A Day for Indulgence

July 21st is National Junk Food Day!

Although overindulging on junk food all the time isn’t a healthy lifestyle, it’s perfectly normal to treat yourself every once in a while. So, what better way to celebrate than to enjoy your favorite junk food?

While the term “junk food” is relatively new, people were still indulging in unhealthy foods all throughout history.

Facts About the History of Junk Food:

  • Cracker Jack, America’s first junk food, was invented by Frederick and Louis Rueckheim in 1896.
  • Foods such as peanuts, popcorn, and Cracker Jack were sold and enjoyed at fairs throughout the nineteenth century.
  • In 1905, Leo Hershfield brought his recipe from Austria and created Tootsie Rolls in New York City which were named after his daughter, Tootsie.
  • In 1921, White Castle, America’s first fast food hamburger chain, opened in Wichita, Kansas.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were invented by Harry Burnett Reese in 1928.

Interested in a career with food?

DEPCO’s Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition curriculum teaches students about the science of food production and processing, basic nutrition concepts, and dietetics. Real-world experiences and techniques pertaining to food science are found in the activities of the dehydration of fruits and vegetables, observing microscopic cultures, and using software to analyze ingredients of common foods consumed by teens. Through such activities, students learn about food preservation, food safety, microorganism growth, food nutrition labels, and what the future of food science holds. The process of thermodynamics is also discussed as students learn how to make ice cream by following a simple recipe.

Click here to learn more about Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition.

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