In Michael Pollan’s essay “Escape from the Western Diet,” he directly to Americans about the western diet and why he believes they need to escape from it. The reason Americans should escape the western diet is to avoid the harmful effects associated with it such as “western diseases” (Pollan, 420). To support his view on the issue, Pollan describes factors of the western diet that dictate what Americans believe they should eat. These factors include scientists with their theories of nutritionist, the food industry supporting the theories by making products, and the health industry making medication to support those same theories. Overall, Pollan feels that in order to escape this diet, people need to get the idea of it out of their heads. In turn, he provides his own rules for escaping the western diet as well as the idea of nutritionist set forth by scientists.
Fed Up is a documentary made in 2014 that is based on the issues caused by the American food industry. Fed Up, uncovers America’s true secrets about the food people consume every day. More specifically, it reveals the affect sugar has on people’s bodies. As a result, the amount of sugar in food, the bodies consent of glucose, and the satisfying taste it brings, too much sugar could cause certain sicknesses causing the body to not work the way it supposed to.
We often consume more sugar than is needed. An overdose of sugar may lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. The maximum recommended additive of sugar a day is 6 teaspoons or 24 grams for women and 9 teaspoons or 36 grams for men. Sugar is the one of the basic ingredients in many products so the daily consumption of sugar is quite high. Sugar is made up of two molecules, glucose and fructose. If too much fructose is taken into the body, the liver turns the energy into liver fat which causes metabolic diseases. It also, shuts down the part of the brain that tells you when you are full. And because of this, people are consuming a lot more calories than they need. A lot of products that we eat or drink have a lot of sugar. Soft
The sugar trade was a money making machine and was driven by consumer demand, perfect farming land, and the hours of labor. In the seventeen and eighteen hundreds Great Britain had a money making business know as the sugar trade. The sugar trade made it so Britain would buy slaves from Africa and send them over to the Caribbean where they would farm sugar.
They don’t even take the time learn about these ingredients, to know their positives and negatives. And it 's because of this processing of foods that people are getting diseases and allergies more easily. Back in the day, they didn’t have processed foods. Most things were homemade or didn’t have those big words like “riboflavin”. But all these big words in the ingredient list on foods isn’t just a problem. Sugar, which is in almost everything, is one of the biggest problems. As noted on, “Is Sugar Toxic”, Dr. Robert Lustig, the lead researcher says sugar links to a number of diseases from obesity to heart disease. He also states that 75% of these are preventable. Studies have shown that when we consume sugar, it’s equivalent to when someone does cocaine. Another study by Dr. Cantley has shown that sugar can help cancerous cells grow and multiply. Doctors recommend at most 100 grams of sugar a day to limit these harmful effects. After hearing this, I was stunned. Soon after I limited my sugar
The food industry is the worldwide diversified industry which has to do with anything relevant with food from food education to marketing but principally the industry produces and or provides food to essentially all people on the planet. The only people who are excluded from the food industry are self-sustaining farmers and hunter-gatherers. It is one of the largest industries in the world and continues to grow because people need food and the population is increasing every day. In America, the food industry possesses such an important role, yet there are so many problems within the industry which is ruining the society as we know it. Countless social issues within America today can be traced back to the food industry. Although
Over the last few decades, eating habits have changed. The eating habit of our ancestors would be completely unrecognizable to many of us nowadays. We graze our way through the day, eating on crisps or chocolate and drinking sodas to keep us going. In the article “Remark to the NAACP National Convention” speaker Michele Obama speaks the participant of NAACP to promote fitness and better eating in a campaign against childhood obesity called “Let’s move”. In her speech she talks about how the diet was when she was a child and how the diet and daily activity of a child have effect on childhood obesity.
I agree with Weintraub. How are children supposed to know how much is too much. The commercials don’t tell the kids not to eat too much of their product or they’ll get obese. They say things like ” It’s magically delicious” and “ It’s great”. Commercials are meant to get people’s attention and get them to buy their product. Parents are the ones to tell their children to hold back on the sweets and eat something healthy with every unhealthy meal or to do 10 push-ups for every 100 calories eaten. Things that will sort of force them to stay healthy. There is always a way to eat unhealthy foods and still stay healthy.
Did you know that Americans spent $76 billion dollars on soda or energy drinks in 2013? Teens today consume too much sugar from sugary drinks. The youth today are more unhealthy than previous generations and need to reduce their sugar. The article,”Soda Showdown”, written by Rebecca Zissou, presents two perspectives about taxing sugary drinks.
Have you ever wondered what today’s world would be like without candy? In the first article, the author talked about how candy was invented, the “Golden Age”, and how when candy was first invented it was expensive and hard to find. In the second article the author talks about nutrition facts, how much sugar is in foods, and it gave some ideas on how to not eat so much sugar. The two articles present many differences, and many similarities on how americans have been influenced by sugar.
As Woolston (2015) clearly conveyed, “Fatty, unbalanced, and oversized: That, in a nutshell, is the American diet.” With an escalation in fast food restaurants numbers, health food prices, and portion sizes, the typical American diet relics as a death sentence, encompassing fat, cholesterol, and sodium filled meals. Americans typically consume food that occurs quick and inexpensive, not comprehending the effect that this food deposits on their health. Apprehending the impact that the American diet places on health, the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans" serves as a guideline to help Americans rid of their old habits, reaching towards a healthy diet and weight.
The article, Is Sugar Toxic?, by Gary Taubes is about how sugar may be the reason why we are all unhealthy and how sugar is not good for the body. This article is similar to the book, Year Of No Sugar, because in the book Eve, the author, talks about Lustig who was someone that she listened to on youtube and the article mentions him. Mr. Lustig states, “It’s not all about the calories”(Taubes), which in Eve’s memoir she says that it is also the sugar that is making us fat. The article exclaims that health effects about sugar go back longer than one may think. Taubes says that high fructose corn syrup has been replacing regular added sugar in soft drinks and other products because refined sugar, “had the reputation as a generally noxious
Processed foods and beverages are the biggest sources of added sugar (and High fructose) in the diet. Sugar is very unhealthy and can have serious adverse effects on metabolism when consumed in excess. Sugar contains a lot of calories, with no essential nutrients. It also causes tooth decay by feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth. For people who are inactive and eat a processed food, large amounts of fructose from added sugars get turned into fat in the liver. Excess fructose gets turned into fat, which can lodge in the liver and cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Cornish (2002) sent a questionnaire to parents to determine which parents tried dietary intervention such as a GFCF diet, how much money was spent to maintain the GFCF diet, what type and which food substitutes were used and how much support was given to the families. Each of the guardians had to fill out a 3 day food diary to determine the nutrients each food and drink was consumed by the children (Cornish, 2002). A computer program called Microdiet 9.1 analyzed the amount of nutrients and compared the results to other children by the same age and sex (Cornish, 2002). During the study, for 12 of the children that had no diet experienced lower levels of nutrient intake measured by the Lower Reference Nutrient Intake such a zinc, calcium, iron,
A major reason for regulating sugary drinks is to prevent non-communicable diseases among children. If children consume sugary beverages every day, they may experience symptoms such as: weight gain, poor diet and health and tooth decay in children. Meanwhile, there is less control of sugar level which leads to diabetes. Another reason for regulating sugary drinks is to reduce pollution.