Summary Of Don T Blame The Eater

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The Power of Choice Close your eyes and envision yourself as a thirty-five year old mother living paycheck to paycheck, with three kids under the age of seven. Thoughts such as “What can I afford to feed the kids with tonight?” or “I know it’s not healthy but it’s their favorite thing to eat.” often implant themselves in your mind. Unfortunately, this is the position numerous Americans find themselves in today. David Zinczenko’s essay, Don’t Blame the Eater, provides insight into the issues associated with mainstream fast food ease of access and cost leading to overconsumption such as improperly labeled and hidden nutrition information and incorrect serving suggestions and the justification for placing blame upon big box companies for the …show more content…

Along with the majority of Americans, Zinczenko holds that typical fast food fair of french fries, burgers, and a large coke are exceptionally unhealthy but are appetizing due to minimal cost and fulfilling taste. Even though most people choose to consume traditional fast food, Zinczenko avoids discussion of healthy diets built upon the variety of food in many restaurants. Examples of healthy fast food options include grilled chicken wraps, salads, or fruit. All of these options are found in primary fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’, Chick-Fil-A, and countless others. Another positive consequence of healthy big box eating is the overall cost is virtually the same as greasy chicken nuggets and overly salted fries, many people feast upon for its cost effectiveness. In response to Zinczenko’s belief of Americans having no choice but to eat unhealthy food, because of the oversaturation of mainstream restaurants, is the new wave of health conscious restaurants springing up such as Zoe’s Kitchen, Panera Bread, and Moe’s Southwest Grill. These restaurants are exceptionally tasty and refreshing while remaining intentionally healthy. Finding positive food options, contrary to Zinczenko’s understanding, is increasingly …show more content…

Delving into details, Ziczenko describes how countless fast food articles lack bold “warning” labels to convey the toxic consequences of the food. However, Zinczenko fails to assess the abundance of systematic information discovered on virtually all big box restaurants’ websites. Clear and loaded with knowledge of products is the example of McDonald’s online menu, which describes almost every imaginable aspect of the food items. Moreover, Zinczenko evades mentioning how all individuals hold inherent common sense towards which types of food would be more beneficial to themselves. From the innocent kindergartener to the wise World War Two veteran and all people in between readily realize a grilled chicken salad and a glass of water are exponentially healthier than a refried, jumbo-sized, chicken nugget combo. When individuals choose to put down the greasy cheeseburger and pick up a refreshing chicken wrap instead, drastic positive transformations in general health, energy level, and quality of life begin to materialize. Although this metamorphosis requires consistency and time, the profits once achieved are invaluable. Countering Zinczenko’s claim of corporations being the culprits behind widespread national obesity is the dissemination of nutritional information and the logical enforcement of common

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