Concerns in the Western Diet Essay

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The western diet exists as a way of life for most Americans. The typical western diet is full of chemicals and unknown ingredients. Today it is not viewed as the most beneficial diet for humans to consume. Those who live on the western diet are exploding with health concerns. Some major health problems range from type two diabetes, high cholesterol, to being overweight. These health concerns are growing. Today, foods have many unknown ingredients and just really are not food. Michael Pollan discusses these issues in his book titled In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Pollans’ goal from this book is to inform people, mainly the eaters of the western diet, what this diet is and what it contains. He furthers his argument on…show more content…
The apple probably tasted fresh and like an apple. Today, an apple that is found in a modern super market contains preservatives, chemicals, wax and maybe more things we do not even know of. These were added just to keep the apples fresh for a longer period of time. Food today is not recognizable with all the new chemicals and preservatives being added to them. Although someone would still call it food, is it really food? Food used to be made from all natural ingredients. Today focuses on food that has a longer shelf life, not what item had the healthiest ingredients. Pollan specified in “Eat Food: Food Defined”, “It’s true that foods have long been processed in order to preserve them, as when we pickle or ferment or smoke, but industrial processing aims to do much more then extend shelf life” (149). Food can last years and years without spoiling. This can only happen with all the poisonous ingredients that are put into the food. With these special, unnatural ingredients present, the foods are not real. They turn into cheap, fat, and salt filled food. Food has become something that great-grandmother’s wouldn’t recognize. Pollans’ guideline is to find food that one’s great-grandmother would know. These foods would have five or less ingredients, most being being natural ingredients. Let’s take yogurt versus Go-Gurt as an example. Yogurt, when the great-grandmother
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