Argumentative Essay On Fast Food

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Dr. William Osler once said, “We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy.” (Osler, as cited by Bryan, 1997). Nowadays fast food and junk food consumption has become increasingly popular because it is quicker, more convenient, and generally cheaper than purchasing healthy foods. However, the more we eat, the more it is taking a toll on our health nationwide. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (2010), an unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. Today I would like to talk about the contents of the food that we consume, the health issues that result from their consumption, and discuss…show more content…
However, this does not mean that they are entirely safe. Some food and color additives have been proven to induce allergic reactions, cause cancer, asthma, and birth defects even after they were approved for food use (Foundation, G. C.). For example, monosodium glutamate commonly referred to as MSG, is most often found in Chinese food. MSG can cause headaches, nausea, drowsiness, rapid heart rate, and chest pains (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 1995). Nitrites are another kind of food additive found in cured meats like hot dogs, bacon, and sausages. In 2006 a study found that people who regularly consume cured meats had a 71 percent greater chance of contracting lung disease than someone who does not (Daniells, S. 2006). Some food additives have been proven to cause cancer. These include artificial sweeteners like cyclamate, color additives like Violet No. 1, flavoring like Safrole used in root beer, and preservatives like BHA. These are just a few of the food additives that we consume regularly. Just imagine how many more are out there that can harm us. Unhealthy eating habits can also lead to life-threatening disease. The typical American diet is high in calories, fats, sodium, and sugar which contribute to some of the leading causes of death. Obesity in particular is a condition that can result from a poor diet and exercise. It is defined as an unhealthy amount of fat in the body which can be determined by the body

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