Junk food used to be just an occasional "treat" but these days Australians are eating more, and more often. 

Junk food and sport? It's just not cricket

Junk food companies like KFC spend big dollars sponsoring sporting events like Cricket Australia's Big Bash League to try and turn our passion for sport into a profit. TV advertising during peak viewing times and PR stunts designed to grab attention promote the association of junk food with sport to try and normalise our attitudes towards junk food.

It's a junk food marketing battle hard to beat.

The truth is, the meals that these junk food companies promote are loaded with kilojoules, fat, salt and sugar. This is not the kind of food that athletes run on. A KFC Favourites Box contains 58% of a person's energy needs for the day. It would take an average person almost 3 hours at the crease to burn off just one of these meals.

KFC Favourites Box

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There's loads of healthier options that you can stash in your bag or car. Perfect when hunger strikes and food options are limited!

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Junk foods are packed with kilojoules, sugar, saturated fat and salt that your body doesn’t need.

What used to be an occasional treat has become an everyday event. The average Aussie adult now gets a third of their kilojoules from junk food, displacing the healthy foods that we really need.

Junk foods are heavily promoted to us on the tv, on billboards, while at the supermarket - even when trying to buy petrol! Find out what you can do to avoid the junk food trap by scrolling through our top tips.

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1. Plan ahead

Pack your lunch the night before. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a sandwich or leftovers, some fruit and yoghurt and a handful of nuts will work just fine.

Healthy vs unhealthy trolley
2. Compare the cost of junk food vs healthy food

Ask yourself, is junk food really cheaper? A trolley full of fruit and vegies, wholegrains, reduced-fat dairy, lean meat, canned beans and tins of tuna is a lot better value than a trolley full of junk food.

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3. Be prepared

Keep a stash of nuts and fruit and a water bottle in your bag or car for when cravings hit. That way you’ll be less tempted to buy junk food when you’re out and about. Check out our on-the-go snack selector for more ideas.

Sushi rolls
4. Make better take-away choices

When grabbing a snack or lunch on-the-run choose healthier options like sushi, rice paper rolls, sandwiches, wraps, toasted sandwiches or fruit and yoghurt. Instead of sugary drinks, choose plain milk, a lower sugar flavoured milk, tea, coffee or water.