Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

Junk food is not "real" food

Any single food in inappropriate quantities can be called junk food, any food eaten in moderation and with variety can be appropriately nutritious...

In the world of abstract logic, perhaps. In practical reality, no.

Some foods are just more nutritious than others, and some foods cause more trouble than the nutrients that they provide. There is junk food that is just based on empty calories and toxic elements that then have to be worked on by the body to just remove (much more so than other food). You could say that junk food is perhaps better than no food, if someone is really starving. But it does not magically become good for you because you eat it "in moderation and variety".

FYI: “toxic elements” is a quack term when it comes nutrition. Everything is poisonous (i.e. “toxic”) at the right dosage level.

Also, a “nutrient” is just something that promotes growth and provides energy. That makes olive oil and sticks of butter a lot more “nutrient rich” than a pile of broccoli. Nobody will survive on the latter alone.

Regardless. Death is death. And while we have traditionally feared shortage, the truth is excess - albeit of the wrong "foods" - is now the bigger problem.

Yes, although it's globalizing a pretty big problem. What you said is absolutely true in countries that are adopting a more modern western diet (eg. those upping their intake of processed foods, more meat, tobacco/alcohol, etc. + a bunch of factors around things like AIDS, malaria, diarrhoea, etc. not killing them before those things have a chance to do so which all usually take much longer.

If we're talking about many countries in sub saharan Africa for instance though, I'd say shortage is still a problem and probably going to get worse with climate change since Africa is particularly vulnerable (literally read an article about this yesterday but can't find the link right now)

Applications are open for YC Winter 2020

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact