Cultural Influences On The American Diet

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Americans’ diets are extremely diverse and consist of food ranging from the healthy nourishment of nature’s bounty to unwholesome sweets such as the Twinkie. The variety of food choices have increased over time with the implementation of the industrial food chain in which farmers tend to one crop on large amounts of land through irrigation and the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. However, the industrial food chain has put our personal health and the health of the environment at risk by being more concerned with production, profitability and convenience than nutritional requirements. Local supermarkets offer many items for the consumer to purchase and most people are not aware that the common ingredient in these foods is corn. …show more content…
Back in 2002, Newsweek “What Happens If it was all a Big Fat Lie” sparked a complete change in what and how we should eat, no longer high carbs, but instead a diet high in fat. We are far more concerned about the information contained in diet books on healthy eating instead of understanding how our food is processed. Trends such as Atkin’s diet lead us to even unhealthier eating habits. Instead of relying on our natural abilities to make proper nutrition choices, are behaviors are driven by mainstream media and cultural influences that seem to override our better judgement. Social pressures and the inability to see through the motives of large food producers have caused us to subordinate our well-being to that of corporate …show more content…
The residents of the industrial world have seen rising concern over the frequency of obesity, heart failure, and diabetes as they take dieting advice from books and mainstream media. Our world has become obsessed with saving time and eating unhealthy foods that are cheap and fast. However, the health of humanity is not the only thing at risk as environmental concerns have also become an issue with the industrial food chain. With the use of fertilizers and pesticides, people have begun to destroy the natural environment and have jeopardized the future of the planet through unsustainable growing practices. Although the industrialization of the food chain has led to mass production and has allowed us to feed many more people, individuals are not getting the nutrition they need and the natural world is suffering from the effects of this

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