The Dangers Of Consuming Processed Foods Essay

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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- generally defined as a diet consisting of processed foods and meat, lots of added sugars and fats, lots of refined grains, lots of everything except fruits, vegetables, and whole grains-invariably suffer from higher rates of the so-called western diseases: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer” (pg. xii). Which is a literal shame, considering that the food industry successfully gets us to buy these processed foods. Nevertheless, there are ways to prevent the widespread of the Western diseases, done by simply avoiding processed foods like fast food and white bread and sticking to real food like fruits and vegetables for a healthier body.
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