Where There’s Recreational Cannabis Junk Food Sales are Higher

In areas where recreational cannabis has been legalized, sales of “junk” foods such as ice cream, cookies and chips have gone up, according to research from Georgia State University and the university of Connecticut in the December 2020 issue of Economics & Human Biology.

The economist researchers Alberto Chong and Michele Baggio say they have enough data to indicate it is a causal relationship.

In this first-of-its-kind study, it was shown that states where cannabis laws were lax had higher sales of high fat and sugar processed foods. Specifically, in counties located in marijuana legal states, monthly sales increased by 3.1 percent for ice cream, 4.1 for cookies, and 5.3 percent for chips.

To conduct their study, Chong and Baggio relied on differences in the timing of the legalization of recreational marijuana across states. They also compared retail food purchases for a subsample of marijuana-legal and  marijuana illegal contiguous

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Should stores ban you from buying junk food online? asks FEMAIL

Claire Foges supports the proposition that stores could ban you from buying junk food online

YES 

By Claire Foges 

A family bag of toffee popcorn; a super-sized packet of chocolate buttons; a 12-pack of cola: add to basket!

Now that so many of us are doing our food shopping online, there is even more temptation to pile our (virtual) trolleys high with naughty-but-nice things.

If you were in an actual supermarket, you might think twice before lobbing in another packet of biccies with your gluttony on display. But not so when calorie-laden snacks are just a click away.

So bravo to Will Quince MP and KPMG policy-maker Mark Essex, guests on a podcast which discussed a smart idea to stop us all rolling out of our houses come the end of lockdown: supermarket shoppers online should be able to opt in to a system that blocks them from putting junk

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Eating junk food ‘will cancel out positive effects of a healthy diet’

Eating junk food will cancel out all the positive effects of a healthy diet, a new study has suggested.



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Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago said that those who indulge in regular cheat days are more at risk of having long-term health issues and cognitive decline, even if they adhere to the Mediterranean diet most of the time.

That particular diet is considered to be the healthiest by experts, as it includes plenty of fruit, grains, vegetables, olive oil, oily fish, and potatoes.

The team observed more than 5,000 adults over the age of 65 between 1993 and 2012, and asked them to fill in a cognitive assessment questionnaire, as well as completing a checklist of the different types of foods they had consumed, every three years.

Researchers looked at how closely each of the participants adhered to a Mediterranean diet, and also

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Comfort-eating: People really do crave snacks and junk food when they are stressed, study finds

Stress really DOES make you crave snacks and junk food, study finds

  • Experts from Australia and NZ surveyed 137 adults about stress and their diets
  • Participants reported whether they felt anxious, nervous, panicky or worried
  • The team found people had more food cravings when they felt more tension
  • Furthermore, stress led to greater consumption of junk items and food overall 

People really do crave snacks and junk food to eat when they are stressed out by events in their lives, a study has confirmed.

Researchers from Australia and New Zealand surveyed 137 adults about their eating habits, feelings of tension and food cravings over the course of one week.

The subjects reported craving more food — and eating both more junk food but also more overall — the more tension they were

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