The term junk food dates back at least to the early 1950s, although its coinage has been credited to Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in 1972. In 1952, the phrase appeared in a headline in the Lima, Ohio, News, “‘Junk Foods’ Cause Serious Malnutrition”, over a reprint of a 1948 article from the Ogden, Utah, Standard-Examiner, originally titled, “Dr. Brady‚Äôs Health Column: More Junk Than Food”. In the article, Dr. Brady writes, “What Mrs. H calls ‘junk’ I call cheat food. That is anything made principally of (1) white flour and or (2) refined white sugar or syrup. For example, white bread, crackers, cake, candy, ice cream soda, chocolate malted, sundaes, sweetened carbonated beverages. ” The term cheat food can be traced back in newspaper mentions to at least 1916.

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