Essay on The Foods Of The Food Industry
Food—it is loved by all, required for life, but widely abused. The food industry has come under attack, especially in the last few decades, by nutritionists and doctors concerned by the overwhelming health problems in the developed world.
Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are just a few of the myriad issues impacting
Americans today. Consumers must become educated on food labeling so that they can avoid foods dangerous to their health, and become more active in demanding quality food from the food industry.
Most people have known for decades what good eating habits are. They have been lectured to eat more fruits and vegetables and to stay away from “junk food” from the elementary level into adulthood. The problem, however, is that most of the food in any standard supermarket (excluding the produce section) has such pathetic nutritional value that you would be better off throwing it away rather than actually consuming it; these foods are temptingly delicious, creating a conflict between what people know is bad for them and what they ultimately choose to eat. People sometimes have this delusion that the food industry is harmless. However, the food industry cares about what is in the consumer’s wallet, not what fast food is clogging their arteries or what soft drinks are dehydrating their bodies and rotting their teeth.
Regular soda consumption, for example, has been found to increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. A study conducted in…