Essay On Processed Food

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Moderation Is Key Forget everything you may have heard about processed foods! It is not making people obese in today’s society. How isn’t it? There are so many foods that are considered to be processed; you would be surprised. David H. Freedman is known for his widely published articles on the subjects of science, technology, and health care. In his essay, “How Junk Food Can End Obesity,” the reality is that fast food and processed food are not much worse than the foods that “wholesome” food stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, carry. It is inevitable; people will always turn to fast food. Because fast food chains constantly surround us, it is easily accessible and inexpensive. As a society, we need to embrace fast food and not shy …show more content…
It can be as simple as freezing or drying food to preserve nutrients and freshness, or as complex as formulating a frozen meal with the right balance of nutrients and ingredients” (Foundation, 2010). Canned fruit and vegetables, prepackaged salad mix, rotisserie chicken, breakfast cereals, and deli meat, are all examples of processed foods. It is not only Little Debbie snacks, chocolate bars, or fast food like most people picture in their minds. One example of how processed foods are similar or healthier than unprocessed foods is the comparison between frozen vegetables and fresh vegetables. Prepackaged frozen vegetables are more nutritious than fresh vegetables simply because the vitamins and minerals are stored in the frozen vegetables much longer than in the fresh …show more content…
They have the perfect opportunity to serve items that are rich in nutrients and will help a person live a healthy lifestyle. Of course, too much of a good thing can be bad, for example, salt. Salt is needed for the body, but too much intake can lead to cholesterol and heart disease. Freedman says it best in his essay, “The fact is, there is simply no clear, credible evidence that any aspect of food processing or storage makes a food uniquely unhealthy. The U.S. population does not suffer from a critical lack of any nutrient because we eat so much processed food” (518). If a person wants to lose weight and keep it off, health experts suggest lean protein and complex carbs along with a substantial amount of water intake and exercise. These protein and complex carbs, as well as other nutrients and vitamins, are found in processed foods. These processed foods can be found at fast food chains or at the regular grocery store. Together we can prevent obesity by moderation, less calorie intake, and paying special attention to nutritional labels. Our society does not need to stay away from processed foods to live a healthy

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