Fries
Burger King Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich
Burger King Cini-minis
Dairy Queen Chicken Strip
Dairy Queen Onion Rings
Dairy Queen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard
Dairy Queen FlameThrower Grillburger
Domino's Garlic Dipping Sauce
Jack in the Box Fish & Chips
Jack in the Box Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges
Jack in the Box Natural Cut Fries
Jack in the Box Onion Rings
Jack in the Box Seasoned Curly Fries
Jack in the Box Spicy Chicken Biscuit
Jack in the Box Sampler Trio
Jack in the Box Spicy Chicken Bites
Jack in the Box Plain Chicken Biscuit
Jack in the Box Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Jack in the Box Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Jack in the Box Original French Toast Sticks
Jack in the Box Sausage Biscuit
Jack in the Box Sourdough Ultimate Cheeseburger
Jack in the Box Stuffed Jalapeños
Jack in the Box Blueberry French Toast Sticks
Jack in the Box Sausage Croissant
KFC Chicken and Biscuit Bowl
KFC Chicken Pot Pie
McDonald's French Fries
McDonald's Baked Apple Pie
McDonald's Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips
McDonald's Hotcakes (2 pats margarine & syrup)
Sonic French Toast Sticks
White Castle French Fries
White Castle Onion Chips
White Castle Clam Strips
White Castle Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
White Castle Fish Nibblers
White Castle Chicken Rings
White Castle Hot Chocolate
White Castle Homestyle Onion Rings
White Castle Fish Nibblers
Does this mean that the foods which are not in the list of junk food are healthy and safe for us? Well, no. As a part of a healthy diet, one must always make sure to stay away from these things and purposefully make some healthy choices. What are these healthy choices? Well, at first, get out of the misconception that there is no such thing as a 'healthy fast food'! There are a few 'junk' food items, which are healthy and tasty!
Healthy Junk Food
Items in the following list of junk food agree with the CA SB 19 Act 2001 which is about the Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement.

Barbara's Granola Bars, Cinnamon Raisin, Oats and Honey, Carob Chip & Peanut Butter
Barbara's Multigrain Cherry, Strawberry & Apple Cinnamon Cereal Bars
Barbara's Snackimals, Oatmeal, Carob Chip, & Vanilla
Basil's Animal Crackers
Blue Diamond Plain Almond
Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
Bodhi Jungle Nut Crunch Bar
Cal-Tropic Ameri-Mix Fruit & Nut Snack Mix
Cal-Tropic Totally California Trail Mix
Cliff Bars - Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch, Cookies, Chocolate Almond Fudge and Crème and Chocolate Brownie
Cliff ZBar: peanut butter, chocolate brownie, apple caramel
Dakota Gourmet Honey Roasted Sunflower Kernel
Dakota Gourmet Lightly Salted Sunflower Kernel
David Pumpkin Seeds
David Sunflower Seeds
Envirokidz Crispy Rice Bar
Famous Amos Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Fig Newmans
Frito Lay Baked Doritos
Frito Lay Baked Lays
Frito Lay Rold Gold Pretzels
Frunola Energy Bars
General Mills Chex Mix
General Mills Morning Mix
Genisoy Soy Crisps
Glad Corn Original A-Maizing Gorn Snack
Golden Nut Chile Y Limon Garbanzos
Golden Nut Chile Y Limon Havas
Health Valley Apple Cobbler
Health Valley Granola Bars
Health Valley Solar Bars, Berry, Peanut Butter & Chocolate
Health Valley Strawberry Cobbler
Kellogg's Nutrigrain Bars
Kellogg's Pop Tarts
Kettle Krisps, BBQ & Low Salt
Kettle Valley Fruit Bars
Kirkland's Trail Mix
Kudos Milk Chocolate Granola Bars, Chocolate Chip & M & M's Flavor
Luna Bars
Mr. Krispers Rice Chips
Mr. Nature Unsalted Trail Mix
Nabisco Corn Nuts, Original, BBQ, Chili Picante Con Limon, Red Hot, Taco
Natural Value Fruit Leathers, Apricot, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry
Nature Valley Bars
Newman's Own Salted Rounds Pretzels
Pita Cheddar Cheese Snax
Pita Cinnamon Snax
Planter's "Heat" Hot Spicy Peanuts
Planter's Peanuts
Robert's American Gourmet Buds
Robert's American Gourmet Fruity Booty
Robert's American Gourmet Pirate Booty
Robert's American Gourmet Potato Flyers
Snyder's Pretzels
Soy Nut Butter Pretzel Sticks
Tumaro's Krispy Crunchy Puffs, Tangy BBQ, Natural Corn, Ranch and Herb & Cheddar
These are some healthy junk foods, but one cannot and should not depend entirely upon them. For a healthier body and mind, you must always rely upon a balanced diet. To ensure that you get all the required nutrition, you must consume plenty of vegetables, fruits, and fibers. Try and drink as much water as possible, instead of the unhealthy carbonated drinks. Remember, the more you depend on the natural foods, the healthier will you be. Take care!