Is it OK to eat only a small amount of junk food?

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Sharon Richter, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Take away the thoughts of "good" and "bad" food.  Ideally, you should intake foods that are nutrient-dense and will give your body energy, protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals.  But give yourself a break once in a while. If you are really craving a less-healthy food, allow yourself to have a small amount of it.  Try to slowly chew each bit and see if it was as good as you hoped.  You can also try to make a healthier version. For example, when baking, replace the fat (butter/oil) with unsweetened apple sauce.
Dr. Lydie Hazan dispels the myth that eating fast food in small amounts is okay for teens. Watch this video from Discovery Health.

 

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