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Today Is National Junk Food Day

By: Tye Richmond
July 21st is National Junk Food Day. Yes, Junk Food Day is a very real thing.
According to nationalcalenderday.com it says ,”With the advent of packaged foods during the late 1800s, junk food made its way into American life. Still, home-cooked meals remained the standard for several more decades. Eventually, after World War II, the artery-clogging industry took off. Since the population ate out more, traveled more, the industry was primed to produce products at an increased rate.”

“From the frozen food aisle to fast food chains, a myriad of choices for consumers flooded the market. Potato chips, baked goods and so much more filled supermarket shelves, prepackaged and ready to go.”

It continues to say “By the 1970s, junk foods earned a name and a bad one, too. Michael Jacobson, a microbiologist, is credited with coining the phrase junk food. He also set out to curb our appetite for the high sugar, high salt, high preservative foods Americans consumed at an alarming rate.”
Yes, we shouldn’t eat junk food but at the same time we all do it because it is so good. I think everybody has there favorite junk foods but here are my two favorite junk foods.
My favorite is little Debbie oatmeal creme pie. “The Little Debbie® snack that started it all! Oatmeal Creme Pies (OCP) have been satisfying families since 1960 as the very first snack baked under the Little Debbie brand name. Whole grain oats, molasses, and irresistible creme filling combine to create this classic treat.
“Available in single serve, family packs, and big packs, there’s a size for everyone! Whether you like your OCP with a scoop of ice cream, a tall glass of milk, a warm mug of hot chocolate, or fresh from the freezer, Oatmeal Creme Pies are available year round.”
My second favorite junk food would be nacho cheese Doritos. The inventor of the Dorito was Arch West, who invented the chip after a family vacation in Southern California.
 Legends say that in 1964, West stopped at a roadside stall to purchase a bag of fried tortilla chips. He marveled at the site of the greasy fried tortilla chips and had an epiphany. As a “traveling” cheese salesman and a Madison Avenue advertising manager (he handled accounts related to Jell-O), Mr. West was well-versed in snack foods. So, he decided to pitch an idea to his company—the Frito Company–about a triangle-shaped tortilla snack, which was a compliment to the light chips the company offered, as well as the hearty crunch of the Fritos.
In 1966, Frito released the ‘Taco’ flavor, followed by the sale of the Dorito’s ‘Nacho’ flavor in 1972, the brand’s most popular and iconic flavor that many love today!
You give me some Doritos and a little Debbie creme pie I will be set for life. Plus add on an Arizona pink lemonade iced tea and I will be in heaven.
What’ your favorite junk food?
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