Don't you just love when you a lounging on the couch and a food commercial comes on and you just want to eat the screen. Well, there is a cost to that happiness.

I drool when I watch TV and a food commercial comes on. The one problem I have is that when I go to that specific restaurant, the food never looks as good as the commercial. But, it you were to only eat food that was advertised on television, you would be in a sorry state indeed.

According to Rodale Wellness, your diet would be laden with huge amounts of sugar and fat and virtually no fresh fruit and vegetables, according to researchers from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, who analyzed what would happen if someone ate 2,000 calories a day only from foods that were advertised on TV.

The research team, led by Michael Mink, analyzed the food advertised during 84 hours of prime time broadcasts and 12 hours of Saturday morning broadcasts during one month in 2004. Based on this analysis, a daily diet of food from TV ads would include the following:

  • 25 times the recommended servings of sugar.
  • 20 times the recommended servings of fat.
  • Less than half the recommended servings of vegetables, fruit and dairy products.