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Soda, potato chips, nachos, candy, doughnuts, curly fries, and (my personal favorite) late-night cheesy bread from a certain national pizza chain that shall remain nameless — what do all these things have in common? They’re tasty and delicious delights, obviously. But, they also all fall under the classification of junk food — otherwise defined as: Any food that’s high in calories, low in nutrients, and generally tastes so good you wonder why you can’t eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course, you don’t because these foods are bad for you. But, what does “bad” actually mean?
We decided to find out. We compared ingredients and investigated the most common three ingredients in most junk food: fructose, fat, and food dyes.