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Quotations about Junk Food
and Unhealthy Foods & Eating

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Marcie:  How can you pig-out on all that junk food every day, sir?
Peppermint Patty:  Life is more than carrot sticks, Marcie.
~Charles Schulz, Peanuts, 1979

If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food. ~Sally Edwards

Chemicals, n: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made. ~Author unknown

It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat. ~Robert Fuoss

You can't expect to look like a million bucks if you eat from the dollar menu. ~Author unknown

You can do a lot for your diet by eliminating foods that have mascots. ~Ted Spiker

Good food ain't cheap, and cheap food ain't good. ~Author unknown

Tyler turned down the candy because it would make him run slower. ~Chris Powell/Ashley Hylton, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

You can say this for ready-mixes — the next generation isn't going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make. ~Earl Wilson

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. ~Alfred E. Newman

Inside our bodies, junk food converts to chaos. ~Terri Guillemets

Dietician Von Eiffel controls the Wuff-Whiffer,
our Diet-Devising Computerized Sniffer,
on which you just simply lie down in repose
and sniff at good food as it goes past your nose...
he'll find out by Sniff-Scan the foods you like most.
And when that guy finds out
what you like,
you can bet it
won't be on your diet.
From here on, forget it!
~Dr. Seuss, You're Only Old Once!, 1986

The adulteration of food and drinks has become almost as general as the use of the article itself. Scarcely an article used by men in civilized countries has escaped this process, where it was possible to unite some cheaper substance with it. Flour, coffee, tea, sugar, butter and a hundred other articles that undergo this adulteration process. The methods have been so often exposed, that the public are tolerably acquainted with the manipulations these substances undergo at the hands of experts. ~"What We Eat," Gleason's Monthly Companion, 1879

High-tech tomatoes. Mysterious milk. Supersquash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us? ~Annita Manning

The breakfast slimes, angel food cake, doughnuts and coffee, white bread and gravy cannot build an enduring nation. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

We think fast food is equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking. ~Steve Elbert

If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn't organic produce just be called "produce" and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective? ~Terri Guillemets, "Soiled," 2003

Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialistic, otherworldly, New Age spiritual types. But if the material world is merely illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu and seaweed slime. ~Edward Abbey

This country is just beginning to feel that it is at war. The sugar shortage is one of the greatest blessings that ever happened to the people of this country, and if it will have done nothing better than to teach us that we can do without sugar, the war will have paid for itself.... The Lord never intended the child to develop a sweet tooth. He knew it would be a bad tooth.... Sugar is the curse of this country. ~Harvey W. Wiley, "The Teeth in War Time," 1918 January 27th, delivered at the Free Public Health Lecture Course of the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children  ["It does not matter if we eat unrefined sugar. It is the best sugar in the world. I do not care what the American Refining Company says in page advertisements." Ibid. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on. ~George Bernard Shaw

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars. ~Charles Kuralt

Anyhow, the hole in the doughnut is at least digestible. ~H.L. Mencken

The inventor of soda crackers has a place in hell. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)  [Okay, I get his point nutritionally, but they're such great comfort food when you're sick or sad. —tg]

For as nutrition is the best friend a human body ever has, so its worst enemy is stimulation. ~Dr. James C. Jackson, speech, May 1885, to the patients at Our Home on the Hillside

Ducky:  Do you even know the difference between good and bad cholesterol...?
Tony:  No, but I'm assuming it has something to do with taste.
~NCIS, "Mind Games," 2005, teleplay by Jeffrey A. Kirkpatrick and John C. Kelley  [S3, E3]

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. ~Joan Gussow

If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don't. ~Michael Pollan

Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. ~Michael Pollan

If you don't recognize an ingredient, your body won't either. ~Author unknown

We don't need a law against McDonald's or a law against slaughterhouse abuse — we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse. ~Joel Salatin

[W]henever I hear people say clean food is expensive, I tell them it's actually the cheapest food you can buy. That always gets their attention. Then I explain that with our food all of the costs are figured into the price. Society is not bearing the cost of water pollution, of antibiotic resistance, of food-borne illnesses, of crop subsidies, of subsidized oil and water — of all the hidden costs to the environment and the taxpayer that make cheap food seem cheap. No thinking person will tell you they don't care about all that. I tell them the choice is simple: You can buy honestly priced food or you can buy irresponsibly priced food. ~Joel Salatin

One simply does not drive home from McDonald's without eating any fries. ~Internet meme

Your body is a temple, not a drive-thru. ~Author unknown

      We come now to our own land, with which from the cheese-lover's viewpoint we may merge our good neighbor Canada. A Rembrandtesque picture presents itself, a dramatic mingling of light and shade.
      The blackest shadow, of course, is cast by processed "cheese." The word should always, like Soviet "democracy," be framed in quotes, for no matter what the law may say, I refuse to call this cheese.... It represents the triumph of technology over conscience....
      Bernard Shaw once warned us (he was speaking of mass entertainment) to be sure to get what we liked; otherwise we might begin to like what we got. There is the point—not that processed "cheese" is so bad in itself (though it is) but that its convenience, neatness, and cheapness give it so many advantages that it may elbow real cheese aside and in the end compass the death of our cheese-palates. Let us not be fooled. My guinea-pig son, aged one year and seven months, was not: fed a "cheese spread," he spat it out; fed a tiny bit of Stilton he took to it like an angel. Give our American children the processed corpse of milk and they will grow (I dare not say mature) into processed men, all package and no character.
      ~Clifton Fadiman, "The Cheese Stands Alone," Any Number Can Play, 1957

If you plant junk food in your body garden, how do you expect to harvest health? ~Terri Guillemets

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