The Extraordinary Science Of Addictive Junk Food Essay

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Obesity can cause several problems making it one of the most expensive diseases to treat. What goes in a human body can cause many long term health effects. Eating foods high in sugar, salt, or fat can lead to serious health concerns such as obesity or hypertension. The “convenient and inexpensive” foods advertised by many food companies have a much higher price tag than expected. These particular food companies have been at fault with the nations growing health concerns. By overloading food products with sugar, salt, and fat, food companies have been poisoning America. “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food” written by Michael Moss gives a new perspective of food companies and their ways to attract people to eat more of their products …show more content…
As also stated in one of Moss’ previous books, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, these ingredients are added to processed foods to have consumers crave more. For the average person, the recommended sugar intake is about 6 teaspoons per day. With major food companies adding sugar to all of their foods, it is easy to go over the recommended amount. For example, a simple jar of spaghetti sauce contains sugar. As Moss previously said about this extra ingredient to pasta sauce “the food industry already knew some things about making people happy—and it started with sugar… A mere half-cup of Prego Traditional, for instance, has the equivalent of more than two teaspoons of sugar” (Moss 263). Many individuals would think that pasta sauce is harmless and perhaps even beneficial to one’s health. With Prego adding sugar to all of their sauces they are taking advantage of the limbic system in the brain which craves sugar, salt and fat, as well as consuming a third of the recommended value with just a half-cup of their product (Moss 269). With todays world, sugar is added to everything to make it sweet. Eat another product and one has already gone over the …show more content…
By overloading foods with sugar, salt, and fat, many consumers are manipulated by large food industries to ensure addiction. Going over the daily recommended value of these ingredients, consumers begin to gain weight as well as other diseases. Obesity is now becoming a rising epidemic due to the overuse of these ingredients and is known to be one of the most expensive to cure. With products being high in sugar, salt, and fat, the limbic system in the brain begins to crave more and more of these particular foods. Many of these products are both cheap and inexpensive which appeals to anyone who is hungry and wants to save money. As of today, large food industries deny the responsibility of making America unhealthy and refuse to change their products recipes. The one question of the future is will they ever change these recipes and will obesity just be a disease written off in medical

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