Junk food is a term that doesn’t exist in Prof. Rickey Yada’s vocabulary. But unhealthy diet does. So does single-serving portions. And baked, not fried. Yada, scientific director at the Advanced Foods and Materials Network, told a gathering at a recent News@Noon information seminar in Guelph that food most people call junk is OK, in moderation.  Better yet if it’s prepared with less fat and salt, like the Lay’s chips pictured below.

Checking the nutrition label is key to figuring out what constitutes a reasonable-sized serving. I write about this and Yada’s position on so-called junk food in today’s Urban Cowboy, in the Guelph Mercury.