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convenience food

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

A general term for prepared, prepackaged food items, e.g., dehydrated soup packets, cold meat cuts, potted spreads and salads, tinned fruit, ice cream, etc. They are often hygienically...

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fast food

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Food served in restaurants or other outlets with limited and standardized menus. They are often takeaway or self-service establishments offering the same quality of product throughout the...

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juvenile obesity

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A growing public health problem in affluent nations, where children spend less time playing energetic games and more time passively watching television, often snacking on junk foods while...

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nutrient density

Overview page. Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

A measure of the amount of nutrients per unit energy of food. Nutrient density usually relates to the amount of vitamins and minerals (and sometimes proteins) per 100 g of the food or per...

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trans fats, trans fatty acids

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

The collective name for a group of synthetic fats produced by hydrogenating vegetable oils. So-called fast food and junk food may have high concentrations of trans fats. Modern technologies...

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