Essay On The Dangers Of Processed Food

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The Dangers of Consuming Processed Foods:
It’s Effects on the Body and the healthier substitutes
Gurman Johal
Sandalwood Heights Secondary School

The Western Diet Epidemic
“What an extraordinary achievement for a civilization: to have developed the one diet that reliably makes its people sick!” (Pollan, pg. xii) Despite being unethical and, to a certain extent evil, our society has turned a vital process into a life-harming crisis. Valuing money over the health of the people, our society has commercialized, food turning it into an edible sickness and a multi-million dollar industry. Many refer to this epidemic as the Western diet best expressed by the words of Michael Pollan. “Populations that eat a so-called Western diet-
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Fast food with a Side of Diseases
Shockingly, one of the biggest contributors to Western diseases is also one of the most popular. The health risks associated with the consumption of fast food are well known around the world. A poll from the Huffington post in 2013 found that 76% of Americans agreed that fast food is “not good for you” or “not good for you at all” (Tepper, 2013). Yet, eight out of ten Americans will still eat from fast food restaurants at least once a month (Figure 1.1), with a large proportion of those surveyed eating fast food at least once a week. But why is fast food so bad for you? Well, fast foods are heavily processed, meaning that they are packed with high amounts of added sugars, salts, unhealthy fats and carbohydrates. This provides an excess amount of calories while offering little to no nutritional value. Which can lead to high blood pressure, acne, depression, blood sugar spikes, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes (Langton, 2015). This is primarily caused by the high amounts of carbohydrates found in fast food. When these carbohydrates are broken down, they cause sharp blood sugar
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chips, cookies, fruit gummies, etc.). Not only are these snacks harmful to the body but they contain quite a few extra calories. So what should we snack on? Well, we should eat what our race has been eating for generations the real unprocessed foods. Like the fruits and vegetables, which are the sweet, healthy, and nutritious found raw in nature (Pollan, 2009). Not only are fruits and vegetables low in calories (preventing obesity), but they also promote general health in a variety of ways. Firstly, fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fibres, and antioxidants (Figure 3.1, 3.2). This boosts our body’s immune system, digestion, growth and several other things (Young, 2012) refer to figure 3.3 for a full list. In addition, fruits and vegetables are made of complex carbs and provide a stable source of energy; they also improve focus and performance in school and work (Paula, 2014). Making fruits and vegetables the ideal snack choice over processed foods. Fresh fruits are available at local farmer markets, but buying organic is the best choice because organic fruits are grown in good soil that is free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers (Pollan, 2009). Pollan also recommends eating fruits in their raw form over a juice to avoid consuming too much. One of the best ways to implement fruits and vegetables into one’s diet is to cut them up, put them

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